The Habit Burger Grill and San Diego Fans Raise More Than $11,000 For Reboot, Helping San Diego Veterans Transition Back to Civilian Life

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(IRVINE, CA) June 23, 2016 – The Habit Burger Grill and thousands of hungry fans in San Diego raised more than $11,000 to support National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), also known as REBOOT, a non-profit that helps veterans transition back to civilian life. As a way to celebrate National Burger Month and to introduce its new San Diego-based catering truck, The Habit held fundraising events through San Diego County with 100% of the proceeds going to Reboot Workshops.

NVTSI has helped thousands of veterans make the challenging switch back to civilian life through workshops that focus on relearning civilian culture while using military skills to their advantage. The educational workshops build upon military training and experience while preparing for life after the military. Through their employer-focused initiative, Operation REBOOT, NVTSI will match veterans with more than 500 area businesses.

“REBOOT Workshops are all about helping veterans learn new habits. At REBOOT, we focus on taking the positive training from the military and adding back in the soft skills necessary for a better quality of life as a civilian. This financial support will allow us to offer another workshop this year, and we are very grateful to The Habit and the people of San Diego for their support,” said Maurice Wilson, president and executive director of NVTSI.

“At The Habit, better burgers are just the beginning as we serve the community. We appreciate the support of our San Diego fans and excited to know this effort will help Reboot serve even more veterans,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of the Habit Burger Grill.

The Habit Burger Grill opened its first San Diego location in 2011, and now operates nine restaurants in San Diego with three more planned to open in the area year. The new San Diego based catering truck offers the same high quality flame grilled burgers and full menu as the restaurants and can be booked for parties or events at https://www.habitburger.com/habit-truck/.

The Habit may be found on social media at facebook.com/habitburger, instagram.com/habitburgergrill, twitter.com/habitburger and youtube.com/habittube. For more details on The Habit Burger Grill, please visit habitburger.com.

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit Burger Grill opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and has since grown to more than 145 restaurants in 16 markets throughout California, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington. More information is available at  www.habitburger.com.

About Reboot

National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., a San Diego based 501 (c)(3) organization known as Reboot, is dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based, best-practice performance techniques. Reboot WorkshopsTM help veterans achieve their full potential and goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community life functioning. For more information, visit http://www.nvtsi.org/.

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Bank of America Supports REBOOT with Grant

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

NVTSI is thrilled to partner with Bank of America Orange County, as they help Operation REBOOT to expand into the Orange County region and help us do what we do best – successfully reintegrate veterans as they return from service.

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We are proud of our close to 83 graduating classes. That’s 1,450 total graduates!

Now, with the help of our new partner, their $10,000 grant will help Orange County servicemen and women reintegrate into the workforce and their home life.

REBOOT’s Orange County Workshop at Argosy University is slated to commence October 3-21, 2016.

In the words of John F. Kennedy…

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

Bank of America Orange County – you are making a difference in the lives of your community with this donation. Thank you!

Financial Health Means A Better Life For Veterans

opinioned-88San Diego is home to nearly 100,000 active service members and more than 240,000 veterans living and working right here – one of the highest such populations anywhere in the United States. While we owe a debt of gratitude for the service of veterans and their families, we also owe it to ourselves to recognize how integral they are—and will be—to our lives every day. Here in San Diego, for example, these men and women are inextricably linked to the $45 billion that the military generates for our local economy.

The need for greater financial education among veterans and military families is as great as it’s ever been. A 2015 study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that service members carry higher credit card debt and unsecured debt balances than their civilian counterparts. And in a survey from Blue Star Families last year, financial issues rated among the top concerns for service members, veterans and their families. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said that financial readiness training should be more tailored to fit specific family needs.

Statistics aside, many simply struggle navigating the complex system of benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, and figuring out credit, lending, savings and mortgage options can be daunting for those who are facing them for the first time.

