2018 Annual Vendor Fairs (Arizona and New Mexico)

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to present their 2018 Annual Schedule of Vendor Fairs for VISN 22 (covering Arizona and New Mexico). These fairs are FREE to contractors and vendors. A table and two chairs and electrical power (if needed) will be provided. A larger space may be provided upon request. The fairs start at 8:00 am and end at 2:00 pm the day of the scheduled event. The first two hours will include presentations by VHA, SBA and PTACs , GSA, etc. in the local area with the vendor fair beginning at 10 am. In order to accommodate our customers, please plan to remain for the duration of the event. This is an opportunity for businesses to present their products and services to the VA customers.

The VA utilizes such services as construction, leases, medical, office services and furniture in addition to numerous other services and products. You can attend one or more, but please register early as space may be limited at many facilities. Attached is a listing of dates and locations of each vendor fair along with registration cut-off dates. Please complete the attached registration form and fax or e-mail to: Catalina.Fernandez at va.gov or fax to (480) 361-9460. Setup time is 7:00 – 8:00 am the day of the fair or arrangements can be made to set-up the afternoon before the event.

Event Dates:

Phoenix: February 14th

Tucson: March 6th

Albuquerque: June 6th

Prescott: April 11th

LOCATION INFORMATION

Cyber Security Summit

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The Cyber Security Summit connects C-Suite & Senior Executives responsible for protecting their companies’ critical infrastructures with innovative solution providers and renowned information security experts.

To register for this event please visit: cybersummitusa.com/summits

Don’t forget to use promo code: DCI18VIP

SongwritingWith:Soldiers celebrates five years, plans to double growth in 2018

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SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program that builds community by pairing veterans and active duty service members with professional songwriters to create songs about their military experiences and returning home, will double its programming during its sixth year In 2018. Continuing to build community and resiliency through song, SW:S has directly served more than 400 veterans, active-duty and military family members since 2012, helping to tell stories through the creation of more than 350 original songs. A collection of those songs will be featured on singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier’s latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads, set for release January 26, 2018, with a portion of proceeds benefitting SW:S.

“What began with three songwriters, a positive psychology coach and program development specialist, a handful of volunteers and 10 soldiers created the ingredients for a powerful weekend during our first retreat in October 2012,” said singer-songwriter and SW:S Co-founder and Creative Director Darden Smith. “By the end of 2018, more than 75 SW:S events will have been held across the country. To give voice to those who might not otherwise be able to describe their experiences, to help them connect to others again, through their song, is more gratifying than anything we as songwriters have ever done.”

SW:S announced an expanded partnership in 2017 with Boulder Crest Retreats (BCR) in Bluemont, Va., and their new location in Sonoita, Ariz., providing the opportunity to further increase the annual number of veterans reached by nearly 150. “Boulder Crest Retreats’ life-changing PATHH (Progressive Alternative Therapies for Healing Heroes) program draws veterans from around the country, and through this continued partnership we are able to not only work with far more veterans, but help them stay better connected as a group through their signature PATHH program songs,” said SW:S Co-founder and Program Director Mary Judd.

Another new partner, Heart J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Colorado, allows SW:S to increase the number of their signature weekend retreats. “Our emphasis is on using collaborative songwriting as an initial powerful spark for building creativity, connections, and awareness of strengths,” said Judd. “Creativity reveals possibility. Connections build community. Strengths build resilience. A retreat setting is ideal to clear out some life clutter and open participants to a more positive future ahead, with lasting connections to support them. Our media team of recording engineers, videographers and photographers helps keep the memories fresh soon after the retreat with CDs, DVDs and a book of the weekend. Our workshop leaders keep everyone connected with ongoing group learning and coaching calls and our community forum gives all — from veterans to songwriters to staff and volunteers — a place to discuss questions, ideas and share creations. It’s a thriving community.”

