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


Fall Family Retreat for Military Families

Fall Family Retreat for Military Families


Looking for a beautiful fall getaway? Ironwood Springs Ranch in Stewartville, MN has a military family retreat. Activities included for all members of the family and time to connect and recharge.

Who: Military Families (currently serving or veteran)

What: Fall Family Retreat

Where: Ironwood Springs Camp, Stewartville, MN

When: Sept 30-Oct 1 and Oct 21-23

How to register: www.ironwoodsprings.com/operationwelcomehome

POC: Laura Weiss
Office Manager Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
(507) 533-4315

All Veterans Career Fair for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families

All Veterans Career Fair for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families

career opportunity

What: A free hiring event for Veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430

How: Register at https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/minneapolis-all-veterans-job-fair-october-13-2016

There will be information on Job Opportunities, Continuing Education Opportunities, Business Ownership Opportunities. Please see attached PDF flyer for more information.

minneapolis expo flyer 1016 pdf

Pain Free Patriots Program

pain-free-patriots-logo_dark-2-150x150Pain Free Patriots Program


What: Grant opportunity for Veterans dealing with chronic pain

Why: Pain Free Patriots changes lives by providing medical grants for elective treatment to help relieve chronic pain for military Veterans.

How: Contact our Veteran Advocate Chris Barber at 952-746-3174 or chris@painfreepatriots.org.

Website: Painfreepatriots.org

For more information on program: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/04/pain-free-patriots/ and see attached PDF flyer.


Minnesota WILD Pre Season ticket offer

wild-ticketsWhat: Minnesota Pre Season Take a Service Member or Veteran to a game event

Where: Tickets will be available at will call on 2 October game day

How: Call the Rosemount FAC at 651-282-4748, please have child’s name, age and number of tickets needed. Requests must be received by close of business on 16 September

The hope is that children who might not otherwise be able to go to a game will get the chance. They will also have several other things going on that night like meeting Nordy, face painting, 1st game certificates and other things.

The Medal of Honor Convention at US Bank Stadium


This event serves as an opportunity for Minnesota to show the Medal of Honor recipients our level of enthusiasm and honor by filling over 1,000 seats of the US Bank Stadium; we invite the public to show their support during this opening once in a lifetime event as we give a Minnesota Nice welcome to our nation’s greatest heroes.

What: The Medal of Honor Convention

Where: US Bank Stadium- 401 Chicago Ave, Mpls MN 55415

When: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Why: This event serves as an opportunity for Minnesota to show the Medal of Honor recipients our level of enthusiasm and honor by filling over 1,000 seats of the US Bank Stadium; we invite the public to show their support during this opening once in a lifetime event as we give a Minnesota Nice welcome to our nation’s greatest heroes.

To register: http://bit.ly/MOHTCWelcome

Contact: Dept. Adjutant – Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chuck Jones Phone: 763-607-0245 | Email: cjmoph1@gmail.com

Please see attached PDF for further information:


PBYR Participated in the MN State Fair!

Yellow Ribbon State Fair Volunteers,

I want to thank you for making the 2016 Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair a success! Beyond the Yellow Ribbon really got the word out and together we made some great connections with those who are soon to be involved with their local networks. I enjoyed meeting/reconnecting with you and appreciate your support at the BTYR Booth. The parade really came together and “set the stage” for the Ceremony.

Attached are a few photos and more are posted at:

As a service member and veteran I truly appreciate everything you are doing to support us!




CELL 612.598.9252




PBYR - Job Opening


Field Service Engineer
Based in Minneapolis, MN


Looking for a strong electronics foundation, good customer skills and prior work experience using your field service background. You will work as a Field Service Engineer repairing, troubleshooting and maintaining medical diagnostic equipment found in hospitals.

Good communication and customer skills a must. Should have demonstrated technical troubleshooting skills and the ability to work independently. This industry leader provides a competitive base salary, excellent training, company car allowance, as well as other benefits.

If you qualify and are interested in more information, Call or e-mail resume to:
Nancy Charney
(Phone) 800-827-9753

Power of One Fun Run – September 11

PBYR - POOFR5KPower of One Fun Run September 11, 2016

Who: Minnesota National Guard members, military families, community members, organizations, and Yellow Ribbon Networks

What: Power of One 5k Fun Run

Where: Ben Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills

When: Sunday, September 11th, Registration begins at 8:00am. Opening ceremony kicks off at 9:00am

Why: To increase suicide awareness and build mental wellness. You can be the ONE person that saves a life.

