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


Mental Health Conference – April 27-28

Dear Yellow Ribbon Networks, please invite your community partners in the mental health/medical field especially to attend our upcoming Military Mental Health Conference on April 27-28. They can either sign up on Facebook and be kept informed about registration instructions or I will send out when available.

Or, if your committee would like to learn more about what is happening in the state in regards to mental health, please send representation to attend. Please see the attached PDF for some initial information.


Thank you for your support!

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



The Fabulous Del Counts will be back at the Hamel VFW on Saturday, March 4th. In January they played to a large crowd. Folks loved our full ballroom floor. The Del Counts threw in some country and polkas along with great classic Rock & Roll to liven things up. If you missed it you missed a darn fun time. So join us in March for another great evening of dancing. We’re putting the fun back in Hamel!

Hamel March 4.pdf

Teen Resiliency workshop

Teen Resiliency:

An Integrative Skills-Based Model to Help Teens Develop Self Awareness & Enhance Well-Being


The Teen Resiliency Program is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance social, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, this model integrates principles from Holistic Psychiatry, Integrative Nutrition, Yoga-Based Movement and Mindfulness Meditation. Participants in this workshop will be guided through the Resiliency Model while analyzing its neuroscientific foundation.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, LGSW, E-RYT-200, President and Owner – 1000 Petals LLC & Kevin Harrington, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Private Practice

Friday, February 24
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mounds View Community Center
5394 Edgewood Drive
Mounds View, MN 55112
Level: Basic | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content
3 CEHs | $89



MACMH 2017
Winter Training Series

teen-2Now – March 2, 2017

Mounds View * Andover * Minneapolis

Don’t miss our group discount!

Groups of 5+ from the same agency or organization receive 10% off their registration.



Meditating girlThe Power and Promise in the Use of Guided Imagery

February 17 | Minneapolis, MN

Considered an alternative therapy for years, this session will explore guided imagery’s growing acceptance in the medical and scientific world-including research showing that practicing guided imagery can create…

Learn More | Register



Teen Resiliency: An Integrative Skills-Based Model

February 24 | Mounds View, MN

The Teen Resiliency Program is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance social, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being…

Learn More | Register


teen-5The Emergence and Management of Psychopathic Behavior in Youth

March 2 | Andover, MN

Research and clinical experience has identified a cluster of serious behaviors termed “callous-unemotional traits” in children. These youth may follow a developmental pathway to antisocial behavior…

Learn More| Register


teen-6Mindfully Parenting Your Spirited Child – Special workshop for parents and caregivers!

March 6 | St. Paul, MN

This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the neuroscience and practical applications of mindful parenting based on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel…

Learn More | Register


Did you know?

Proceeds from these events fund our
community and parent support programs!

Thank you for making this possible!

Family Zoo Overnight


Monk seal

Who: MN Army National Guard Families with Children ages 5-18. We have enough space for up to families of 5. Other families will be put on a wait list.

What: Family Zoo Overnight

When: March 31-April 1, 2017 6:30 p.m.-9:00 a.m.

Where: MN Zoo, Discovery Bay, Apple Valley, MN

How: Register: (www.jointservicessupport.org/Info/45B329) Fee: Kid are no cost. Adults need to pay $47

About: Families will enjoy learning about the new Hawaiian monk seals and sleep next to the watery world of sharks in Discovery Bay. All overnights include behind the scenes tours, a light snack, light breakfast, an Animals After Dark t-shirt, and admission to the zoo the next day.

2017-March FOVN.pdf


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

Free Tax Services from Military OneSource

Now that tax season is in full swing…please pass along the information below about our tax services to service/family members. Veterans are eligible to use Military OneSource services as long as they are within the 180 day window of their service date (example: A service member separated or retired 5 Oct 16 and file before 3 Apr 17, it is within the 180 day window thus are eligible).

Free Tax Services from Military OneSource


Service members and military families — here’s a benefit that helps you master your taxes. Free, easy-to-use MilTax software and support services can make quick work of tax time. No need to pay for outside tax assistance or risk missing specific military tax breaks. MilTax is made for military life, so you get more, including:

Tax preparation and filing software

Use our MilTax software to prepare and file your taxes online. This free software is tailored to military life — addressing scenarios including multiple moves, deployments and more. You can work anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Plus, calculations have a 100 percent accuracy guarantee.