Rifles and Rosary Beads

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2017
In 2017, SW:S further increased the number of veterans, active-duty service members and military families served, and increased the number of program alumni serving as staff and peer support. The year’s successes were made possible through:

  • 6 retreats, including retreats for couples and all females
  • 12 songwriting workshops and group songwriting sessions
  • 4 SW:S events and concerts open to the public
  • Fundraising support through the 422For22 initiative to raise awareness of veteran suicides, spearheaded by past SW:S participant and U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Geartz, with support of several other SW:S veterans from different retreats. True connections with lasting impact.
  • The upcoming release of Rifles and Rosary Beads, the latest album from SW:S singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier featuring 12 songs co-written with veterans and families from SW:S. A portion of proceeds will benefit SW:S. The album is now available for pre-order at marygauthier.com, and will be released January 26, 2018.
  • The addition of new Board President Gary Leopold, Executive Director Kristin Starling and new songwriters Maia Sharp and Will Kimbrough
  • SW:S was a featured presenter at the International Trauma Conference (May), Boston MA and Arts in Healing Conference, (Sept.) Austin, Texas

UPCOMING EVENTS
SW:S looks forward to a full calendar of nine upcoming retreats, 22 workshops, special events and concerts as part of their 2018 calendar. More details will be announced soon.

RESEARCH UPDATE
SW:S staff is in discussions with researchers and clinical staff about conducting a pilot study on the effects of collaborative songwriting sessions on PTSD and other TBI, trauma related conditions. These initial studies will focus on the effects of individual songwriting sessions. Ideally, a second phase of the study will conduct the same research on participants within a retreat setting. Comparisons will be made on the effects of the solo sessions vs. immersion in a retreat setting. This potentially groundbreaking research could provide SW:S with scientific data surrounding the core of their work, which could then provide insight into the effects of all other related aspects of the program (i.e., impact on resilience, loneliness / social connections, health and well-being, post-traumatic growth, etc. – several major areas of study today.) SW:S basic impact surveys are being conducted at retreats with pre- and post-retreat surveys among participants, and feedback is currently being compiled.

ABOUT SONGWRITINGWITH:SOLDIERS
SongwritingWith:Soldiers was founded by Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Darden Smith, who performed at a U.S. military hospital in Germany and returned determined to use the art of songwriting in the service of our brothers and sisters in arms. Smith partnered with Program Director Mary Judd to build the innovative program, which holds multiple retreats each year in various regions of the country.

  • Locations are chosen based on proximity to veteran populations and private retreat centers with peaceful settings, ample meeting and workshop space to allow for intimate events that foster connections, inspire creativity and develop strengths.
  • In addition to songwriting sessions, participants attend creativity workshops in other areas taught by experts in the fields, such as photography, videography, journaling, and more. Relaxation classes such as yoga and breathing meditation are offered, as well. All are optional, always well attended.
  • Each day ends with a group dinner and special performance of all songs written that day.
  • The retreats end with a final performance of all songs, recorded for DVD for each participant.
  • Post retreat follow-up includes a CD and photo lyric book sent to all participants along with numerous opportunities to stay connected with each other and the organization to continue the building of a strong, supportive community.
  • All participants are co-writers of the songs and registered as such with ASCAP.
  • To date, more than 400 veterans and their family members have attended the retreats.
  • More than 350 songs have been written and are available to listen to for free, or can be downloaded for a donation to support the program, at songwritingwithsoldiers.org/music

THE SONGWRITERS
Songwriters who have participated in SW:S retreats include: Mary Gauthier, Jay Clementi, James House, Marshall Crenshaw, Gary Nicholson, Radney Foster, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Darrell Scott, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr, Greg Trooper, JD Martin, Ashley Cleveland, Amy Speace, Monte Warden and Brad Parker. They have written hundreds of hits (“This Kiss,” “I’m In,” “One More Last Chance,” and more), many recorded by Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Delbert McClinton, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks and many other top musicians.

HOW TO HELP
The program covers all primary expenses for participants. Donations to support the program and its mission to positively impact the lives of our soldiers and veterans can be made at songwritingwithsoldiers.org/donate.

For more information and to listen to the music, visit songwritingwithsoldiers.org.

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Small Business Expo Announces the 2018 Business Tour!

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Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

Click here for more information

About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

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VetCon 2018 is Here!

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VETCON is the veteran entrepreneur [vetrepreneur] conference, an annual gathering of visionaries, hustlers, and game-changers from around the world. We represent the international community of veterans who run their own businesses.

The conference’s emphasis in on collaboration in pursuit of tactical excellence. The best way to learn is to teach, and that’s what we will do. Experts will have the chance to share their best practices for refining ideas, developing products, finding customers, and other critical aspects of entrepreneurial success.

Grow Your Network
Join the global community of veteran entrepreneurs who are changing the world.

Build Your Entrepreneurial Core
Develop the full stack of skills that you need to excel: mental, physical, moral and professional.

Take Your Business To The Next Level
Collaborate with other entrepreneurs who already know what works and are willing to share their best practices.

VETCON continues to strive in making the conference all inclusive. Click here to contribute the community!

Click here for sponsorship information

CALL FOR SPEAKERS! Visit veteranconference.com for details!

For more information and registration details for the April 2018 event coming to the San Francisco Bay Area,  please visit: veteranconference.com

Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour

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Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

For media coverage and/or complimentary press passes please contact: Susan Baah, 212-651-0679, Susan @ theshowproducers. com.

About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

‘SERVED LIKE A GIRL’ Redefines the Meaning of Patriotism

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To be patriotic means to express devotion to and show vigorous support for one’s country. Which is exactly what is expected of anyone choosing to be apart of U.S. defense: patriotic.

But what about a country showing rigorous support for and devotion to its defenders? Its protectors? What about when our vets come back home?

That is the question that Lysa Heslov’s heart-wrenching documentary “Served Like a Girl” poses. It gives a harsh look at the realities of being deployed, surviving trauma and living through the inequalities of serving as a woman. And then it gently leads you to asking why women veterans are not getting the support they need when they need it the most.

With its blend of tactical editing, exceptional scoring and focused cinematography it tells these women’s remarkable stories and leads us to defining the true meaning of patriotism and the power of resilience.

And breathtakingly resilient is exactly what these women are. The film, although not the most beautifully shot, follows them closely and focuses on the challenges they have faced since returning home from deployment, respectfully. Heslov gets the women to dig deep, all the while keeping it lighthearted by choosing following them as they prepare for the Ms. Veteran American competition.

Everything from health issues, to PTSD, sexual trauma, depression, anxiety and homelessness are discussed and Heslov positions herself carefully so as to catch those moments where they may falter, shed a tear or take a moment to break down, but to also capture the moments where they build themselves back up, crack a smile or tell a joke. It is magnificently empowering to watch these women go from one moment to the other.

And although the film advertised itself as focusing mainly on homelessness and the pageant, we forgive the false advertisement, because Heslov and her team paint a wide stroke to show us just how large and expansive the issue of mistreatment and lack of support really is.

The broadness of the film’s focus shows a clear indication of Heslov’s complete lack of ego and willingness be open to whatever story this documentary may end up telling. With a clear focus on personal stories, well-timed comic relief moments and a meticulous score that accompanies each emotional moment, we allow it. We become invested in these women and let the team take us to wherever as we revel in these women’s stories and root for them ’til the end.

Continue onto SCADDISTRICT to read the complete article.

Georgia Tech Received CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science

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The Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) presented Georgia Tech with the first annual CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science.  The University Award recognizes US institutions that have demonstrated a commitment and shown results for the retention of students from underrepresented groups in undergraduate Computer Science programs over the last five years. The award, sponsored by Microsoft, is focused on the underrepresented groups African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and People with Disabilities. Georgia Tech received the award September 21st at the 2017 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Atlanta, Georgia.  The award included a $15,000 cash award.

The CMD-IT University Award decision was based on both Georgia Tech’s impressive quantitative reported results, which reflected high retention and graduation rates and qualitative reporting on their various retention programs  In particular, Georgia Tech highlighted the following four programs as directly impacting retention and graduation:

  • Threads Undergraduate Curriculum: Students are given the opportunity to take control over their curriculum by choosing two of eight Threads to create their degree plan which gives them more than 28 different degree plans to follow. This resulted in students feeling they have more control and a better understanding of their degree plan.
  • Georgia Computes and Project Rise Up: The two programs are spearheaded by Georgia Tech to help increase engagement in computing  by broadening participation in computer science at all educational levels by underrepresented groups.  These programs increase interest in Computer Science.
  • Mandatory Introductions to Computer Science classes: All students enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs at Georgia Tech must take one of three computer science classes. The three programs enable students to take courses that fit their level of experience in Computer Science.
  • Travel Scholarships to Conference: Georgia Tech provides between 40 and 120 travel scholarships to leading tech conferences with a diversity focus. Students build networks of support and return with a feeling of renewed commitment to their degree program.

