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Happy 4th of July – 2020



On July 4, 1776, after voting for independence on July 2nd, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.


A well known sentence reads:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


July 4th, has been a federal holiday since 1870. Since 1941, it has been a paid federal holiday. It’s celebrated as the birth of America’s independence at parades, concerts, fireworks displays and backyard barbecues and picnics.



This year due to COVID-19 many of us might be staying closer to home, but we won’t let that diminish the importance of the holiday for our nation.



We wish you a Happy July 4th!

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

In 1966, President Johnson issued a proclamation making the third Sunday in June – Father’s Day. It was made a law in 1972.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

On this day, we honor and remember the men and women who should never be forgotten.


Memorial Day and Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died in service of the U.S. military. It’s celebrated on the last Monday in May. It originated in the years following the Civil War. The day was officially made a federal holiday in 1971.


The National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress in 2000 and asks Americans to voluntarily and informally at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of unity for a  moment of silence or to listen to Taps.


Social distancing might change how we observe Memorial Day but it won’t stop us saying thank you to these heroes.


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Happy Mother’s Day



On May 9, 1914, President Wilson issued a proclamation for the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers. And not even a pandemic can stop the love we have for our mothers.





AVA Search Group wishes you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Celebrating Easter and Passover in 2020

AVA Search Group wants to wish you a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.


Today as we all social distance and stay at home, Easter and Passover might look a bit different this year. However, we can still celebrate the meaning of these holidays with our family and friends.

Ideas including setting up a family video party; cooking together online, watching religious services online, and you can even eat together using a video conference. Be creative and think of how you can make the holiday special for you and your family.





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Tips To Start 2020 With the Right Attitude.

Happy New Year!

A new year offers a new start. Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2020.



For the New Year, be the positive force. Being positive and optimistic can bring you a lot of success, both professionally and personally.  It’s so much easier to work with a upbeat person then working with someone who is full of negativity. Rise above the drama.  Be someone who stays positive.


Think, do, be positive



1. Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make it a good day

2. Positive people let go of the past and look forward to creating new memories.

3. Positive people look at all the possibilities and not look at what could’ve been.

4. Positive people have fears, but they don’t let them interfere with their lives.

5. Positive people have contagious smiles.

6. Positive people are great to work with.

7. Positive people feel secure within their own soul and body.

8. Positive people don’t quit, they may let something go, but its for their own good reasons.



“When you change your thoughts, you change your world.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

Happy New Year!


If finding a new job in the new year is your goal, take a moment and visit our Career Center.

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“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Charles Dickens


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”
— Helen Keller

AVA Search Group wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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Everyone at AVA Search Group wish you, your family and friends a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


“An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Great Things” — Yogi Bhajan




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

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Ready, Set – Holiday Season is Here!

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away – the holiday season is upon us.


The next 40 days will be a mix of getting ready for Thanksgiving and then eating ourselves into a coma and the crazy busy rush to Hanukkah (12/22- 12/30) and Christmas (12/25). There are parties, so many parties and cookies. Lots of cookies. I’m tired just writing about it.


And in-between all this merriment you have to work and work hard. Buckling down isn’t easy but we have work to do. Patients and our colleagues need us to be focused. You have to fight your instinct to search online for that item on sale, finding a new recipe or checking to see if your favorite holiday flick is coming on.


So how do you enjoy  these next 40 days days of festivities while keeping your mind focused on your work?


Here are 5 ideas to enjoy your holiday season:


Plan – having a plan can make a world of difference. It’s easier to balance it all when you know what’s coming. So create a list with everything you’ll need to do – work schedule, parties (office and personal), cooking, shopping, finding new recipes, cleaning, all of it!  Then get out your calendar update it with all that will need to be done.



Time off – put in your request early for time off. Bosses want to give people the time off they need, so be sure you ask for in advance and don’t want until the last minute. Use your time off to decompress and relax, even if it’s only for a few hours. Use your plan to get as much done so you have some time for yourself.


np santa hatBe Flexible

You might need to work extra shifts to cover holidays. And people seem to get sick during the holidays, so you might see more patients in a day. Be flexible. Remember your work day and your holidays won’t be perfect. Another way to help you get over these extra hours is to view them as helping someone make their holiday season better. If you have to work Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can rearrange your holiday with your family or make your family dinner a brunch or the following day.


Take care of yourself – it’s a hectic time and eating well and taking care of ourselves gets forgotten. It’s easy to overeat, not exercise and stay up too late. You’re going to cheat but mix it with some clean healthy eating. Something that works for me is to have a piece of fruit or a small salad before a party which helps me eat a little less and be less guilty when I enjoy that piece of cake. And stay on schedule and get at least seven hours of sleep. Sleep keeps your energized and better able to handle the stress. And don’t forget to exercise. Try and do something at least five days a week – a short walk or twenty pushups, doing a few minutes is better than nothing at all.


Be Grateful

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. Being grateful makes your outlook better and you happier. As Providers you see that for some people it isn’t. Your kindness, empathy and knowledge can make a difference to your patients and you benefit as well. Be grateful that as a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant to you get to make a difference.


Check out our current Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant openings here

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Veterans Day 2019 – Free Meals and Other Deals

Veterans Day is Monday November 11th.

Many businesses are offering veterans and active duty military members freebies and deals to salute their service.

We recommend that you call or go online to confirm offers and check if your nearby location is participating.  Most will require you to show proof of your service (military ID, driver’s license or state-issued identification card with a veteran seal, Veterans Affairs Health ID, etc.).


Here are just some of the freebies and deals being offered to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members:


Restaurants / Food

  • Another Broken Egg Café – Free Patriot’s French Toast and coffee at participating locations
  • Applebee’s – offering free entrees from a special menu to vets and active military personnel
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Free Meal with purchase of equal or greater value up to $10
  • Bob Evans – offering a selection of free entrees
  • Bonefish Grill – complimentary appetizer, such as Mussels Josephine, Calamari, Imperial Dip, or Bang Bang Shrimp
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – will receive 20% off meals and retail purchase
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – offering a free order of small boneless or traditional wings and a side of french fries as part of their annual Veterans Day deal
  • California Pizza Kitchen –  A special Veterans Day menu for in-house diners offers a free entree to veterans and active U.S. military members
  • Chili’s – Free entrée
  • Chipotle – Appreciation BOGO deal which is valid on burritos, bowls, salads, and taco orders. It’s available for all active-duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, and retired military
  • The Chop House  – for veterans and military with valid ID or in uniform 50 percent off of their meals
  • Carrabba’s – Starting Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11, offering a free order of calamari with any purchase to all veterans, active military, police officers and firefighters with a valid military ID. All restaurants also offer 10% off to all active and retired service members anytime they visit
  • Cici’s Pizza – free adult buffet on Veterans Day
  • Cracker Barrel – complimentary slices of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or Pumpkin Pie Lattes
  • Denny’s – free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating Denny’s locations nationwide from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Free donut on the 11th
  • Famous Dave’s – free meal at participating locations
  • Farmer Boys – Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers
  • Firebird’s Wood Fire Grill – free lunch or dinner entrée
  • 54th Street Grill – Veterans and active-duty military personnel can eat for free up to $12 when they dine-in
  • Friendly’s – free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner when they dine-in
  • Golden Corral –  From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Veterans Day, Golden Corral will be offering free meals (dine-in only) for any active or former military members
  • Hooters –  free entree from a special Hooters Veterans Day menu with a purchase of a beverage
  • Houlihan’s – offers 15 percent off of meals for active duty and veteran military personnel with valid ID
  • Huddle House – Free order of Sweet Cakes
  • IHOP – complimentary red, white & blue buttermilk pancakes or breakfast combos to active military members and veterans on Veterans Day
  • IKEA –free entrée
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – offering 20% off for veterans and active military
  • Krispy Kreme – free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel (no ID required).
  • Krystal – receive a complimentary sausage biscuit (6am – 11am)
  • Little Caesars Pizza – Veterans and active military members are eligible to receive Little Caesars’ $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veteran’s Day. The deal includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza, plus a 20 oz. Pepsi product
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – free appetizer or dessert and 10 percent off of the bill
  • Macaroni Grill – free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti
  • Medieval Times – offering discounted tickets and free Royalty Upgrades to veterans and active duty military and their family members with ID for the month of November
  • Metro Diner – 50% off to active and retired military members
  • Olive Garden –  will offer veterans and active service members a free entree.
  • Outback Steakhouse – has partnered with Operation Homefront to give all military members, police officers, firefighters, and first responders 10% off their entire check all day every day.
  • Panera Bread – free You-Pick-Two meal
  • Perkins – Free Magnificent Seven meal
  • Ponderosa Steakhouses –enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included) at participating Ponderosa locations.
  • Red Lobster – offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists. Available in-restaurant or on To Go orders picked up in-restaurant
  • Red Robin – free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries
  • 7-Eleven – offering free coffee of any size for Veterans Advantage members from November 8 through November 11
  • Shoney’s – free “All You Care to Eat, Freshly Prepared Breakfast Bar” from opening until 11 a.m.
  • Sizzler Restaurant – free meal to veterans and active duty military until 4:00 p.m at participating locations
  • Smoothie King – one free 20-ounce smoothie of your choice
  • Starbucks –Free cup of coffee
  • Subway – Veterans with a valid ID can get a free six-inch sub at select locations
  • TCBY – Get 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on Nov. 11
  • TGI Fridays – free lunch to veterans and active duty military with ID up to $12 in value
  • Texas Roadhouse –Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • TooJay’s Deli – free entree from a special menu
  • Village Inn – free INN-credible Village Inn Breakfast at participating restaurants. The company offers a 10 percent discount year round.
  • Wawa – Free coffee, any size, all day (includes family members)
  • White Castle –free breakfast combo or castle combo meal #1-6


Other Veterans Day Discounts:

Target: Get a 10% discount on one purchase in stores and online now through Nov. 11.

Lowe’s – Get a 10% discount year-round

Home Depot – Get a 10% discount on in-store purchases on Veterans Day

Kohl’s – Get a 30% percent discount on purchases from Nov. 7 through Nov. 11. Those eligible are military, veterans and their families.

AMC Theatres – Free large popcorn Nov. 8 – Nov. 11 for AMC Stubs members who are veterans or active duty service members with valid military ID. Military discount on tickets available at all times with ID.

Great Clips – Veterans and active duty military personnel can receive a free haircut or pick up a free haircut card to use on another day. – is allowing everyone to search their archive of US military records for free from November 8 at 7:00PM EST through November 17 at 11:59PM EST.

Amazon Prime – Get $40 off the regular price, through Nov. 11. That’s $79, compared with the regular price of $119. Current military and veterans are eligible.

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place – One free admission per year for military personnel and as many as three dependents, as part of the longstanding Waves of Honor program

La Quinta by Wyndham – Get a 15% discount off the best available rate per night, through Dec. 5. Those eligible are current military, retired military, veterans and their families


All of us at AVA Search Group want to thank you for your service.