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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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Lake trails Camping Events

Lake trails is an amazing and unique camping experience. Teens will be pushed to their limits and learn they can do things they didn’t think they could. Lake trails offers a military scholarship of $170. See their website for more details.

Who: Military Teens ages 13-18 (All Branches)
What: Lake trails Camp: Experience a 9 day Outdoor Adventure at Lake of the Woods. Campers will have an experience of a lifetime and will canoe, cook their own food, portage and set-up camp.
When: This summer! Check the website for open sessions.
Where: Lake of the Woods, Oak Island, MN (Transportation is available)
Register: http://laketrails.org/info/#camp-rates-and-schedule
POC: Sue Lemm,

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Military Appreciation night for the St. Paul Saints – FREE tickets

Please see attached for more information for FREE St. Paul Saints games for military members and their families.

What: Free Saints games against the Kansas City TBones

When: SUNDAY, MAY 28TH 3:30PM- GATES OPEN 5:05PM- FIRST PITCH

Where: CHS Field

7-05-28-usaa-military-appreciation-saints.pdf

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS CALL 651-644-6659

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Do you know a Champion for Change?

Do you know a Champion for Change?

Do you know a young person between the ages of 10 and 18 who’s been a champion for positive mental health in their school or community? We want to celebrate their awesome commitment to mental heath by inviting them to submit their story for our second annual Champion for Change Award.

To submit an entry they will need to record a video detailing how they have been a champion for those with mental health needs and submit it along with the online entry form.

Deadline: All entry materials (video, entry form, consent form) must be submitted by September 25, 2017 and winners will be notified by email no later than September 29, 2017.

Up to three videos will be selected and the award recipients will be celebrated and their videos shown at MACMH’s Silent Auction and Award Gala on Friday, November 10 at the Edinburgh Golf Course in Brooklyn Park.

 Contest Rules                Video Content Guide

Winners will receive a Commendation from Governor Mark Dayton and a $100 gift card!

Check out videos from last year’s award recipients!

Questions? Email or call us at 651-644-7333

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Variety of Military discounts just waiting for you

Below are some military specials and discounts offered for theme parks, national parks, and attractions. When making hotel arrangements, always request a military discount as MANY hotels do offer them. I do also update our MN Family Assistance Facebook page regularly with discounts and area specials. If you are on Facebook you can find us under: Military Family Assistance Centers of Minnesota https://www.facebook.com/mn.militaryfamilyassistancecenters/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

For those having Family Days, Unit events, or BTYR Events: I still have Girl Scout cookies, kids games puzzles and toys, and can request coffee. Please let me know if you can use any of these items, this will be first come first served. Please call to make pick up arrangements.

MN Hunting/Fishing discounts for military members:
http://dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/military/print.html

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through Military.com:
http://www.military.com/discounts/travel

Free National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes for Active Duty Military Members and their Families:
https://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html

For those Home Projects: Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/lowes-expands-changes-its-military-discount-program

Minnesota Correctional Career Opportunities Career Fair

WHO: Military, Veterans and their Family

WHAT: MN Department of Corrections On Site Career Fair

WHEN: June 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 7525 4th Ave, Lino Lakes, MN 55014

Explore exciting careers with the MN Department of Corrections. For questions prior to the event please contact Sarah Koivisto 651-717-6175 sarah.koivisto@state.mn.us

Please see attached for more information:

MN Dept of Corrections Career Fair Flier 2017

Hamel VFW celebrating Armed Forces Day May 20

ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

We’re throwing an Armed Forces Day “steak fry and dance” on Saturday, May 20th at The Hamel VFW. Our theme that night is a patriotic one so show your colors!

There will be multiple drawings throughout the night for some terrific prizes. The “grand prize” is a $750.00 Limo Bus Night. The bus holds 20 people. Remember, I’ve always dreamed about riding on a party bus my whole life if you win. 😊 There will be drink specials along with a great steak dinner!! The Fabulous Del Counts are playing great classic rock that you can dance to on our full ballroom floor. Stop in for dinner and dance afterwards. We don’t dance enough anymore. Please pass the word….

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

Don’t forget to check-out our new Calendar of Events page.

