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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.

Donations can be made out to: Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon c/o Heinzen –Ditter VFW, 19020 Hamel Rd, Plymouth, MN 55446.

Donations can also be made through Thrivent Choice®.

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PBYR welcomes all offers to volunteer or partner.  Please email Gary.Goldetsky@oncallstaffing.com or telephone (612-716-2189), and note that for certain assignments a criminal background check will need to be completed prior to deployment.

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

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day Event – September 21

 

The above event will be held this Friday, September 21st at Central Park  Greenfield at 5:30. There is a roofed enclosure at the park so weather’s not a problem. The Hamel American Legion and VFW will provide the Color Guard for this event. I hope you can attend.

I’ve been asked to speak that day because I was listed as “Missing In Action ” in 1966. I made it home and there was closure for my family. Almost 90,000 of our servicemen and women never came home. There’s been no closure for their families and the pain still remains. Please join us for this short ceremony as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget!

A number of people are meeting at the Hamel VFW at 4:00 pm and will be carpooling to Greenfield. You are welcomed to join us!

Jim Heimerl
Commander-Hamel VFW
(651) 261-3111

Thank you Kersten!

I am pleased to announce that Kersten arranged a $554.00 donation for PBYR through the Thrivent Choice program as she has an account at Thrivent.  Also, Kersten was the one that had the initial idea for PBYR to get  qualified for the program.  I sincerely thank her on behalf of PBYR for her very generous donation and all her efforts with PBYR!!

If others have a Thrivent account please contact Allan (allancrew1@gmail.comand Kersten (k.beckstrom@comcast.net) with any questions on how to participate in the Thrivent Choice program.  These donations will help PBYR help Service Members and their families.

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

FAC September Newsletter

Happy September! I hope this finds you well. We are now moving into Fall which means getting kids back to school, fuzzy socks and big sweaters! This month I am working with families/units that are preparing to welcome home their service members, while others  are preparing for theirs to deploy. A lot of change for our MN Service Members and their Families. This month I have focused on Homecoming/Reintegration, which was the hardest part of the deployment (After the excitement settled) for me. 

There are many resources for families that we can get military families connected to, many are free or low-cost. As always, if I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help!

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Have a wonderful day!

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor

Strategic Resources, Inc.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

PBYR is now a member of Thrivent Choice

We are pleased to announce that Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is now a member of Thrivent Choice and is listed in the Thrivent Choice online catalog–an option for non-profits to receive donations. This option will apply to you if you have a Thrivent financial account.

Thrivent Choice is a member-advised program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach funds each year. When eligible Thrivent Financial members direct Choice Dollars® to your organization in a particular month, Thrivent Financial reviews the recommendation and makes an electronic deposit in your organization’s bank account by the 10th of the following month. Those funds may be used to carry out the religious, charitable or educational purposes of your organization.

To promote your organization to members who may be eligible to direct Choice Dollars, refer to the Promotional Tip Sheet and the Thrivent Choice Best Practices. Additionally, a wide range of free promotional material is available, including web text, inserts and banner ads under the “Promote Thrivent Choice” section on the Thrivent Choice website.

If you have any questions about Thrivent Choice, please contact a Customer Care Professional from the Member Connection Center at 1-800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and say “Thrivent Choice” at the prompt or email mail@thrivent.com.

This option should help PBYR help service members and their families!

 

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

 

Two career opportunities available

The following positions are available. Please contact Todd Webb for additional information.

Conservsis – Software company building software for Agriculture (Farmers) located in downtown Minneapolis. $100 – $120K Full time direct hire

MTS Systems – Publicly held Measurement systems company located in Eden Prairie MN $130K (Military Supply Chain experience desired) $130K . MTS is a defense contractor and appreciate the professionalism and background of former Military personnel.

 

Todd Webb
Vice President of Business Development
OCC Partners Corporate & Technology 
Business & Technical
Search & Placement
Consulting
Projects
763-545-6017
612.225.1834 (fax)
todd@occpartners.com

 

A Soldier Never Forgets North Platte

When service members pass through this small town in Nebraska, the community comes together to thank them.

‘We were overwhelmed,” said Lt. Col. Nick Jaskolski. “I don’t really have words to describe how surprised and moved we all were. I had never even heard of the town before.”

Col. Jaskolski, a veteran of the Iraq war, is commander of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard. For three weeks earlier this summer, the 142nd had been conducting an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Wyoming, training and sleeping outdoors, subsisting on field rations. Now it was time for the 700 soldiers to return to their base.

A charter bus company had been hired for the 18-hour drive back to Arkansas. The Army had budgeted for a stop to get snacks. The bus company determined that the soldiers would reach North Platte, in western Nebraska, around the time they would likely be hungry. The company placed a call to the visitors’ bureau: Was there anywhere in town that could handle a succession of 21 buses, and get 700 soldiers in and out for a quick snack?

North Platte said yes. North Platte has always said yes.

During World War II, North Platte was a geographically isolated town of 12,000. Soldiers, sailors and aviators on their way to fight the war rode troop trains across the nation, bound for Europe via the East Coast or the Pacific via the West Coast. The Union Pacific Railroad trains that transported the soldiers always made 10-minute stops in North Platte to take on water.

