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


Blue Star Moms Collecting Holidays Donations


pbyr-pine-city-bluestarsWHO: Yellow Ribbon community
WHAT: Blue Star Moms Chapter #16 is Collecting items for Holiday package
WHEN: November 6, 2016
WHY: To Package 50 large flat boxes to be send overseas to the men and women serving our country
HOW: Mail your donation to PCBSM PO Box 258 Pine City, MN 55063
POC: pinecitybluestarmoms@gmail.com

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bsm care package wish list.pdf

Military OneSource offers Financial Educational Opportunities on MyTraining Hub

Military1SourceKnow any service members that are looking for a financial educational opportunity…look no further then Military OneSource’s (MyTraining Hub).

These financial courses are offered on MyTraining Hub absolutely free! Go to http://www.militaryonesource.mil , login/create a login and go to the Looking for this carousel and click on MyTraining Hub.


Finance – 01 Consumer Credit

pbyr-number4This course is designed to help you understand the good, bad and ugly of credit. You will learn how to build and maintain good credit, and the ins and outs of credit reports.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members



Finance – 02 Developing Your Spending Plan

pbyr-number-5This course is designed to help you develop a spending plan to help ensure your financial success. You will learn how to identify your needs and wants, and create financial goals.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members



Finance – 03 Investing for Your Future

pbyr-number-6This course will help you understand how to set financial goals. You will learn how to evaluate investment products and the features of military and non-military retirement programs.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members



Finance – 04 Car Buying Strategies

pbyr-number-7This course is designed to provide you with tools and tips for a good car buying experience, and how to avoid the pitfalls buyers make. You will learn about the three deals of car buying, the common “car buying game”, and your legal rights.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members



Finance – 05 Money and the Move

pbyr-number-8This course is designed to help you understand the costs associated with moving in the military. You will learn what to expect and how to prepare.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members


Questions please let me know.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • michael.meier@militaryonesource.com
  • http://www.militaryonesource.mil
  • 1-800-342-9647

PBYR had a booth at the Plymouth Fire Department’s Open House

pbyr-number-3On October 15, 2016 PBYR was represented by Kersten Beckstrom, a newly elected PBYR Director and she expertly managed the booth. The open house was well attended. Gary was able to review PBYR partnerships with Home Depot, Buffalo Wild Wings, Plymouth Holiday Station and other groups at the event. All remain committed to PBYR and the statewide BYR program. The good energy from all these community partners was high!!

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Disney Land/Disney World Special pricing for Military Families

pbyr-disneyMembers of the U.S. Military enjoy specially priced theme park tickets in 2017 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. From September 28, 2016 through December 16, 2017, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

Two Options are available for 2017:

Choose between a Disney 4-Day Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Ticket. The Park Hopper Option is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket! You can also add-on the Water Park Fun for only $37!

*Disney 4-Day Park Hopper Military Promotional Tickets for $209 each, plus tax (add-on Water Park Fun $37)

*Disney 5-Day Park Hopper Military Promotional Tickets for $224 each, plus tax (add-on Water Park Fun $37)

Valid from January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017. And if you’re looking for a little extra magic, add the Water Park Fun & More Option for just $37 more plus tax. Continue reading

Hamel VFW Halloween Party

pbyr-hamel-vfwThe Hamel VFW is hosting a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 29th from 5:00-11:00. The Fabulous Del Counts will be playing from 7:00-10:00. Food will be served from 5:00-8:00.

We are giving out prizes to the three best costumes. The First Place prize is “limousine night” on the town. Get dressed up or just stop by the “V” for a night of great music and fun.

There is no cover charge.

Veteran Service Officer position available- Wright County

great-opportunity-aheadSubject: Veteran Service Officer position available- Wright County

What: Wright County Service Officer Position available

When: Opening date: 10/11/16 Closing date: 10/26/16 04:30 PM

How: Applications may be filed on-line at: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/335/Employment-Opportunities

for Location:
10 2nd Street NW, Room 235
Buffalo, MN 55313

Please see PDF below for further job description.


Job Posting & Application for Edible Arrangements

Help wantedBelow and attached are details for positions offered for Edible Arrangements, this Company would like to hire Military Veterans to fill these positions.

Attached are job descriptions for the different positions available at edible arrangements. All locations are in need of Customer Service/Fruit Experts, Productions team members, and delivery drivers.

Number to call with questions or to schedule interview: 763-420-3115, application form are available in the PDF below.

