PBYR - We're Ready to Help copy 1In 2015 PBYR received IRS certification as a non-profit 501c3 corporation in Minnesota.

Please be assured that PBYR is totally operated by unpaid board directors, board officers and volunteers. PBYR partners include the City of Plymouth, Heinzen-Ditter VFW, Plymouth Lions, Plymouth Home Depot, Plymouth Holiday Station, and Prudential. All donations to PBYR are tax deductible. Please consider PBYR in your charitable giving and estate planning.

All donations should be made out to: Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon c/o Heinzen –Ditter VFW, 19020 Hamel Rd, Plymouth, MN 55446

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon


PBYR partners with Home Depot for Military Appreciation Day event

PBYR - Home Depot logoOn Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kersten & I participated at the Military Appreciation Day Event at Home Depot. Kersten’s efforts were again greatly appreciated, especially as the sky was very dark with an impending thunderstorm when we arrived!!!

We raised $39 but more importantly we were able to thank many veterans for their service, alert them about www.PBYR.org and demonstrate partnering support with Home Depot. Sue was very nice and helped with our booth, chairs and related event details and these efforts were appreciated. The Veterans we talked with said they really enjoy Home Depot’s efforts with Military Appreciation Day and many come to this year after year.

PBYR always enjoys partnering with Home Depot—a very good business community neighbor!! The pictures from this event will be placed on PBYR.org when they arrive from Home Depot.

Oh! Don’t forget the Home Depot Military/Veteran Discount Policy, they offer a 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID, every day of the week. All other military veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day.

Have a beautiful day!!


Minnesota Vikings Camp Day for Military-Connected Kids


WHO: Military-Connected Kids Grades 3rd-8th
WHAT: 24 slots left for the camp!! United Heroes League has an opportunity to invite 50 kids (grades 3rd-8th) to come out and be put through various football, soccer and agility drills. EJ Henderson will divide the kids up by age/size and we will rotate them through.

Ex-Viking E.J. Henderson

Ex-Viking E.J. Henderson

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10th from 2:30-4 p.m.
WHERE: Winter Park field house
WHY: 8 stations 4 football and 4 soccer
HOW: Submit to POC (via email) for confirmation: kids names, age, and shirt size (Youth Medium – Adult XL), as well as service member parents name/email. Parents will receive more information closer to camp if they need to bring anything (like a water bottle) and if they will be required to fill out a waiver (likely).

UPDATE: The email address to reply to is : hollyo@defendingtheblueline.org

Registration can also be taken over the phone at the number listed below.

Shane Hudella
1SG (Ret.), ARNG
President, Founder
United Heroes League
15211 Ravenna Trail
Hastings, MN 55033

MNNG Power of One Fun Run for suicide awareness

PBYR - POOFR5KThe first of the two 2nd annual Power of One Fun Run is coming up in just 3 short weeks at Camp Ripley. This event is FREE to all. Registration for the fun run is in EventBrite (see flyer). The info on the attached PDF flyer is for both the Camp Ripley run on the 6th of August and the Arden Hills run on the 11th of September.

This year the runs have been supported by the TSU up at Camp Ripley and the 834th in Arden Hills with Soldiers, so no more volunteers are needed at this time. We are hoping for a much bigger crowd this year than the 700 we had last year! I can’t wait to see you there. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Who: MNNG Service members, family members, community members, and YR communities
What: Participate at the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness Fun Run. All members of the military, all family members, community members and YR communities are invited to participate as a runner or walker, have a provider/resource table, or support the run (i.e. volunteers, water, t-shirts, etc). Participants will receive survival kits and items to place in the survival kit along the route to help them when they need some hope.
Where: Camp Ripley in Little Falls, MN and Arden Hills Army Training Site in Arden Hills, MN
When: Camp Ripley August 6th, 2016 and Arden Hills September 11th, 2016
Why: To increase suicide awareness and build mental wellness. You can be the one person that saves a life. The events will also provide education surrounding suicide prevention to leaders, service members, families, and community members in order to provide a unified message.