Joining Community Forces-MN Conference Series

You are cordially invited to save the date for the 2017 Joining Community Forces-MN Conference Series. JCF-MN Conferences unite Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers, service providers, and community leaders for the purpose of sharing best practices, building relationships, and providing updates on military support initiatives. Mark your calendar and share this opportunity with your colleagues and committee members. Registration is now open! For additional information please see the PDF below.

2017 JCF-MNConference_Registration_FALL2017.pdf

Teen Summit 2017

Sign your teens up today for a great experience and connecting with other military teens. Learn how to manage the Rough Waters of life and lean on others who understand military culture.

Who: 40 MN National Guard Teens (other branches will be added to the waiting list)

What: 7th Annual MN Military Teen Summit. Teens will participate in workshops, teambuilding and leadership activities. There will be a national speaker, service project, and more! Please see flyer for details.

When: 16-18 June 17

Where: Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, MN

How: www.jointservicessupport.org/events

POC: Laura Groeneweg
MN National Guard
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8695
M: 651.242.6938
Laura.L.Groeneweg.ctr@mail.mil

Free Durable Medical Equipment is Available!!

Free Durable Medical Equipment is Available!!

PBYR will help highlight the availability of donated durable medical equipment, e.g., wheel chairs, walkers etc on the PBYR website. There is no charge if people need to use this equipment. The Heinzen-Ditter VFW has stored durable medical equipment as a result of their work with the Gerry Dykoff Loan Shelf program (telephone 612 865-0247). Jim Heimerl at the VFW can also be contacted at (763) 478-2077. This equipment will certainly assist service members, veterans and their families when need arises. PBYR thanks Heinzen-Ditter and the Gerry Dykoff Loan Shelf program for these thoughtful and helpful efforts!!

John is my heart

Please see an article forwarded by Jim Heimerl , VFW Commander that reminds us about the responsibilities and costs of freedom. This reminder further reinforces our mission with Vets, Service Members and their families.

Gary – PBYR

John Is My Heart

This is a well-written article about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad. See below. A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society.

By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post

“Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry.

In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.

It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University. John’s enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, “So where is John going to college?” from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military.

“But aren’t the Marines terribly Southern?” (Says a lot about open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. “What a waste, he was such a good student,” said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should “carefully evaluate what went wrong.”

When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip.

We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles’ names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John’s private school a half-year before.

After graduation one new Marine told John, “Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would’ve probably killed you just because you were standing there.” This was a serious statement from one of John’s good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, “would die for me now, just like I’d die for him.”

My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.

Why were I and the other parents at my son’s private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?

Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm’s way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?

I feel shame because it took my son’s joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future “greatest generation.” As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer.

John is my heart.

Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.”

Oh, how I wish so many of our younger generations could read this article. It makes me so sad to hear the way they talk with no respect for what their fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers experienced so they can live in freedom. Freedom has been replaced with Free-Dumb. Please pass this on . . .

 

 

Armed Forces Day Steak Fry & Dance

ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

We’re throwing an Armed Forces Day “steak fry and dance” on Saturday, May 20th at The Hamel VFW. Our theme that night is a patriotic one so show your colors!

There will be multiple drawings throughout the night for some terrific prizes. The “grand prize” is a $750.00 Limo Bus Night. The bus holds 20 people. Remember, I’ve always dreamed about riding on a party bus my whole life if you win. 😊 There will be drink specials along with a great steak dinner!! The Fabulous Del Counts are playing great classic rock that you can dance to on our full ballroom floor. Stop in for dinner and dance afterwards. We don’t dance enough anymore. Please pass the word….

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

Don’t forget to check-out our new Calendar of Events page.

Minneapolis MACV FREE Legal Clinic – May 9

Subject: Minneapolis MACV Legal Clinic

Who: The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is hosting a free Legal clinic for Veterans

What: Free legal clinic for Veterans

When: May 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Where: Minneapolis VA Medical Center Flag Atrium Balcony Room 2S 114 (ask information desk for directions)
1 Veterans Drive | Minneapolis, MN |

FREE Parking at the VA Medical Center

For more information contact: Vetlaw Program – MACV | 651-200-4750

macv-mpls-legal-clinic.pdf

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Minneapolis Service Platoon Leader Position Available – The Mission Continues

Subject: Minneapolis Service Platoon Leader Position Available – The Mission Continues

Twin Cities Veterans!

