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 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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PRINCE – Live on the big screen!  

PRINCE – Live on the big screen!
Presented by Paisley Park

Who:  Service Members, Veterans, and their families
What:  Buy one get one free ticket offer
Where:  Target Center, Minneapolis
When:  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm – Changed to April 20, 2018
Why:  To celebrate Prince’s legendary career!
How:  BOGO DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!  Go to:  http://bit.ly/2018princebogo

Ironwood Spring Ranch – Family/Couples retreat opportunities

Who:  Service Members, Veterans, and their families
What:  “Operation Welcome Home” is a series of retreats hosted by Ironwood Springs free of charge
Where:  Miracle Lodge Retreat and Conference Center at Ironwood Springs, Stewartville, MN
When:  Various dates, see below
Why:  To strengthen marriages, develop strong family connections, and have fun!
How:  To register, go to their website, http://ironwoodsprings.com/operationwelcomehome
POC:  Tracy Bashore at:  tracy@ironwoodsprings.com, or (507)533-4315

Upcoming Dates:
April 20-22 – Military Marriage Retreat
July 20-27 – Camp Gratitude Family Camp week
October 19-21 – Fall Family Retreat

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class – May 11th

Attached is a flyer for a Youth Mental Health First Aid class that we are offering on May 11th at the North Memorial Health Specialty Center located at 3435 West Broadway Ave in Robbinsdale. This class is free, but space is limited – register early!  To register for this class, please visit northmemorial.com/events.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Flyer FINAL_May 11

Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Health are partnering with
the Minnesota Department of Health to offer this Youth Mental Health
First Aid class in our community.


April FAC Newsletter

Happy Spring! Please see attached the April edition of the FAC Newsletter. This month we focus on Month of the Military Child. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you in any way. There are some very useful and fun links in this newsletter that you and your child may enjoy.

2018 April FAC Newsletter

Have a wonderful day!


Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
Skyline Contractor
MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055

YMCA presents “A Run For Everyone” Minneapolis Fun Run

YMCA presents “A Run For Everyone” Minneapolis Fun Run


Family running together at the park.

Who:  Everyone!
What:  Family-friendly fun run
Where:  Bde Maka Ska (Formerly Lake Calhoun), Minneapolis, MN
When:  Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Register now at: https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/15104

**Volunteer opportunities are available if you are looking for volunteer time or something to do while family and friends run.  Register to help at:  http://signup.com/go/eLxuhsJ 


Please help promote Crisis Text Line!



As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Now we need your help in getting the word out!

Free Books


The Ridgedale YMCA just finished its annual media drive to help support our scholarship program. We always end up with extra boxes of media and would like to offer these to our community partners. We have about 70 boxes left of media items which include: vhs, dvd’s, cd’s, Books (teen, fiction, non-fiction and more). Please email Kit Swanson atkit.swanson@ymcamn.org if you would be able to use some of these at your sites or in your programs. These are free and available for pick up almost any time during the Y’s open hours.


Kit Swanson
Camp Christmas Tree Director &
Outreach Director of Ridgedale YMCA


DAV Donor Connect – April 2, 2018


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

I have seen a recent increase in the need for lift recliners. I have updated the needed items portion of the Donor Connect List as there are a number of pending lift recliners needed.

I was also speaking with the DAV Chapter in Hutchinson who stated they are assisting with supplying the Minnesota Honor Flight riders with manual wheelchairs. The flight is coming up very soon (this coming Saturday April 7th, 2018). Please reach out to Van Karg at 612-791-5143 if you have manual wheelchairs you would like to donate to the cause.

Donor Connect 4.3.18.pdf

If you know of someone who may benefit from the information in the list please feel free to share it with them or share my information.


Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)

Six Boys and 13 Hands

Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed toward the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’    Continue reading

March FAC Newsletter

Deployment Support

This month’s focus in the March FAC Newsletter is on deployment as we have units that have left, are leaving, and are preparing to leave. Please distribute as you deem appropriate, and if you have any questions or if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2018 FAC Newsletter- March.pdf

Have a wonderful day.


Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
Skyline Contractor
MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055