1) Go to http://www.eventbrite.com
2) Search for: “2nd Annual Power of One Fun Run”
3) Select the run for September 11th, 2016
4) Click register to fill out the registration for the event!

For Questions call 651-282-4232


Power of One Fun Run

Family Assistance Center Position Open in Rosemount

help-wantedFamily Assistance Center Specialist job opportunity. This is a Full-Time civilian contracted position located in Rosemount, Minnesota.

JOB TITLE: Family Assist Center Specialists (FAC)

EMPLOYER: Human Resources Consulting INC. (HRCI)

OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday 9 August 2016- Monday 22 August 2016


VACANCY LOCATION: Rosemount, MN, this location is subject to move to another metro location.

Point of contact for this position is: Mrs. Nancy Launderville at nancy.l.launderville.ctr@mail.mil or 651-282-4209

Questions concerning other recruitment and outreach matters in reference to this position please direct them to: Mrs. Nancy Launderville at nancy.l.launderville.ctr@mail.mil or 651-282-4209.

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

Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

 mn-state-fairMilitary Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair falls on August 30 this year. The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 25 through Labor Day (September 5) and on Tuesday, August 30, active military, retired military and veterans can purchase discounted admission ticket prices when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present valid documentation of military service.

MN State Fair map

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your service and efforts have made a huge difference in the life of Sam and Mardelle. Sam is settling in to his new apartment and receiving the care that will make a huge difference in his quality of life. Mardelle is adjusting at home and preparing to get their house on the market. This couple has been in need (in many ways) for a very long time and your assistance has helped to meet a portion of that need in a GREAT way. On behalf of this family, thank you!


Lori Schultz | Community Relations Counselor
6288 Louisiana Court North

Brooklyn Park MN 55428
Main: 763-537-3382 Direct Dial Cell: 612-868-7816

PBYR - The Waterford


Sesame Street Project – Recruiting Military Families

PBYR - Sesame StreetGreetings! We are conducting an evaluation of a new Sesame Workshop program designed to support military families who are transitioning into the civilian world. As you know, this is often a stressful time marked by many life changes, and Sesame is hopeful this new program can provide much-needed support.

We are seeking your help in letting families know about this resource and our evaluation. Please share this information and attached/enclosed flyer with your colleagues and military families. If you’re affiliated with other groups of military families or professionals, we’d be grateful if you’d share this information with them as well.

Sesame Street Project Recruitment Flyer

Sesame Project Invitation Letter

Eligible participants include families:

● Where one or both parents currently serve in the Active Duty military and are within 18 months of separation, or families with a Veteran who has separated from the military within the last 18 months.

● Who have at least one child age 3–7
The entire 6-week program is offered online, so families can participate at their convenience. Families are sent emails containing videos and worksheets that provide parents and children with tools to cope with major life changes. We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of the program. Participants will complete online, anonymous questionnaires before and after completing the program, and they will be compensated for their time and effort.

Interested participants can get more information and sign up for the study by visiting: https://umn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5ziU26bbLXNoy33

or by contacting our project coordinator, Dr. Jill Bowers, at sesame@umn.edu . Additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Bowers.

Thanks for your help in enhancing the supports for military families!


Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D. LP and Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D. LP

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health


Jill Bowers, PhD, CFLE

Project Coordinator

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Heroes on the Water Kayaking and Fishing – August 13

PBYR - kayak-fishing2Who: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (IVAV) and Heroes on the Water (HOW) Kayaking and Fishing

What: IAVA and HOW are sponsoring a kayaking and fishing event on August 13, 2016 at Fish Lake Regional Park in Maple Grove. Included is the link to the event as well as the link to both organizations home page.

When: August 13, 2016 – must register by August 8

Where: Fish Lake Regional Park in Maple Grove

How: links below are for the event as well as the link to both organizations home page

Event: https://cov.force.com/iava/cov_event?id=a5PC00000008P3C

IVAV Link: http://iava.org/

HOW Link: http://heroesonthewater.org/

PBYR Successfully Assisted Veteran with Severe Health Issues

PBYR 0143On July 30, 2016 PBYR assisted an 86 year old Veteran (Retired Navy Commander) move to assisted living. His family was very appreciative of PBYR’s efforts. This assistance will greatly improve the quality of life for the Vet and his wife.

Kudos to Hans, Justin, Jennifer, Liam, Jacob, and Allan for their volunteer efforts with this project.

The temperature on Saturday was warm, the items big, and the donated truck and trailer was full!! Thanks for all the help and muscle!!!!!

PBYR partners with Home Depot for Military Appreciation Day event

PBYR - Home Depot logoOn Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kersten & I participated at the Military Appreciation Day Event at Home Depot. Kersten’s efforts were again greatly appreciated, especially as the sky was very dark with an impending thunderstorm when we arrived!!!

We raised $39 but more importantly we were able to thank many veterans for their service, alert them about www.PBYR.org and demonstrate partnering support with Home Depot. Sue was very nice and helped with our booth, chairs and related event details and these efforts were appreciated. The Veterans we talked with said they really enjoy Home Depot’s efforts with Military Appreciation Day and many come to this year after year.

PBYR always enjoys partnering with Home Depot—a very good business community neighbor!! The pictures from this event will be placed on PBYR.org when they arrive from Home Depot.

Oh! Don’t forget the 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.

Have a beautiful day!!


Minnesota Vikings Camp Day for Military-Connected Kids


WHO: Military-Connected Kids Grades 3rd-8th
WHAT: 24 slots left for the camp!! United Heroes League has an opportunity to invite 50 kids (grades 3rd-8th) to come out and be put through various football, soccer and agility drills. EJ Henderson will divide the kids up by age/size and we will rotate them through.

Ex-Viking E.J. Henderson

Ex-Viking E.J. Henderson

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10th from 2:30-4 p.m.
WHERE: Winter Park field house
WHY: 8 stations 4 football and 4 soccer
HOW: Submit to POC (via email) for confirmation: kids names, age, and shirt size (Youth Medium – Adult XL), as well as service member parents name/email. Parents will receive more information closer to camp if they need to bring anything (like a water bottle) and if they will be required to fill out a waiver (likely).

UPDATE: The email address to reply to is : hollyo@defendingtheblueline.org

Registration can also be taken over the phone at the number listed below.

Shane Hudella
1SG (Ret.), ARNG
President, Founder
United Heroes League
15211 Ravenna Trail
Hastings, MN 55033

MNNG Power of One Fun Run for suicide awareness

PBYR - POOFR5KThe first of the two 2nd annual Power of One Fun Run is coming up in just 3 short weeks at Camp Ripley. This event is FREE to all. Registration for the fun run is in EventBrite (see flyer). The info on the attached PDF flyer is for both the Camp Ripley run on the 6th of August and the Arden Hills run on the 11th of September.

This year the runs have been supported by the TSU up at Camp Ripley and the 834th in Arden Hills with Soldiers, so no more volunteers are needed at this time. We are hoping for a much bigger crowd this year than the 700 we had last year! I can’t wait to see you there. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Who: MNNG Service members, family members, community members, and YR communities
What: Participate at the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness Fun Run. All members of the military, all family members, community members and YR communities are invited to participate as a runner or walker, have a provider/resource table, or support the run (i.e. volunteers, water, t-shirts, etc). Participants will receive survival kits and items to place in the survival kit along the route to help them when they need some hope.
Where: Camp Ripley in Little Falls, MN and Arden Hills Army Training Site in Arden Hills, MN
When: Camp Ripley August 6th, 2016 and Arden Hills September 11th, 2016
Why: To increase suicide awareness and build mental wellness. You can be the one person that saves a life. The events will also provide education surrounding suicide prevention to leaders, service members, families, and community members in order to provide a unified message.


SFC Jen Chaffee
Cottage Grove, MN
Office: 651-282-4232
24/7 Suicide Talk 1-800-273-8255

H&R Block Scholorship’s for Spouses and Wounded Warriors

H&R Block logoH&R Block, is offering scholarships for military spouses and Wounded Warriors to take the free income tax course. Registration is July through September, and classes beginning in September. Use coupon code C5A2B7. Please see the PDF’s below and for more information follow the link below or call the number:

www.hrblock.com/class or call 1-800-HRBLOCK (800-472-5625)

HRBlock Scholarship Flyer

HRBlock Information

Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

Who: Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

What: RAD’S are a great source for the latest information for retirees and Family members in your area. Pre registration is required. Registration fee is 16.00 per person which will include a morning snack and lunch. Registration closes on August 8, 2016.

Where: Rosemount National Guard Armory & Community Center 13885 S Roberts Trail Rosemount, MN 55068

When: August 19, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm

Please find registration form in the PDF listed below.

Questions? Please call 507-961-1177