“CMD-IT is very pleased to award the first University Award for the Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science to Georgia Tech.  Their strong retention programs and the documented results make Georgia Tech an excellent role model for other universities.  They shared more details of these programs at the Faculty Workshop at the Tapia Conference,” said Valerie Taylor, CMD-IT Executive Director.

“We’re tremendously honored to be the inaugural recipient of the CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science. At Georgia Tech, we’ve long recognized that computing must become more diverse to reach its fullest potential to serve all corners of society, and we’ve eagerly taken leadership roles in multiple organizations and international events that are dedicated to broadening participation in computing. The College of Computing is proud, for example, to be one of the country’s top three research universities in graduating underrepresented minority Ph.D. students in the past decade, but we know there is a long way to go and much work to be done. We look forward to continuing our work with CMD-IT and other partner organizations to help computing better reflect the full spectrum of the country,” said Charles Isbell, Executive Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology.

For more information, visithttp://www.cmd-it.org/programs/current/university-award/.

Register for the 2018 Disability Equality Index Now!

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Can your company earn the title of “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion”?

A top-scoring company of the Disability Equality Index creates goodwill and loyalty among employees, investors, customers, people with disabilities, along with their families and friends.

As the nation’s most trusted annual benchmarking tool, the DEI offers unique insight into the progress companies are making towards disability inclusion. Each year, more and more companies participate. In 2017, 21 industry sectors were represented, and 69 companies were Fortune 500 companies.

There are other disability inclusion measurement tools, but none are as comprehensive as the DEI. This in-depth analysis and insight brings a level of quality, trust and accuracy that Fortune 500 companies value.

Regardless of score, each participating company is:

  • Given a complimentary copy of the 2018 DEI Report, which consists of detailed aggregate results and benchmarking information.
  • Presented a scorecard outlining areas in which they excel, as well as those in need of improvement.
  • Invited to exclusive networking opportunities with other participating DEI companies at the USBLN Annual Conference.
  • Offered customized DEI consulting services specifically geared towards increasing their DEI score.

All registered companies will receive access to the 2018 DEI the week of January 22, 2018 to begin submission of responses. Final company DEI responses are due back on April 13, 2018. DEI scores will be finalized by late June 2018.

Click here to register for the DEI.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND AMC THEATRES OFFER U.S. VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEMEMBERS UP TO 10,000 FREE TICKETS TO DREAMWORKS PICTURES’ THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

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Offer Valid at More Than 400 AMC Theatres Nationwide to First 25 Servicemembers Who Request Tickets to the 7:00 P.M. Preview Screening on October 26. The new film from the writer of American Sniper arrives in theatres on October 27.

Universal City, CA, October, 2017—Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres recently announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service—at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide.  Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.

From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.  Thank You for Your Service arrives in theatres nationwide on October 27.

The promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing Thank You for Your Service.  Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26.  Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last.  This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only.

“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of Thank You for Your Service, they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” said Jim Orr, Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Universal Pictures.  “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”

Thank You for Your Service reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice made by America’s servicemembers and their families,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres.  “AMC is pleased to partner with Universal Pictures to offer veterans and active servicemembers the opportunity to attend this preview screening at no charge.”

For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating, please visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com.

About Thank You for Your Service

DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Starring an ensemble cast led by Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.

Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter.  Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film.  www.ThankYouForYourService.com

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com).  Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal.  NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

AMC (NYSE:AMC) is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with approximately 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens across the globe.  AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying more plush power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty program, web site and smart phone apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming.  AMC operates among the most productive theatres in the United States’ top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago).  Through its Odeon subsidiary AMC operates in 14 European countries and is the #1 theatre chain in Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and UK & Ireland.  amctheatres.com