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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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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.

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Help place a flag on every Fort Snelling headstone for the first time in 30 years

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KARE 11 and Flags for Fort Snelling partner to honor vets this Memorial Day

Help place a flag on every headstone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the first time in 30 years.

As Minnesota’s front door for generosity, we are always excited to see all of the support on GiveMN.org from Minnesotans to power the good being done by nonprofits and schools in every corner of our state.

As we look forward to Memorial Day next weekend, we are especially thrilled to highlight a major project and fundraiser taking place in the Twin Cities. Flags for Fort Snelling, KARE 11, Mall of America, and RBCU have teamed up to ensure a flag will be placed on every grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.

Help purchase flags for Memorial Day 2018

Below, learn more from KARE 11 on how you can get involved by helping to purchase flags or volunteering to help place the flags next weekend.

Support our local veterans by helping purchase flags during the KARE 11 Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day

Today, KARE 11 will host a special Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day. It will be a day spent sharing stories of local veterans and our local heroes.  Your support will ensure every Veteran is honored, both this year and for years to come.
Here’s how you can help:

Help us purchase flags for each headstone for our partner nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling. Your donation, large or small, will ensure every hero that has been laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be remembered this Memorial Day and lay the groundwork to make this a yearly tradition.

Donate to help purchase flags for every Fort Snelling headstone

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend and provide photos to requesting families who are unable to visit in person for Memorial Day. Volunteer registration is available on the Flags for Fort Snelling website.

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend

We only have 11 more days until Memorial Day weekend and we need your support to make this Memorial Day, and those to come, special for every Veteran.

See more of KARE 11’s Flags for Fort Snelling coverage

Volunteer Opportunity – The Wall that Heals June 21-24

Twin Cities PBS – TPT and Minnesota Remembers Vietnam are hosting The Wall That Heals Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN. This brand-new version of the Wall is a traveling, 3/4–scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since its original dedication in 1996, The Wall has been displayed in nearly 600 communities throughout the nation. The Wall is free and open to the public and will be open 24 hours a day, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 and ending in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, June 24. In addition to the Wall itself, there will be programming throughout the weekend. (For a list of our scheduled events, visit MNVietnam.org/wall)

Volunteers Needed!

We wanted to offer you the chance to be a part of this amazing event! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience The Wall while giving back and serving the community. Duties may include but are not limited to: greeting and welcoming guests, assisting visitors in locating names on the Wall, helping complete rubbings of engraved names, giving directions, answering questions, and providing informational material to visitors. We are looking for individual and groups. In order to qualify as a group, you must be able to register a minimum of 6 people, at least 15 years in age, for at least one of the same shift.

Shifts 
Shifts are available in 4-hour blocks. Your group is welcome sign up for multiple blocks. T-shirts will be provided for you, as well as a private volunteer area with water, snacks, and a dedicated space to reflect. There is not a designated volunteer parking lot, but there are several lots and parking areas nearby. The Capitol grounds are also easily accessible by Metro Transit.

Training 
Training will take place on Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. Please make every reasonable effort to attend as it will not only make your volunteering experience much more enjoyable, but there are also forms and waivers that MUST be filled out prior to your volunteering.

Accessibility 
If you have mobility/accessibility concerns (or any other questions) about volunteering, please contact Samantha Grangaard, Volunteer Coordinator, at sgrangaard@tpt.org. Please let Samantha know if you have any questions about this opportunity.
We are looking forward to this event and hope to see you there!

To sign up to volunteer, please go to the link below:
https://www.tpt.org/support/volunteer/

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

Hamel VFW Armed Forces Day Dinner & Hanger Dance

The Hamel VFW is hosting an Armed Forces Day Dinner & Dance on Saturday, May 19th, Food from 5-8:00 pm. Rose will be serving burgers and a chicken dinner with all the trimmings. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great classic rock from 7-11:00 pm! We have several prizes for the best ‘dance’ customs. Bring a friend or relative who served in the military and enjoy the evening. Make sure to wear something patriotic and show your colors. I’d like to get a group picture of all the vets. Thank you for your service!

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

 

Partners in Prevention Spring Newsletter

We are getting ready to celebrate another great year and we’d love for you to join us. Attached is our Spring Newsletter.

PIP Newsletter Spring 2018.pdf

Monday, June 4th, 9-10:30am
IOCP, Shannon Hall

Coffee and bagels will be provided. 🙂

Alison Wobschall, M.A.

Partners in Prevention, Director
Plymouth, Minnesota
(612) 412-8202
alison.wobschall@wayzataschools.org

 

Partners in Prevention is a community coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use. We are nearly all volunteers representing more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. We rely heavily on collaboration to support our efforts to positively impact our community. We are hoping to reduce substance use by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of use and also by promoting the protective factors that minimize the risk of use.

PIP serves the Wayzata School District, consisting of all or parts of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. The district educates over 11,000 students made up of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

Plymouth Station Holiday to host PBYR FUNdraiser on July 24th

Allan has been successful in his lobbying efforts with Plymouth Station Holiday!! They will again host PBYR for a BBQ FUNdraiser on July 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Plymouth Station Holiday
16825 County Road 24
Plymouth, MN 55447

**Please plan to come out for a burger and also to buy a book of  car washes to support PBYR.

**We need to replenish our funds to continue to perform our mission in the BYR network of cities.  Please bring a friend—everyone needs lunch and a clean car!!