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, and lead a team of volunteers through a series of projects and opportunities – then we encourage you to join us at THE MISSION CONTINUES!

This is your opportunity to report for duty in your community as a leader! The Mission Continues has an immediate need to select a new Platoon Leader for the Minneapolis Service Platoon that is serving North Minneapolis (see attached Operation North Advance description). The candidate who is selected would be required to attend Charlie Class 2017 Orientation in Boston, July 14-16, 2017; flight, room and board are covered! Your role as Platoon Leader would officially start after completing your training at Charlie Class.

Mission Continues Service Platoon Leaders are at the forefront of a movement of veterans continuing their service in their home communities. Service Platoon Leaders are responsible for organizing a Platoon, recruiting members, planning missions or service projects, and upholding The Mission Continues core values at all times. They’ll work directly with The Mission Continues staff to achieve these goals.

For more information and to apply to serve as a volunteer Platoon Leader, CLICK HERE:https://www.missioncontinues.org/service-platoons/lead/

Applications are due no later than MAY 15, 2017 – so apply today! IF you have applied to be a Platoon Leader in the past 6-months, then I ask instead of re-submitting an online application, notify me directly at lfreeman@missioncontinues.org  of your interest to apply.

To see how you can get involved in your Community: Charlie Mike

Platoons One Pager Minneapolis.pdf

In Service,

  • Lee Freeman
  • City Impact Manager
  • The Mission Continues | 1400 Van Buren St. NE Ste 200 | Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • M: 612-202-7958
  • www.missioncontinues.org
  • Facebook | Twitter | Donate | CFC #46324

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Veteran Business Workshop

Great Veterans Business Opportunities

 

WHAT: Veteran Business Workshop
WHO: Veterans and Spouses
WHEN: May 20, 2017 8:00am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Mpls VA Medical Center 1 Veteran Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
WHY: Opportunity to Learn from Experts and Successful Veteran Business Owners
HOW: Registration $10 includes continental breakfast, lunch plus an Einstein
Bagels Gift Card (combined up to $17 value). Space is limited to the first 150 registrants, so register now at http://bit.ly/VeteransInBusiness or call (651) 632-8937. Please see the attached document for additional information.

Vet Start Business – Build Business Event may 20

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Women Veterans Gala

Chapter 28 MN Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Olmsted County Veterans Services invites Women Veterans of Southern Minnesota to celebrate, laugh, learn, and enjoy the company of other Women Veterans! See PDF below for additional info.

First 100 Women Veteran registrants get a free T-shirt. Please include your shirt size with RSVP.

Allison Gill

Date: Thursday, May 18,  2017

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.: Happy hour, appetizers, mingling
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7 – 9 p.m.: Guest Speakers including Allison Gill

17-05-18-rochester-dav-women-veterans-gala_tcm1066-289967.PDF

Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache
1517 16th ST  SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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April’s FAC BTYR Newsletter

Attached please find the newsletter for April. I hope these have some value. Thank you again to Buffalo BTYR for sending me your bio! Please let me know if you have questions that you would like addressed, suggestions you would like to offer, or information you want to share.

Arden Hills April Newletter-BYR.pdf

Arden Hills FAC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon News archives

Thank you for all you do for Our military and their families!

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
SKYLINE ULTD, Contractor

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

Military Appreciation Grouse Dog

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society Service Appreciation Grouse Dog

WHAT: An opportunity for young military family member to be awarded a free puppy
WHO: Military children ages (10 -17 yrs.) With parents’ approval
WHEN: Complete application must be received by July 31, 2017
WHERE: The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society
WHY: This is an opportunity that will bring smile on the face of the winners from a qualified participating military families
HOW: Please see the attached document for more details, and email your application to bpettitj@gmail.com . You can also mail complete application to the attention of Bill Pettit at 7313 Amberwood Lane Savage, MN 55378.

Winning applicant will be awarded at Twin Cities RGS annual banquet on August 23, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center Minnesota.

MILPuppy Military Apprecation Form 2017.pdf

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