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2015 Veteran’s Day Discounts

The following discounts have been confirmed by military.com for 2015:

(Remember: Not all locations may participate – be sure to check first.  Bring a DD-214, VA card, or VFW, DAV, American Legion or other service org ID)

2015 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:
Applebee’s — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Bar Louie – On Nov. 10-11, veterans and active military personnel get a free meal up to a $12 value.
Bob Evans — Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast from a select menu on Nov. 11.
Bonanza Steakhouses – Active-duty and retired military get a free buffet on Nov. 11, 4 p.m. to close.
Cattlemens — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free small sirloin steak dinner on Nov. 11.
Cheeseburger in Paradise — Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary burger with fries on Nov. 11.
Chili’s — Veterans and active military servicemembers get a free entrée from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.
Friendly’s — Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on Nov. 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves are all welcome.
IHOP– On Nov. 11, participating IHOP restaurants offer veterans and active-duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Krystal — Active and retired military receive a free Krystal chicken or sausage biscuit from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.
Little Caesars — Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — On Nov. 8, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entrée to veterans from a special menu.
Max & Erma's – On Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
Menchie's —  All active and retired military personnel will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Nov. 11.
Mission BBQ — Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on Nov. 11.
On the Border — Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo” menu on Nov. 11.
Orange Leaf — Veterans and active-duty military get a free cup of froyo on Nov. 11.
Pondrosa Steakhouse – Active-duty and retired military get a free buffet on Nov. 11, 4 p.m. to close.
Red Hot & Blue — Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Coupon required.
Rock and Brews — Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on Nov. 11.
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill — Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering a choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flatbread or garlic cheese bread on Nov. 11.
Shoney's — Shoney's will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active-duty servicemembers on Nov. 11.
Spaghetti Warehouse — From Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. Coupon required.
Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active-duty, retired or former U.S. military.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on Nov. 11.
Village Inn — Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Nov. 11 from a select menu at participating locations. Village Inn is also providing a “Thank you For Your Service” card valid for 20 percent off on the next visit.
Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free chili dog and a small Pepsi on Nov. 11.

2015 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts:
9/11 Memorial and Museum — Veterans will receive free museum admission from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11.
Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve-component servicemembers, and their families at USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Nov. 11.
Colonial Williamsburg – Active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 6–11).
Harley-Davidson Museum — The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families on Nov. 7, 8 and 11 in honor of Veterans Day.
Killington Resort – Active-duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military receive a complimentary lift ticket on Nov. 11.
Knott’s Berry Farm — Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active-duty military personnel and one guest, as well as six additional tickets for a discounted price, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20.
Mariners’ Museum — Military members receive a special $5 admission price on Nov. 11.
Meineke Car Care Centers —  On Nov. 11, veterans are encouraged to visit participating Meineke locations for a free basic oil change.
National Parks — On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 national parks requiring entrance fees for free.
National Veterans Day Run — The National Veterans Day Run on Nov. 11 offers veterans and active-duty military a reduced-rate entry into the race, as well as discounted rates to their spouses and children between 13 and 18.
Westgate Resorts — Starting Nov. 11, the first 2,500 eligible servicemembers who complete an online military appreciation form will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation. Veterans who don’t qualify are eligible for a 25 percent discount. Visit westgateresorts.com for the survey.
UFC GYM — Veterans and active-duty military, as well as their families, get free total gym access from Nov. 11-15 at participating UFC GYMs. UFC GYM is also offering a special basic training-themed Daily Ultimate Training class on Nov. 14.
World of Coca-Cola – Active-duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and Nov. 5 through Nov. 15, members of the armed forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

2015 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:
Alfred Angelo – Military brides get a free wedding gown on Veterans Day. An appointment to the store must be made for Nov. 11 to qualify.
Alimond Studio – Veterans and active-duty servicemembers get a free headshot at Alimond Studio on Saturday, Nov. 7. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Leesburg, Va.
Bellhops — the moving company is offering free moving labor for veterans from Nov. 13 to Dec. 15. Veterans must call on Veterans Day to schedule an appointment.
Brides Across America – Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November to honor Veterans Day. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $20 fee. Once verified, you will be assisted in finding a gown from the selection.
Cardiac Life — For the month of November, Cardiac Life is offering veterans $15 CPR courses.
Carhartt’s — active-duty and retired military servicemembers who present a military ID at one of Carhartt’s 21 company-owned stores will receive a complimentary exclusive hat, while supplies last.
Enterprise Car Sales — Active U.S. military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with the purchase of any Enterprise vehicle during the month of November.
Firestone Complete Auto Care — Nov. 8-15, veterans and active-duty personnel receive an additional 10 percent off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.
Grace for Vets — Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on Nov. 11.
Great Clips – On Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Home Depot — Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round to active-duty and retirees.
Little Bra Company — Save 15 percent during the month of November on all regular-priced merchandise at the Little Bra Company when you shop online.
Lowe's — All veterans receive a 10 percent discount on Nov. 11. The offer is available in stores only.
Rack Room Shoes — Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off entire purchase on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Sleep Number — From Oct. 19 through Nov. 15, active and veteran military members will receive exclusive discounts on Sleep Number products. Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number mattress sets.
Steve Madden — Steve Madden offers everyone 20 percent off the entire purchase, and servicemembers receive an additional 10 percent off on Nov. 11.
Tires Plus — Between Nov. 8-15, veterans and active-duty personnel receive an additional 10 percent off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.
Wheel Works — Between Nov. 8-15, veterans and active-duty personnel receive an additional 10 percent off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

