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


Twin Cities Honor Flight – Sept 30

We will soon have another Twin Cities Honor Flight. Honor flights help World War II Veterans and now Korean War Veterans have a day in Washington D.C. at no cost. Help welcome them home when they arrive back in MN. This fall  flight is expected to have 42 World War II Veterans and over 30 Korean War Veterans, come out and show your support!

WHEN:    Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Arrive at Terminal 2 Baggage Area by 10PM. Flight typically arrives about 10:20-10:30PM.

WHERE:  Terminal 2 (previously called the Humphrey Terminal) Minneapolis Airport, 7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, 55450

Meet in Baggage Area, No need to RSVP, just show up! Bring signs and lots of cheers!

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

PBYR at work

In June 2017,  PBYR assisted a Milwaukee family of a service member that is scheduled to come to Minnesota in July for specialized surgery.  PBYR provided $200 of gas and food gift cards as the family will need to remain in Minnesota for extensive follow-up medical care after the  specialty surgery. We wish the family well and hope the child recovers quickly!

Thank You


CAPSH is now renamed to CAP-HC.  They are expanding from suburban Hennepin County to include all Hennepin County residents.

For more information on the agency and our programs, or to download agency brochures please visit http://www.caphennepin.org or call 952-933-9639. To request copies of our program brochures, please contact alee@capsh.org . For a complete list of locations, please visit http://www.caphennepin.org/contact-us/For additional information please see the PDF below.


Annual Operation Gown Giveaway

Annual Operation Gown Giveaway

Credit – Lea Ferrante Photography

WHO: Active Duties, Veterans and Active First Responders
WHAT: Celebrate Our Heroes
WHEN: Kickoff July 5th, 2017
WHERE: Operation Wedding Gown giveaway events in salons across the country
WHY: In an effort to support our communities
HOW: For more information, locate a salons near you or register at http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com and bring proper identity.
POC: Donna Soda Phone 877-650-3309

BAA July 2017 Operation Gown Press Release.pdf

July 2017 OWG Flyer.pdf

Hamel VFW Dance Night – Saturday, June 17

The Hamel VFW is hosting another “Dinner & Dance Night” featuring the Del Counts on Saturday, June 17th. Food is served from 5-8 and the Del Counts are on stage from 7-10:30. This is a low-key event heading into the Hamel Rodeo. The menu is a chef’s choice and I’m good with that as long as it’s not liver (kidding…the food is always tasty). Wear old jeans, a t-shirt and boots if you’ve got them. Come to the  “V” and party with some neat people who like to dance and have old-fashion fun. Remember, the VFW has a full ballroom.

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,

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

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


Where: CHS Field



Don’t forget to check our Calendar of Events page

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

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

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:

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through Military.com:

Free National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes for Active Duty Military Members and their Families:

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


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