SFC Jen Chaffee
Cottage Grove, MN
Office: 651-282-4232
24/7 Suicide Talk 1-800-273-8255

H&R Block Scholorship’s for Spouses and Wounded Warriors

H&R Block logoH&R Block, is offering scholarships for military spouses and Wounded Warriors to take the free income tax course. Registration is July through September, and classes beginning in September. Use coupon code C5A2B7. Please see the PDF’s below and for more information follow the link below or call the number:

www.hrblock.com/class or call 1-800-HRBLOCK (800-472-5625)

HRBlock Scholarship Flyer

HRBlock Information

Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

Who: Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

What: RAD’S are a great source for the latest information for retirees and Family members in your area. Pre registration is required. Registration fee is 16.00 per person which will include a morning snack and lunch. Registration closes on August 8, 2016.

Where: Rosemount National Guard Armory & Community Center 13885 S Roberts Trail Rosemount, MN 55068

When: August 19, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm

Please find registration form in the PDF listed below.

Questions? Please call 507-961-1177



Plymouth Lions Supports PBYR with a $4,000 Donation/Grant

Plymouth Lions logoIn June 2016, the Plymouth Lions continued their longstanding Support and Partnership with PBYR with a generous donation of $4,000.00. This money will assist service members, veterans and their families. This marks the fourth year in a row that the Plymouth Lions have financially supported PBYR.

** PBYR is very proud and appreciative of the Plymouth Lion’s continued support and trust!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!


Outreach, Education and Fundraising at Cub

PBYR CUB Foods on Vicksburg

On July 1, 2016 PBYR engaged in outreach, education and fundraising at Cub Foods on Vicksburg.

**Kudos to Rodney Walker and Kersten Beckstrom for their help in this project!! Rodney’s many years in the Navy was a plus as was Kersten’s manner and patience with folks.

We received approximately $93 in donations and more people have been informed about how PBYR may help service members, veterans and their families! We appreciate Cub’s support!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!

Plymouth Holiday Station Supports PBYR

Plymouth Station HolidayPBYR raised $501.00 at the Plymouth Station “funraiser” barbeque on July 5 , 2016. We dodged all the storms and rain in the area well!

** Kudos to Sylvia, Allan, Chelsea and Liz for all the help at this event!!

PBYR greatly appreciates the partnering with Plymouth Holiday Station the past 4 years!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!

Wright County Disabled Veterans Duck Hunt

PBYR vet huntWright County Parks is working with a number of partners to provide the 2016 Disabled Veterans Duck Hunt at Robert Ney Regional Park on October 8, 2016. The Veterans Duck Hunt originated 5 years ago with collaboration from Wright County Parks and Pheasants Forever. As the event planning started 4 Points Retriever Club, Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club, North American Hunting Retriever Association, Wright Count Veterans Services, and Capable Partners all joined in and have been mainstays of the event. These organizations time and efforts on this event have been rewarded by providing eight (8) individuals the opportunity each year to hunt on land that is otherwise unavailable to the public. We are proud to offer this event to people that have given a part of themselves to this country. Anyone interested in participating in this event must submit an application to Wright County Veterans Services. The application deadline is August 29, 2016. After that day the eight (8) participants will be selected through random lottery. The selected individuals will be notified by September 5, 2016 by 5 p.m. If you were not selected you will not be contacted.

For any questions please contact Debbie Ernst with Wright County Veterans Services.

You can apply online at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/vetserv or see flyer and application below.

Wright County PBYR Veterans Waterfowl Hunt Flyer and Application


Free and Discounted Chiropractic Services Via The Patriot Project

Please see the attached flyer on the Patriot Project that I offer in my Plymouth office (ChiroCenter chiropractic) for free chiropractic care for veterans. I have only had a few veterans take advantage of this so far, so I would love to be able to use my talents to help more vets and their families in the Plymouth area. Please see the attached a flyer for more info.