Proper financial education can make a massive difference for all of us and for military families in particular. It can help to relieve financial stress—one of the major causes of tension in service members’ relationships—and it can improve the lives of entire families. For some, it can even be the difference between homelessness and gainful employment in a fulfilling career.

Here in San Diego, Bank of America works with military organizations like REBOOT San Diego and its veteran’s transition program that provides job skills and career education to returning service men and women. To date, REBOOT has helped over 1,450 transitioning service members and veterans maintain a steady 97% success rate in completion of their various workshops, attainment of a stated goal of education or employment and retention in the REBOOT program after their initial year. We’ve also been able to fund additional monthly workshops in North San Diego County to help Marines from Camp Pendleton and area veterans.

In addition, through BetterMoneyHabits.com —a financial education resource that Bank of America developed with education innovator Sal Khan and Khan Academy—we recently launched new content specifically geared toward veterans and military families. The new content offers transitioning service members guidance on issues like navigating the complexities of the GI Bill, a tutorial on how VA home loans work and a primer on buying a car. The publication Military Times partnered with us to discuss these topics along with financial readiness as part of a free webinar available online.

It has never been more urgent to ensure our community’s veterans have the financial education they need to succeed. More importantly, as citizens and members of the community, we each have a responsibility to use our unique skills and gifts to help unlock the potential of the veterans and military families we encounter every day. We do this through financial literacy. What strengths and skill sets can veterans benefit from you or your company?

Rick Benito-Bank of America
Senior Vice President / SBA Business Lending Executive
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The Habit Burger Grill Serves It Up for Veterans in San Diego:

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New Catering Truck To Hold Fundraisers for Reboot To help Veterans Successfully Transition from the Battlefront to the Homefront

(IRVINE, CA) May 16, 2016 – The Habit Burger Grill is launching a new catering truck in San Diego and teaming up with National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) aka Reboot to help veterans, one juicy bite at a time.

Coinciding with National Burger Month and as a way of introducing its new catering truck, The Habit will be holding five burger events throughout San Diego County with 100% of the proceeds going to NVTSI, a non-profit organization that helps veterans successfully transition from the battlefront to the homefront through a reverse boot-camp called Reboot WorkshopsTM.

NVTSI, founded in 2010, has helped thousands of veterans make the challenging switch back to civilian life through workshops that focus on relearning the civilian culture while using military skills to their advantage. The educational workshops build upon military training and experience while preparing for life after the military. This month, NVTSI introduces their “OPREATION REBOOT” initiative that will match veterans with more than 500 area businesses looking for responsible employees.

“On behalf of the thousands of veterans who leave the military in San Diego every year, NVTSI appreciates this valuable support from The Habit,” said Maurice Wilson, president and executive director. “Military personnel excel at teamwork, are disciplined, and perform well under pressure. The Reboot WorkshopTM helps veterans focus on the emotional skills to let these positive qualities shine through, making for better citizens and better employees.”

“Better burgers are just the beginning for The Habit. Giving back to the community is very important to our company, and we are proud to support service men and women as they transition back civilian life. The work NVTSI is doing is vital to giving service personnel the best future possible,” said Russ Bendel, chief executive officer of The Habit.

The Habit operates nine restaurants in San Diego with five more planned to open this year. The new catering truck offers the same high quality menu as the restaurants and can be booked for parties or events at https://www.habitburger.com/habit-truck/.

The Habit may be found on social media at facebook.com/habitburger, instagram.com/habitburgergrill, twitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube. For more details on The Habit Burger Grill, please visit habitburger.com.

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.
The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit Burger Grill opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and has since grown to more than 150 restaurants in 15 markets throughout California, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington. More information is available at  www.habitburger.com.

About Reboot
National Veterans Transition Services, Inc, a San Diego based 501 (c)(3) organization known as Reboot, is dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based, best-practice performance techniques. Reboot WorkshopsTM help veterans achieve their full potential and goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community life functioning. For more information, visit http://www.nvtsi.org/.