The townspeople made those 10 minutes count. Starting in December 1941, they met every train: up to 23 a day, beginning at 5 a.m. and ending after midnight. Those volunteers greeted between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers a day. They presented them with sandwiches and gifts, played music for them, danced with them, baked birthday cakes for them. Every day of the year, every day of the war, they were there at the depot. They never missed a train, never missed a soldier. They fed six million soldiers by the end of the war. Not 1 cent of government money was asked for or spent, save for a $5 bill sent by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The soldiers never forgot the kindness. Most of them, and most of the townspeople who greeted them, are dead. And now, in 2018, those 21 busloads from the 142nd Field Artillery were on their way, expecting to stop at some fast-food joint.

“We couldn’t believe what we saw when we pulled up,” Col. Jaskolski said. As each bus arrived over a two-day period, the soldiers stepped out to be greeted by lines of cheering people holding signs of thanks. They weren’t at a fast-food restaurant: They were at North Platte’s events center, which had been opened and decorated especially for them.

“People just started calling our office when they heard the soldiers were on their way,” said Lisa Burke, the director of the visitors’ bureau. “Hundreds of people, who wanted to help.”

The soldiers entered the events center to the aroma of steaks grilling and the sound of recorded music: current songs by Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Florida Georgia Line; World War II songs by Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Dorsey. They were served steak sandwiches, ham sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, deviled eggs, salads and fruit; local church groups baked pies, brownies and cookies.

Mayor Dwight Livingston stood at the door for two days and shook every soldier’s hand. Mr. Livingston served in the Air Force in Vietnam and came home to no words of thanks. Now, he said, as he shook the hands and welcomed the soldiers, “I don’t know whether those moments were more important for them, or for me. I knew I had to be there.”

“It was one soldier’s 21st birthday,” Lisa Burke said. “When I gave him his cake, he told me it was the first birthday cake he’d ever had in his life.” Not wanting to pry, she didn’t ask him how that could possibly be. “I was able to hold my emotions together,” she said. “Until later.”

When it became time to settle up—the Army, after all, had that money budgeted for snacks—the 142nd Field Artillery was told: Nope. You’re not spending a penny here. This is on us.

This is on North Platte.

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal – https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-soldier-never-forgets-north-platte-1532289711

Minnesota Gophers Volleyball Big Ten/ACC Challenge

 

The MINNESOTA GOPHERS VOLLEYBALL open their 2018 season hosting the BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE, August 24th-25th at Target Center.  Wisconsin and North Carolina return for this year’s event, while Florida State joins the fifth-annual challenge in 2018.  Two matches will be held on both August 24 and 25 as the Gophers and Badgers face UNC and FSU in four total matches.  The Gophers face Florida State on Friday, August 24, followed by North Carolina on Saturday, August 25.

To purchase a General Admission Weekend Pass for $35 (Includes Two Total tickets: One Ticket For Both Games On Friday and One Ticket For Both Games On Saturday) as well as save families the fees which they would have to pay if they purchased tickets through another site, please click on this link:  http://bit.ly/b10_acc_challenge_military

PBYR Assists Service Member’s Family with College Planning

In July, 2018 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was able to track down valuable information for a family involved in college search.  There is a Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Program for Colleges and significant cost savings are possible if families qualify for this program. This article discusses the program and the military family was appreciative that PBYR was able to promptly respond and help: https://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/the-yellow-ribbon-program-explained.html

The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100% of their tuition.

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

MACMH Children’s Mental Health Focus Group

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is looking for parents and professionals to participate in an upcoming focus group. The purpose of this activity is to gain insight and feedback into the online children’s mental health content that MACMH will soon be offering.

Please join us at the MACMH offices, 23 Empire Drive, STE.1000, 1-3pm, Saturday, August, 11th from 1-3pm. Light snacks will be offered and  gift card drawings will be held.  If you are a children’s mental health professional or a parent/caregiver of a child that has a mental health diagnosis and would like to participate, please register here.

Please fee free to contact me at the information below with any clarification needed or questions!

Thank you for the consideration!

Rachael Jacques
Director/Development and Programming
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Ste. 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-644-7333
rjacques@macmh.org

 

Hug a Plymouth Lion!

I am pleased to announce that the Plymouth Lions just donated $8,000 to PBYR!!!  The Plymouth Lions have consistently helped support the PBYR mission since 2011. On behalf of PBYR,  I wish to acknowledge our sincere appreciation to the Plymouth Lions for their partnership, friendship  and Trust over the years.

**The Plymouth Lions are clearly an inspiration to all with their efforts to do service and good in our community with the type of projects that they support.  Please hug a Plymouth Lion!!!

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

 

Post-Rodeo Dinner & Dance at the Hamel VFW

The Hamel VFW is hosting a post-rodeo Dinner & Dance  Saturday, July 14th. Food served 5:00-8:00 pm with music from 7:00- 11:00. The Band Tailspin will be on stage playing their country rock. What a great way to kick back after a long rodeo week! Rose will be serving her humongous hamburgers along pulled pork sandwiches. So put on your cowboy hat one more time and join us at the Hamel VFW.

 

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111
Hamel VFW
19020 Hamel Rd.
Plymouth, MN 55446