Patriot Project flyer 2016

Call Dr. Jesse Ploessl, D.C. @ 763-559-9236 for more information

Operation Open Wide – Free Dental Care for Vets

Last year Dr. Scott Shamblott of Shamblott Family Dentistry in Hopkins created Operation Open Wide, an opportunity for his dental office to serve our veterans. Last year approximately 15 veterans were provided the dental care they needed at no charge. His entire dental practice for one day, devoted all of their care to veterans.

I have attached a flyer that provides all of the details and my contact information, and I am the person the veteran is supposed to call to be put on the first come-first served list.

Dr. Shamblott is hopeful other dentists will want to be a part of this caring service to our veterans some time during the year. If you know of any dentists you think might be interested, please pass on my contact information and I would be happy to share more details of the program.

Thank you for all you do!!

Operation Open Wide 2016.pdf

To be considered for this event, please call: Bink Semmer at 612-382-5755 or e-mail at bink@binksemmer.com


PBYR and the Plymouth Lions Partner to help a veteran

helping-handsOn April 28, 2016 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR) finalized an emergency assistance project with a veteran that had experienced many life change events and financial distress. His car was unreliable and likely unsafe at any speed and needed replacement. PBYR offered a grant and a no interest loan and these were put toward a down payment on a good used car that was located by an officer of the Plymouth Lions. This will permit the veteran to travel to his job in Bloomington and transport his son safely. In this successful effort 2 Plymouth community organizations were able to partner and assist a veteran! The veteran was very happy!


Chaplain’s expression of appreciation

Chaplain Cory Germain, received the Caribou Coffee that was sent by Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. He writes,

Dear Gary and all the members of Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon,

Thank you so much for your recent care packages stuffed with Caribou Reindeer Blend coffee. That particular variety has become a favorite of mine, and I’m sure many of our battalion soldiers. As I’m sure you know, soldiers love their coffee, and having some of the home state’s finest makes it even better! We’ve also spread the cheer among our subordinate companies, particularly from South Dakota, Ohio and Utah. Believe it or not, there is a Caribou location in the main concourse at Kuwait City International Airport—although most of our troops will never get to see it.

We ‘re doing well here at Camp_____. Temps are into the low 80s already, but all too soon we’ll be suffering with the 100-110 degree days this area is famous for. I’m definitely trying to look beyond those to our return to MN. Blessings to you and yours, and thanks for your support. Chaplain Cory Germain, 682nd Engineer Battalion, MN NG

caribou coffee logo

NAMI Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st

NAMI Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st

My name is Kara Bennett and I am a Community Educator for NAMI Minnesota. We are just one month away from our Kidshop program in Forest Lake! Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity.

Kidshop is a four-hour Saturday workshop for kids ages 7-17 whose parent or sibling lives with a mental illness. Kidshop provides a safe setting where kids can join in fun activities, share concerns, get support, and learn that they are not alone. We will be holding a Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st from 10:00am – 2:00pm and we ask that you register by May 16. Visit our website for more information and to register.

NAMI Kidshop.pdf

This workshop is free but registration is required. For more information, call me at 651-645-2948 x114.

Please pass this information along to any families you know who might benefit from the opportunity. Thank you for your time, effort, and support!

Kara Bennett
Community Educator

PBYR - nami Logo

PBYR receives 5 year recognition award

PBYR-Mayor Slavik BTYR

Mayor Slavik proudly displays the 5 Year appreciation award received from General Nash and the BYR program. This award will be placed in a glass case at Plymouth City Hall.

On April 15, 2016, PBYR received a 5 year recognition award from BYR at the annual joining forces workshop . This award was presented by General Nash, MN National Guard.

My appreciation to Jennifer Rodgers as she also attended the “Joining Forces” program and all the PBYR members that have assisted PBYR over the years. We need continued efforts and more efforts!!

I wish more PBYR members/supporters would attend the ”Joining Forces” yearly program as it helps explain how other cities and counties are joining forces to assist the 1% of US citizens that serve or have served in the armed forces that protect us. General Nash highlighted in this speech that the US is likely more exposed and at risk than before the attack on the World Trade Center. The BYR network is important. Every bit of effort strengthens us by supporting the folks that protect us. BYR now has 219 MN cities participating in the program.