Specialized phone support

Get Free Tax Software

Get started using free MilTax software to prepare and file your taxes online.

You can talk with a trained MilTax consultant free during tax season (January through April 18) seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST or EDT at 800-342-9647. After April 18, trained tax consultants are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. Call anytime to schedule an appointment.

In-person tax assistance

Talk to a Tax Consultant

Call 800-342-9647 to speak with a Military OneSource tax consultant — remember these consultations are free.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free in-person tax preparation and assistance at locations on and off base worldwide. Self-file using MilTax software at a kiosk where available. Work with a trained tax professional on site. Or, arrange to drop off your paperwork and come back to e-file when your return is ready.

Helpful articles and online resources

In our Taxes section, you’ll find articles with valuable information on how to file your tax return, such as “Tax Filing Made Simple” and “Filing Taxes When a Service Member is Deployed.” You can learn how new tax laws might affect you. And you can connect with Military OneSource financial counselors to make the most of your money.

MilTax serves those who serve. As a military member, you and your family are eligible for these exclusive resources. Make quick work of tax time with all the MilTax tools and services you’ve earned.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • michael.meier@militaryonesource.com

Home Depot and Lowe’s Offer Military Discounts

I received an email on another discount that is offered to military members from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Please read below as to the details for receiving 10% off your purchases. Some exclusions also apply. While I was verifying the requirements, I also came across a site on the Home Depot page that lists some of the wonderful things they have done for our military members and families.

What: Home Depot/Lowe’s Military Discounts

PBYR - Home Depot logo**Home Depot Military/Veteran Discount Policy

They offer a 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID, every day of the week.

All other military veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day.

lowes_logo_pms_280**Lowe’s Military/Veteran Discount Policy

They offer an all day, every day 10 percent discount to all military personnel who are active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card.

All other military veterans will receive the discount on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day weekends.

But please remember when asking about the discount, if the employee does not understand, do not make a big deal out of it. Ask to speak with the manager, and have your ID with you. And it must be a valid Government issued ID. It seems sometimes the employees get confused as to which policy a person falls under, which is understandable if they never served. So please be patient and courteous when asking about the discount.

Remember if you are a Veteran, but not Active, Reserve, Retired or disabled Veteran you are only authorized the discount on the above stated Holidays.

If you Are Active, Reserve, Retired, or a Disabled Veteran with a valid ID you can get the discount any day of the week.

To read some great things that Home Depot has done for our military members:


  • Yolonda Von Itter
  • Military Family Assistance Specialist
  • HRCI Contractor


Veteran’s Business Exploration Seminar



The attached PDF flyer is an advertisement for an upcoming Veteran’s Business Exploration seminar. Thanks for helping us get the word out.

Veterans and their spouses are invited to hear from small business owners and professional experts who will share perspectives during four key panels and
break-out sessions.

The date is March 11, 2017

The place is the VA Medical Center

The time is 8:00am-2:00pm

Breakfast is provided

Veteran’s and their spouses are welcome

Thanks again.

Vets-March 11th-Work shops va.PDF


Operation Valentine

valentineWHO: Military service members and their families
WHAT: Operation Valentine
WHEN: Saturday February 19, 2017
WHERE: Best Western Chelsea Inn and Suites, 89 Chelsea Rd., Monticello, MN 55362 From 3:00-7:00PM
WHY: Join the 11th Annual Celebration of Operation Valentine at Best Western Chelsea Inn and Suites
HOW: Please RSVP by calling Best Western at (763)-271-8880, by February 13, 2017.

Please see the attached flier for detail information about discounts and other interesting offers that are available.

Operation Valentine 2017 invite.pdf

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Top Senior Housing Companies Hiring Nationwide—New Jobs Available



Account Executive/Client Service Director
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Woodbridge, Virginia

Chief Financial Officer
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Kalispell, Montana

Director of Health and Wellness-Saunders House
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Ocoee, Florida

Healthcare Adminstrator
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Assisted Living Director
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Visit the SHN Job Board for a complete list of opportunities


Complimentary Ice Fishing Program For Kids and Vets!!

ice_fishing_logo_0WHO: Kids and Military Veterans

WHAT: Free Ice Fishing Events!

WHEN/WHERE: There are multiple events! Take a look at the events below and see the attachments for more details.

1- Camp Tanadoona on Lake Minnewashta: Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th 2017, 2017; from 8am – 6pm
2- Lake Harriet in MPLS: Sunday, February 26th from 8am – 6pm
3- Medicine Lake: Saturday February 4th from 1pm – 4pm
4- White Bear Lake: Saturday February 11th from 1pm – 4pm

WHY: This is an opportunity to participate in a free complimentary ice fishing event while experiencing quality time with your children.

HOW: To register see the attachments included on this email which correspond to the event you are interested in.

ABOUT: Most events will have heated, portable ice houses that participants can fish out of. All of the holes will be drilled, houses set up, and bait/gear provided for. All you have to do is show up and catch some fish! **All participants must sign a waiver before participating, and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult**

BFF Flyer.pdf






Child Youth and School Support Position Vacancy – Cottage Grove

job_vacancy-550x415Below and attached is a Child Youth and School Support (CYSS) job opportunity. This is a Full-Time civilian contracted position and we are looking for widest dissemination. Please share the attached information with Soldiers, Airmen and civilians.

JOB TITLE: Child and Youth Program Coordinator (CYPC)

EMPLOYER: Cognitive Professional Services

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday 25 January 2017- Wednesday 8 February 2017



APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit resume via email recruiting@cog-ps.com

Point of contact for this position is: Ms Mary Orr at Mary.Orr@cog-ps.com or 703-562-0553

Child Youth & School Support.2-8-2017.pdf

Maple Grove BTYR Steak Fry – February 26

steak-fryNeed a night out for a good cause? Please see below and attached for the Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s Steak Fry night.

What: Steak Fry Fundraiser

When: Sunday, Feb. 26th 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:30pm

Where: Osseo/Maple Grove Legion * 260 4th Ave SE, Osseo MN

$10.00 for Steak, Walleye or Shrimp
$2 extra for Combo plates. Available at the door.




Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried Adapted for the stage by Jim Stowell

Based on the quintessential book about the Vietnam experience, Pearce Bunting (Radio Man) plays Tim O’Brien, whose personal journey took him from Macalester College to the jungles of Vietnam and back. The Things They Carried is a powerful, clever, and provocative story of loss and redemption.

Performances are 80 minutes with post-show Q&A.
*Offer subject to availability. Book today!


What: Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried Production

When: February 14-February 23, 2017

Where: 30 East 10th Street St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

How: SPECIAL $5 TICKETS! Call Craig, Group Sales, at 651-292-4320 for details


Free Drop-in Clinics Minneapolis/Anoka


Below please find the information for upcoming Veteran Drop-in Legal Clinics in the Metro area:

What: MAC V Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 9am  until 2pm

Where: 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)

2017-02-07macv free legal clinic for veterans minneapolis.pdf


What: MAC V Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

When: March 2, 2017 from 9am until 3pm

Where: Anoka County Government Center 2100 3rd Avenue – Room 237, Anoka, MN 55303

2017-03-02-macv free legal clinic anoka.pdf

Wild Turkey Hunt for Youth April 22-23, 2017

Free Wild Turkey Hunt for Youth


Who: All military youth ages 11-18, who have a family member in the military currently serving or recently (within 2 years) retired.

When: April 22-23, 2017

Where: locations TBD

About: Free ($100 value) Wild Turkey Hunt for military youth is hosted by Child and Youth Services of the MN Army National Guard with sponsorship from MN Department of Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation. Volunteers will be on staff to insure a safe and exciting hunt for our youth. Wear warm weather gear (i.e. boots, gloves, jacket, etc.) Hunting supplies will be provided, however please bring a hunting gun if you have one. Firearms Safety is required prior to participating in this hunt.

Information: MN DNR Registration is open!! http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/turkeyhunt/index.html

FAC position open in Rosemount


Job OpeningAttached is an announcement to fill a Family Assistance Center Position. There is a short deadline to apply and please note that while it will start in Rosemount, it has the potential to move to the Bloomington Armory. For more detailed information please see the PDF below. Let’s help gather some great candidates! Deadline to apply is 05 February 2017.

Specialist position advertisement-Rosemount MN.pdf