 

Contact: Barbara Caruso
714-841-6777, barbara@c-squaredpr.com

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Launches Boots to Business Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Navy Launches “Recruit Reboot” War Game to Help Train Future Sailors

Recruit Reboot is a new interactive game to evaluate the most effective training practices at Recruit Training Command. Signups are now open for all Navy personnel to play from April 25-May 13. Playing will help provide the best possible Sailors to the fleet and shape the 21st Century Navy.

Announcing San Diego’s Military & Veterans Community Calendar

Military & Veterans in San Diego now have a unique Community Calendar that has the potential to serve as a hub for all military & veteran activities throughout the county. Made possible through a grant from US Bank, the calendar features free postings and universal access via multiple websites. Users can subscribe to the calendar’s automatic notification feature and receive weekly notices about events and activities. With this calendar you will never miss another important event.

To see it in action visit http://sdvetscoalition.org/calendar/

Attend the Water/Waste Water Industry Overview and Find Your Next Career!

Attention – Transitioning Military, Veterans and Spouses!

You are invited to attend a special Water/Waste Water Industry networking session for transitioning military and veterans hosted by the American Water Works Association & Water Environment Federation (AWWA|WEF) on Friday February 26 from 4 to 5:30PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Please join us for an in-depth look into this reliable industry that represents thousands of jobs across America. Meet managers, directors, and key decision makers during this unique networking opportunity and find out if a career in this industry is for you.

The Water and Wastewater Industry provides veterans with a chance to continue a mission-oriented career that directly gives back to the community where you live.

Here are the benefits of attending:

You will have a chance to learn about careers in the Water/Waste Water Industry as well as network with hiring managers, industry leaders from across the country and other military/veterans during a special evening event just for veterans.

Also:

  • Join a recession-proof industry that is always hiring because of a constant and growing need for safe and clean water.
  • There are current openings from entry level through supervisory and management across the Industry.
  • Water and Wastewater jobs are everywhere- urban, rural and everywhere in between-since every community has a need for access to safe water.
  • Careers in technical operations, engineering, management, customer service and more are available with utilities, city and county government and private service providers.
  • Benefits of jobs in the Water and Wastewater Industry are comprehensive and similar if not identical to military benefits, including organization sponsored pensions.
  • Jobs are portable. If you ever need to relocate, your knowledge and skills are transferrable and positions are available.

Register here

NVTSI To Promote Industry Overviews for Veterans In 2016

Welcome to OPERATION REBOOT – An Initiative to Reboot the Lives & Careers of Transitioning Service Members and Veterans and Promote a Strong Economy.

Beginning in February 2016, in addition to our REBOOT Workshops, NVTSI/REBOOT will feature monthly Industry Overviews to inform transitioning service members and veterans of the various career paths available to them in key industry sectors with projected high job growth.

The format will consist of an overview of the industry and a panel of experts to answer questions regarding the hiring process, training requirements, and the company’s workplace environment. The overviews will last no more then two (2) hours and will generally be held in the mornings.

To register for a overview click the image below to go to our events page.

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Click here to download a copy of the flyer for print and distribution.

Shop on AmazonSmile over the Holidays and Seamlessly Donate to REBOOT

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To help us expand REBOOT to other transitioning service members and veterans the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a percentage of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NVTSI (National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.) to support REBOOT Workshops.

Want to put your holiday shopping towards a good cause? Here’s How You Can Help:
Head on over to Smile.Amazon.com and choose National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. as your charitable organization of choice.

Using a new or existing Amazon account, browse the website’s wide selection of products with the same low prices and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The entire shopping experience is the same.

Make a difference each time you shop. 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to National Veterans Transition Services, Inc, allowing us to continue changing the lives of veterans in the San Diego region and across the country through REBOOT Workshops.

As one of the most widely used websites in the world, we are ecstatic to see Amazon putting their most charitable foot forward.

Be a part of the movement: get your shop on and spread the word! The more money spent at AmazonSmile with National Veterans Transition Services, Inc in mind, the more money will be generated to support our mission. On behalf of transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses that may benefit from your gift, thank you!