The BYR program will be expanded to 6 more states. Since BYR has been in operation, MN has moved from the state with the highest military suicide rate to the 4th highest state. MN is still unfortunately on a top 10 list that no one desires regarding suicides! As a result of this challenge – PBYR along with other BYR cities needs to provide continued and focused assistance to help significantly improve these statistics. The MN National Guard has made appropriate efforts and we also need to do our part. The correct target for military suicides is 0 events!

The take-away for me from the workshop is that PBYR is properly participating in the BYR program. Please look at our website: pbyr.org especially the resource page so that if you meet a veteran or service member that needs assistance you can give him/her some resources as a start. We can also activate the network to locate additional resources as needed. Currently, PBYR is in process of assisting an elderly couple (more assistance will be requested as their timeline of a move is developed) and PBYR is paying for some engraving at the Plymouth Memorial for a soldier that was killed in action.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR plans to increase recruiting efforts for both the PBYR board and general membership. Currently PBYR needs additional volunteers to help design fund-raising materials, invite speakers to a meeting, manage a request for service, attend fund-raising/outreach efforts and related. Please let me know your availability or special interests. PBYR is currently focusing on expanding outreach to area BYR cities to partner more, e.g., housing, cars, fundraising and related. The trend is that more cities will likely be partnering on projects and resource identification. A meeting with Anoka BYR is scheduled and several BYR others will be scheduled. Jennifer’s efforts in this area is appreciated. Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, PBYR President

Military Youth Fishing Clinic

fishing clinicChaska Fishing with Friends and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska is hosting a youth fishing clinic on 4 June 2016 – they have 50 spots with 25 reserved for military youth – we are opening the event to surrounding networks – if you have military service members that have children please let them know please let them know – that has been very successful for the last years and offers a wonderful opportunity to promote fishing to the next generation – the attached flyer is has the contact and reservation information – contact the Chaska Community Center with individual questions.

Fishing with Friends 2016 Flyer

Mark Muhlenkort

Career Opportunity for Veterans

career opportunityI am currently looking to immediately hire a Military Veteran for a Records Management role with a large financial services firm in Plymouth, MN. If there are any veterans in your veteran network network who may be interested in such a role they can contact me at bgibbs@genesis10.com.

Compensation: $15.00 per hour with a Benefit Package

Position Summary

  • Responsible for all records management and documentation aspects for central records operations. Assists with receiving and inventory management for Warehouse operations. Provides back-up support to Warehouse pick-up and delivery operations.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Support and maintain an electronic document control and records management database system for all Minnesota banking operations. Participate in implementing/maintaining procedures for security, tracking, classification guidelines, storage, retrieval, and destruction of Record Storage boxes.
  • Provide training and assistance for record box submission preparation, retrieval requests and other customer needs. Handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information. Work involves strong attention to detail, and the ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively. In addition, this position requires strong customer service skills and the ability to exceed customer expectations.
  • Handle all required reports necessary to keep accurate and up-to-date warehouse records.
  • Give or obtain signed receipts for deliveries or pickups. Maintain daily activities. Assist in maintaining current inventory records at all times. Participate in all quarterly inventories and is accurate and accountable for all duties assigned.
  • Assist in unloading trucks bearing incoming shipments. Maintain good housekeeping practices in the receiving, shipping and warehouse area, to facilitate ready access to stored items and provide a clean work environment.
  • Perform other projects and initiatives, as required, in order to enhance the effectiveness of the operations team and contribute to continuing improvement of overall company performance.
  • On occasion, this position may also include helping the furniture side of the warehouse or being on the truck making deliveries or pickups.
  • May provide work direction, training and guidance for warehouse staff in the absence of the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 2+ years business related experience
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to coordinate projects, assessing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong PC skills
  • Solid customer service skills.


  • Associate’s degree in business or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Previous records management experience.
  • Previous experience in an office/warehouse environment.
  • Knowledge of driving a 16 foot box truck with a manual transmission is optional, but highly regarded