These fundraisers are crucial for PBYR to provide assistance and support to Service Members, Vets and their Families!!

Classified state positions with Military Affairs

The MN Department of Military Affairs is excited to announce the opening of three new state employee positions to help  strengthen the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program across the state. Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinators will be located in Mankato, Cottage Grove and Camp Ripley and we need your help in finding the perfect people for these important positions.

Note: The positions will be open until May 18th, please help distribute broadly.  If anyone has any questions, have them contact Annette Kuyper at 651.282.4002 to speak more about the opportunity.

Use this link  Interns and Student Workers / Then hit the “Search for jobs” / Search under “Military Affairs” and you will find the position description and qualifications.

 

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

Military OneSource: Dynamic Group Discussion

 

It is that time again! Another fantastic Dynamic Group Discussion, please pass on to our service/family members.

Topic: Love Can Last

Join us to talk about what helps couples stay together. Learn tips for a healthy, lasting relationship that brings you both contentment and helps you weather any storm. Details and registration is on the attached flier!  Thank you!

Dates: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8-9 p.m. ET & Wednesday, May 16 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET

NOTE that times are in ET

May 2018 DGD_Love_Can_Last.pdf

 

Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
Contractor
michael.meier@militaryonesource.com | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647

Friday Night Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance – May 11

We’re changing things up at the VFW this Mom’s Day weekend. We’re hosting a Dinner & Dance Night this Friday, May 11th. Food from 5:00-8:00 pm (1/2 pound hamburgers with trimmings)! The Band Tailspin will be on stage play playing great country and classic rock from 7:00-11:00 pm. ‘There is a $5.00 cover’. Come for dinner and wear your cowboy boots! Please pass this info along. Thanks!

2018 Camp Gratitude

To those not familiar with Camp Gratitude, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a FREE week-long camping experience for military and veteran families to relax and reconnect while building strength and resilience following deployment.  We do this to honor and thank these families for their service too our Country.  Further information, photos and additional inclusions are available at http://www.campgratitude.org.

In 2018, Camp Gratitude will be operating in two (2) locations.  June 15-22 at The Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St Croix, MN where we will have the honor to host twelve (12) families, and Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville, MN (near Rochester) where we will be hosting 24 families.

Currently we have one (1) opening still available at The Vets Camp location and 12 at the Ironwood Springs location.  If you know of a military family within your community you would like to sponsor, please have them complete an on-line application from our website, www.campgratitude.org.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully,

Bill Hottel | founder
Camp Gratitude

Phone 952.500.1476
Email info@campgratitude.org
Website www.campgratitude.org
Address 11200 West 78th Street | Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Plymouth Memorial Day Event: May 24th

I have attached the Program for the Plymouth Memorial Day Event.  It is scheduled for May 24th at 11 AM.

Please pass the announcement to your networks as we would like a strong turnout. The program represents our strong and healthy community.

The program  will remind us of the costs and sacrifices made for our safety & freedom.  Please consider to attend!!

Plymouth Memorial Day Program 2018.pdf

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

 

Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) Town Hall Round Table

On behalf of the MN National Guard, we are asking for your assistance to pass this invitation on to any SPOUSE and DIRECT family members (above the age of 18) of a Service Member who is CURRENTLY in the MN National Guard.

BHMC Town Hall Invitation.pdf

Thank you for your help, much appreciated.

V/R,

Tiffany Kovaleski

MN State Coordinator – Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC)
Contractor – Alutiiq, LLC
MN National Guard/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
8180 Belden Blvd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(O): (612) 787-2556

Lecture Opportunity – Human Stress Response in Veterans 

Who:  Open to the public
What:  Dr. Stevan Hobfoll (Speaker)
Where:  College of St. Scholastica Science Center Auditorium
When:  May 3rd at 6 pm (time may change slightly)
POC:  Jeff Pearson at Jpearson3@css.edu or 218-723-5944

**Synopsis of lecture:
Dr. Hobfoll will speak regarding the background of human stress response as well as PTS. He will highlight his research and treatment successes of PTS among the veteran population, as well as how combat, experience and social factors affect PTS among US and Isreali Defense Forces veterans.

HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE-APRIL 28TH

HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE—-SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, April 28th. Food from 5-8 with music from 7-10:30. The Arcades are back playing their great classic rock! Last month ‘Anthony’s Sock Hop’ drew 250 people. Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a large party. $5.00 cover charge. Bring some friends and we’ll see you there!

MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Match!

MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Match!

Who: Service members and their families
What: Professional Soccer
Where: Allianz Field, St. Paul MN
When: Saturday May 26 at 7:00 pm

Cost: discounted tickets start at $20

To purchase tickets:

https://ev3.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=PR%3AMNU2%3AMNU18%3AM07%3AMILITARY0526&linkID=ta-mnu2&shopperContext=&caller=PR&appCode=&prc=MILITARY0526&ppc=MILITARY0526

For more info, contact Josh Elvig at josh.e@mnufc.com