IRS loses 11k+ SSNs & DOBs of Texas Katy ISD

On August 7, 2015, Texas’s Katy Intermediate School District (ISD) was informed that an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent misplaced a portable flash drive during a random audit.

Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey explained the security breach in an email

Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey explained the security breach in an email

On the flash drive are the contents of calendar year 2013 contributions made to a 403(b) plan or 457(b) plan by 11,658 current and former employees of the Katy ISD.  Included in the contribution information on that thumb drive are those 11,658 employees dates of birth, social security numbers, names, and mailing addresses.

ISACA Membership discounts & perks for you

I have found so much value in my ISACA® membership that I wanted to extend a personal invitation to you. ISACA is currently sponsoring a Member Get a Member program, and I believe you would benefit from joining ISACA as I have.

Many professionals join ISACA because of its globally recognized certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™ (CRISC™).

With an ISACA membership, you'll have endless access to a global network of free resources and discounts on conferences, webinars, training, certification exam registration fees and prep materials, the industry-leading COBIT® 5 framework and a global professional network of 140,000 professionals.

ISACA membership is an invaluable resource for keeping on top of the IT audit, control, security, cybersecurity, risk, privacy and governance industry. Learn more about ISACA's many benefits.

If you join ISACA today, you will not only get the remainder of 2015 FREE with your paid 2016 membership but if you sign up online before 31 December 2015 and enter my ISACA member ID number 202860 then your new member processing fee will be waived!

Join me and tens of thousands of professionals who are benefiting from ISACA membership. Sign up online today at www.isaca.org/MemberInvitee.

If you have any questions about ISACA, please feel free to reach out to me.

Best regards,

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Cornell Prescription Pharmacy $125k in HIPAA violations

[from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services]

Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (Cornell) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Cornell will pay $125,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.  Cornell is a small, single-location pharmacy that provides in-store and prescription services to patients in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area, specializing in compounded medications and services for hospice care agencies in the area.

OCR opened a compliance review and investigation after receiving notification from a local Denver news outlet regarding the disposal of unsecured documents containing the protected health information (PHI) of 1,610 patients in an unlocked, open container on Cornell's premises. The documents were not shredded and contained identifiable information regarding specific patients.  Evidence obtained by OCR during its investigation revealed Cornell's failure to implement any written policies and procedures as required by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  Cornell also failed to provide training on policies and procedures to its workforce as required by the Privacy Rule.

"Regardless of size, organizations cannot abandon protected health information or dispose of it in dumpsters or other containers that are accessible by the public or other unauthorized persons," said OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels. "Even in our increasingly electronic world, it is critical that policies and procedures be in place for secure disposal of patient information, whether that information is in electronic form or on paper."

In addition to the $125,000 settlement amount, the agreement requires Cornell to develop and implement a comprehensive set of policies and procedures to comply with the Privacy Rule, and develop and provide staff training. 

OCR offers helpful FAQs concerning HIPAA and the disposal of protected health information:  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/disposalfaqs.pdf

If you believe that a person or organization covered by the Privacy and Security Rules (a "covered entity") violated your health information privacy rights or otherwise violated the Privacy or Security Rules, you may file a complaint with OCR.  For additional information about how to file a complaint, visit OCR's web page on filing complaints at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html.

Rules for Writers

Originally from William Safire's Rules for Writers 

  1. Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
  2. It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
  3. Avoid archaeic spellings too.
  4. Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
  5. Don't use commas, that, are not, necessary.
  6. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.
  7. Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.
  8. Subject and verb always has to agree.
  9. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
  10. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.
  11. Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
  12. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
  13. Don't never use no double negatives.
  14. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  15. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
  1. Eschew obfuscation.
  2. No sentence fragments.
  3. Don't indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.
  4. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  5. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!
  6. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
  7. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  8. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  9. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  10. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  11. Always pick on the correct idiom.
  12. The adverb always follows the verb.
  13. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
  14. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
  15. And always be sure to finish what

 Originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writers' digest by Frank L. Visco

  1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  1. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  2. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
  3. Profanity sucks.
  4. Be more or less specific.
  5. Understatement is always best.
  6. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  7. One word sentences? Eliminate.
  8. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  9. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  10. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  11. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  12. Who needs rhetorical questions?