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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.

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

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FREE DENTAL CARE: Dentistry from the Heart – January 18th

 

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What: This event provides free limited dental care for individuals in need.
* All treatments are on a first-come, first serviced basis
* New patients only
* No appointment is required
* Please bring a list of medications and health information

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 beginning at 7am

Where: 33 Tenth Ave S, Suite 250 Hopkins, MN 55343

How: Walk in Questions? http://www.shamblottfamilydentistry.com or call 952-935-5599

Bowling Day Fundraiser for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities

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Who: All

What: Bowling Fundraiser for area military families supported by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities

Where: Doyle’s Bowling and Lounge 5000 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55429

When: Sunday, Jan. 29 11 a.m.-1 p.m. After bowling, visit the Crystal VFW Post #494 for lunch and bowling performances prizes. Crystal VFW Post #494 5222 56th Ave. N. (Bass Lake Rd., in Crystal)

How: Sign up at Doyles at 10:30 a.m. Bowling at 11 a.m. $20 per person (includes three games, shoes and lunch)

Join the Quad Communities of Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale as it supports local service members. Donations received through fundraising activities are given back to military personnel and families in need. Please see PDF Flyer below for more information.

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Coins tossed into Hennepin County Government Center pool aren’t just for wishes

coins-in-a-poolThere is a nice story in this mornings issue of the Star Tribune “Minnesota” section by Kelly Smith that might warm your heart on this cold Minnesota day. Many of us have thrown a coin or two in a pool and made a wish and never gave it a second thought. Little did we know that we were helping local charities.

In 2016 PBYR was one of those lucky enough to be a recipient. So next time that you wander by the Hennepin County Government Center pool, reach in your pocket or purse and drop in a coin or two as you make a wish, you are not the only one that will benefit. I am not going to spoil the rest of the story for you but you can read it here.

Let’s work together

Jeff Grates

I took this picture of Jeff Grates swabbing the floor at the VFW wearing his Packer jersey yesterday. The picture’s kinda funny, but telling. Jeff was an Army Command Sgt. Major for 28 years. He also spent over 40 years in law enforcement. On New Years Day 2017 Jeff is still doing what he can to serve veterans and his community. He could have been any place celebrating, but he had chores he wouldn’t let slide. Jeff’s not unique. Each of you have done the same thing . It’s this commitment that makes the American Legion, VFW, Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart so special. We’re family. We argue, fight, get peed off over operational differences and much more. However, we are family and that makes us strong.

Everyone needs help at some point. No one stands up and advocates for veterans and their families more than the Legion, VFW, Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart. No one!! Our family had some squabbles in 2016 for sure. I’m asking each of you to put that in the past and recommit to helping our fellow veterans. You’ve all heard me say it a hundred times. “If we don’t look out for us no one else will”. Many veterans were treated terribly when they came home from the service. Please, let’s stand together and never allow that to happen again.

I’m asking you to forward this e-mail to the other veterans in our Post’s and community. It’s important that our servicemen and women know they’re not alone. I have very few e-mail addresses in my book so I need your help. Thanks in advance. Together we can make 2017 a very good year!

God Bless,

Jim Heimerl – Heinzen-Ditter Commander

Build Your Dreams 5-Day Self Employment Workshop

What: Get a practical overview of the fundamentals required to start a small business in this FREE 5-day workshop for veterans and their family members.

When: Mondays Jan. 30 – Feb. 27, 2017 6:00-9:00 PM

Where: Women Venture 2012 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55413

How: Space is limited to the first 30 registrants, so register now at:
http://www.stpaul.score.org
or call (651) 632-8937

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No cost to veterans

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Happy Holidays from PBYR

WE HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY

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We hope you are all able to spend this wonderful holiday with your family and friends and that you all find peace, health and happiness. Don’t forget those service men and women who are protecting you in all corners of this world and can’t be home to spend time with their family and friends.

AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Hiring Correction Officers

 

career opportunityWHO: All Military, Veteran, families and the community

WHAT: Hiring Correction Officers
WHEN: Applications accepted December 12, 2016 – December 30, 2016
WHERE: Apply online at the Minnesota Careers website www.mn.gov/careers
WHY: Join a team with a national reputation for excellence
HOW: www.doc.state.mn.us
ABOUT: Salary: $17.17 to $20.37 ($35,851 to $42,533 annual) – Upon successful academy completion
$18.73 to $27.07 ($39,108 to $56,522 annual)- After one year
Work Locations: MN Correctional Facilities in Faribault, Lino Lakes, Moose Lake/Willow River, Oak Park Heights, Red Wing, Rush City, St. Cloud, Shakopee, and Stillwater

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To stay connected on the latest and greatest events and resources for Service members, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheYellowRibbon/ and sign up for the e-postcard today!

BeThere Assistance Program

pbyr-betherelogoA new resource available for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve members and their families. Please see the PDF’s below for additional information.

Who: BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center.

What: Call and speak to a Veteran or military spouse when you need to:

  • Talk to someone who shares your military experience
  • Connect to resources
  • Get support in any area of life

Peer specialists support you after your call with follow-up for as long as
you want it.

Where/How: Chat: https://BeTherePeerSupport.com
Text: 480-360-6188
Call : 844-357-PEER (7337)

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Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas

The December 13, 2016 edition of the Sun Sailor newspaper had a very nice story written by Kristen Miller about how:

Students from Greenwood Elementary hope to spread some holiday cheer among the Minnesota soldiers serving overseas. During the fourth annual Paws to Do Good Family Service Night Dec. 8, students wrote personalized letters thanking soldiers for their service and wished them a happy holiday season as a service through Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.”

You can read the entire article by going to Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas .

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Military OneSource Tax Services are Free

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A reminder to all eligible service members that Military OneSource’s tax link for free tax services will be available starting: January 16th 2017. At this time service members can login if they already have a login, call our tax consultants and start the filing process (ensure they have all there W2’s). If service members do not ave a login it is very easy to do (takes about 5 mins) to create one. This is a great resource for service members to take advantage of!

****Remember service members can file 1 federal and up to 3 state returns.

For more information visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil .

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Minnesota Wild 5th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night

Minnesota_WildThe Minnesota Wild 5th annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon awareness night will be held Sunday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices start at:
$53 per Upper Level
$69 per Lower Level – (Standing Rail Only)
$89 per Lower Level
$109 per Club Level

Offer Includes:

* Ticket to see Wild take on Predators
* Commemorative T-Shirt
* Camouflage Drawstring Bag
* Pre-game on-ice photo at 4:15 p.m.
* Pre-game party in Michelob Golden Light Fan Zone Starting at 4:30 p.m.
* First 500 tickets purchased receive a Minnesota Wild Challenge Coin

All tickets purchased are entered into a drawing for autographed pucks, player cards (winners will be notified at their seats during the game), a drawing for Zamboni Rides and to sit on the bench during pre-game warm-ups (winners will be notified two days before the game.)

PURCHASE TICKETS : Beyond the Yellow Ribbon night

pbyrlogomodThe MN Wild will be proclaimed our 54th Yellow Ribbon Company on this evening as well! A portion of each ticket purchased goes directly back to the St Paul Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Limited number of tickets are available in each price point and are on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets and support BTYR, simply use the link above Be sure to share after you purchase for your chance at an autographed hockey stick! The more you share, the more chances you have.

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

Medtronic Career Awareness Day – January 25, 2017

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On January 25th, 2017, Medtronic will be sponsoring Medtronic Career Awareness Day in partnership with and hosted by Minnesota National Guard Arden Hills Army Training Site. Medtronic leaders, recruiters and Veteran Employee Resource Group members will be discussing various career areas within the organization, and the skill translation of military experience into careers at Medtronic.

Please RSVP your attendance for the event before the event and send your questions to
heather.a.folkestad@medtronic.com.  Please see the PDF below for additional information.

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Twin Cities Honor Flight – May 6

 

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I just received the confirmed date for the next Twin Cities Honor Flight. Honor flights help World War II Veterans and now Korean War Veterans have a day in Washington D.C. at no cost. Help welcome them home when they arrive back in MN. If you know of any World War II Veterans that have not been on a flight, please encourage them to apply at: http://honorflighttwincities.org/. We are trying to find them all!

A waiting list is starting for Korean War Veterans as well.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017. Arrive at Terminal 2 Baggage Area by 10PM. Flight typically arrives about 10:20-10:30PM.

WHERE: Terminal 2 (previously called the Humphrey Terminal) Minneapolis Airport, 7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, 55450
Meet in Baggage Area, No need to RSVP, just show up! Bring signs and cheers!

Free Christmas toys and stocking stuffers at the Arden Hills Family Assistance Center

Christmas toys and stocking stuffers free at the Arden Hills Family Assistance Center

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Who: All Service members, Their Families, and Veterans

What: Free toys, puzzles, books, and other items available free of cost for Military Families.

Where: Ben Franklin Readiness Center- 1536 Ben Franklin Dr Arden Hills, MN 55112, Please call if you need directions and/or once you get here so I can meet you at the door and let you in 651-282-4055.

When: Now through Christmas

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181

PBYR Sincerely Thanks the Greenwood Students, Parents and Staff for the Donation of $350 in Gift Cards!!!!

thank-youPBYR Sincerely Thanks the Greenwood Students, Parents and Staff for the Donation of $350.00 in Gift Cards!!!!

pbyr-img_0197We greatly appreciated the invitation to participate in Community Service Night at Greenwood Elementary School on December 8, 2017. Jennifer and I saw that Greenwood is a school that is clearly doing very well! The students and their parents were delightful and there was a lot of positive energy present! Kristen Miller, Editor from Sun Sailor also came to the event and will write an article with pictures.

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Discount ticket offer for World’s Toughest Rodeo

pbyr-wtr17WHO: Military, Veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Communities

WHAT: Discount ticket offer to the upcoming World’s Toughest Rodeo

WHEN: February 3-4, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

ABOUT: Save $5 on select seating when ordering on-line at Caution-www.xcelenergycenter.com/military < Caution-http://www.xcelenergycenter.com/military > or via the attached order form. For additional info please see PDF below. Offer expires January 30, 2017.

POC: Karen Reisinger, Xcel Energy Center Group Sales Coordinator; 317 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 312-3486 – direct (651) 726-8246 – fax

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