4 locations in the twin cities that are looking for part time help:

Maple Grove
13712 Grove Drive
Maple Grove, MN 55311
(763) 420-3115

1380 Duckwood Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 683-2067

5824 Lincoln Drive
Edina, MN 55436
(952) 935-2852

284 E. Travelers Trail
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 224-3640

application form

delivery job description

fruit expert job description

production job description


Camp Bliss is hosting a retreat for Women Veterans

camp-blissSubject: Female Veterans Wellness and Pampering

What: Camp Bliss is hosting a retreat for Women Veterans

When: October 14 – 16, 2016. Check in is Friday the 14th between 2 and 5 p.m.

Where: 6150 Camp Fish Road – PO Box 879 ? Walker, MN 56484

How to register: Return Registration to Camp Bliss – 6150 Camp Fish Road – PO Box 879 – Walker, MN 56484 or email it to office@campbliss.org or call us at 218‐547‐4004.

Meals are included, and the cost for the weekend is $50. Please see the PDF below.


VA Veterans Job Fair – November 16

veterans-job-fairWhat: VA Veterans Job Fair

When: November 16, 2016 – 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Minneapolis VA Medical Center in the Auditorium (near the main entrance) One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Featured Businesses:
Health Partners, Comcast, Liberty Diversified, US Bank, UPS, Minnesota Orchestra, General Parts Group, Mains’l, Supervalu, Mall of America, US Post Office, Enterprise Holdings, Volt Workforce Solutions, Medtronic, Voigts Bus Company, Schmitty & Sons, MN Dept. of Employment, Minneapolis VA, MN Dept. of Human Services, Allied Barton, US Customs & Border Protection

No registration required, please come prepared for a potential interview and don’t forget your resume. For additional info please see the pdf below.


Did you know? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month-Bullying Prevention Month and more?



Did you know that October is:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual national observance bringing attention to this serious public health issue. When you suspect domestic abuse, your concern and support can help change a person’s life. Know the warning signs and know where to find help for a victim. Take a stand to stop the violence and keep your community safe. For Domestic Violence Emergencies – CALL 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 or visit http://www.thehotline.org – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org .
  • Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. For resources and to get help now check out the below websites:

•Visit http://www.StopBullying.gov
•Visit: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/knowbullying/tools/?WT.ac=PTP_20140815_KnowBullying_PartnerTools
•Visit: http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/
• Military OneSource Employee Assistance Program (EAP or Login) website to order (at no cost) the Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain book:

October 31: Halloween: Ghosts, Goblins and other scary sights are abound – Military OneSource has resources to help you talk to your children about fears, staying safe, food allergy and food safety tips. Below are articles from the Military OneSource Employee Assistance Program (EAP or Login) website to help you get your Halloween off to a safe start:

  1. Fun Without Fear: Taking the Horror Out of Halloween for Young Children
  2. Halloween Safety Information for Parents
  3. Halloween Health and Safety Tips
  4. You can find recipes in the Mayo Clinic Health Library for a healthy trick or treat meal before the children head out. There are several categories of recipes like appetizer, dinner, snack and soup recipes available for you. You will find recipes like Carrot and Spice Quick Bread or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip and the Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix.

If you would like to carve your own military themed pumpkin, check out the templates found here: https://www.veteransunited.com/spouse/carve-military-themed-pumpkin-free-pumpkin-stencils

The Military OneSource eNewsletter –
• Are You Ready to Vote?
• Take a Stand to End Domestic Violence
• Top 10 Things to Know About the New Blended Retirement System

Protect Your Credit – The Military Lending Act takes effect TODAY; to learn more visit: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-and-legal/personal-financial-management-and-taxes?content_id=293448

Military OneSource Webinars: Click here to register – October Webinars
• Building Healthy Relationships Webinar: October 12
• Check website periodically for updates to additional webinars
Check out Archived Webinars – examples below:
n Nature and Prevention of Bullying – Bully Busting Activity Instructor’s Guide – look at three lessons that can be used with elementary and middle school students

Personalized Website Tour: Interested in learning more about Military OneSource? Why not set up a personalized virtual website tour – As YOUR Military OneSource Consultant, I’m here for YOU & just a phone call / email away. Have an upcoming event you would like Military OneSource to attend, please contact me.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • michael.meier@miltaryonesource.com
  • http://www.militaryonesource.mil
  • 1-800-342-9647

HRCI FAC Specialist position available in Mankato

Help wantedHRCI FAC Specialist position available in Mankato

Position Title: Army National Guard (ARNG) Family Assistance Center (FAC) Specialist
Location: Mankato Training & Community Center
100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
Deadline for Application: 14 Oct 2016
Salary: $42,466 Annual
Availability: 11 Oct 2016

Please see PDF for attached application information for position.


Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI ContractorMN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
****Please note my email has changed to yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

Belong Tour tickets available

The Minnesota Wild and the Xcel Energy Center have provided a limited number of tickets available for military connected women to the BELONG Tour being held at the Excel Energy Center on Friday, October 21st from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

What is the BELONG Tour?  BELONG is a Friday night – Saturday live event bringing women together in arenas across the country.  Thousands of women will gather to hear remarkable communicators Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist, Nichole Nordeman, Sharon Irving, Angela Davis, Patsy Clairmont hone in on how to live a fun, faith-filled, purposeful life.  There will be plenty of personal stories, music, laughter and maybe even some tears in this open space where women can connect to one another, to see and know each other, and carry each other’s burdens.

I have the tickets in my St Paul Office or can mail them as well. Let me know if you have any military connected women who may be interested in this inspiring event.

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
MN Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155-2004
(O) 651.282.4002
(C) 651.955.3108


PBYR participates in Plymouth on Parade 2016

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On September 24, 2016 PBYR participated in Plymouth on Parade with walkers and a booth for the 5th consecutive year!

We did some outreach and it remains clear that many people still do not know about PBYR or the MN BYR network of 219+ cities.

The PBYR goal for such events is to request that people visit our website (PBYR.org) and note the list of resources available for service members, veterans and their families. Also, to welcome them to reach out to PBYR via the website if they have a special need or request for the PBYR Board to consider.





Fall Family Retreat for Military Families

Fall Family Retreat for Military Families


Looking for a beautiful fall getaway? Ironwood Springs Ranch in Stewartville, MN has a military family retreat. Activities included for all members of the family and time to connect and recharge.

Who: Military Families (currently serving or veteran)

What: Fall Family Retreat

Where: Ironwood Springs Camp, Stewartville, MN

When: Sept 30-Oct 1 and Oct 21-23

How to register: www.ironwoodsprings.com/operationwelcomehome

POC: Laura Weiss
Office Manager Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
(507) 533-4315

All Veterans Career Fair for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families

All Veterans Career Fair for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families

career opportunity

What: A free hiring event for Veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430

How: Register at https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/minneapolis-all-veterans-job-fair-october-13-2016

There will be information on Job Opportunities, Continuing Education Opportunities, Business Ownership Opportunities. Please see attached PDF flyer for more information.

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Pain Free Patriots Program

pain-free-patriots-logo_dark-2-150x150Pain Free Patriots Program


What: Grant opportunity for Veterans dealing with chronic pain

Why: Pain Free Patriots changes lives by providing medical grants for elective treatment to help relieve chronic pain for military Veterans.

How: Contact our Veteran Advocate Chris Barber at 952-746-3174 or chris@painfreepatriots.org.

Website: Painfreepatriots.org

For more information on program: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/04/pain-free-patriots/ and see attached PDF flyer.


Minnesota WILD Pre Season ticket offer

wild-ticketsWhat: Minnesota Pre Season Take a Service Member or Veteran to a game event

Where: Tickets will be available at will call on 2 October game day

How: Call the Rosemount FAC at 651-282-4748, please have child’s name, age and number of tickets needed. Requests must be received by close of business on 16 September

The hope is that children who might not otherwise be able to go to a game will get the chance. They will also have several other things going on that night like meeting Nordy, face painting, 1st game certificates and other things.

The Medal of Honor Convention at US Bank Stadium


This event serves as an opportunity for Minnesota to show the Medal of Honor recipients our level of enthusiasm and honor by filling over 1,000 seats of the US Bank Stadium; we invite the public to show their support during this opening once in a lifetime event as we give a Minnesota Nice welcome to our nation’s greatest heroes.

What: The Medal of Honor Convention

Where: US Bank Stadium- 401 Chicago Ave, Mpls MN 55415

When: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Why: This event serves as an opportunity for Minnesota to show the Medal of Honor recipients our level of enthusiasm and honor by filling over 1,000 seats of the US Bank Stadium; we invite the public to show their support during this opening once in a lifetime event as we give a Minnesota Nice welcome to our nation’s greatest heroes.

To register: http://bit.ly/MOHTCWelcome

Contact: Dept. Adjutant – Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chuck Jones Phone: 763-607-0245 | Email: cjmoph1@gmail.com

Please see attached PDF for further information: