In 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.
Donations can be made out to: Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon c/o Heinzen –Ditter VFW, 19020 Hamel Rd, Plymouth, MN 55446.
PBYR welcomes all offers to volunteer or partner. Please email plymouthyellowribbonMN@gmail.com or telephone (612-293-8211), and note that for certain assignments a criminal background check will need to be completed prior to deployment.
Jennifer B. Rodgers, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
The 11th Annual Teen Summit is coming in June. The Teen Summit event is to connect Military Teens from across Minnesota. The summit is designed for military teens to network, work on team building activities and building leadership skills. There will be activities throughout the week.
*They are monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic guidance and recommendations and will plan accordingly. In the event, the summit is cancelled those who registered will be notified. A make-up date will be scheduled in August.
Like many, the City of Plymouth and Plymouth’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network made the difficult decision to forego a Memorial Day live event this year. Our alternative was to work with the City of Plymouth’s Park & Recreation Department and CCX Media to produce a virtual remembrance. Our event will be live streamed onFacebook LIVE this Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. It will also be streamed on the CCX website. We hope to get an On-Demand link so that people will be able to watch it on their own schedule. The program will consist of:
Welcome – Jeffrey Wosje, City of Plymouth Mayor
Pledge of Allegiance – VFW Post 5903
Invocation – Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. (Buddy) Winn Jr. United States Army, 34th Red Bull ID & MN National Guard State Chaplain Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation Pastor
America the Beautiful – Sara Shiff Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Senior
Remembering the Families – Jennifer B. Rodgers, Military Spouse & Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon President
Honoring the Fallen & Keeping Remembrance Alive – Colonel Terry W. Branham (Ret.) United States Army, Vietnam ‘69-’70, Desert Storm, Drug War ‘91-’93 VFW Post 210 & Legion Post 44
In Flanders Fields – Erin Anderson Wayzata High School Senior
Congratulations to our newest BTYR Network Grant County! There action plan was recently approved by the State BTYR board. We are excited to have them join us and all the work they continue to do for veterans, service members, first responders and their families! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic they are working on a proclamation ceremony date for later this year. I will be sure to share out when more information comes available. Congratulations once again!
Natural Park Service
Building Healthy Military Communities has worked in consorted effort with the National Park Service to aid in the promotion of total health in a joint social media campaign for the upcoming National Park Week April 18 – 26. While you can not physically participate at a National Park, you are able to still experience them virtually. Isolation is tough for everyone, but it is a proven fact that there is wellness in nature. Attached is an excel document that contains everything your military/veteran organization will need for posting during National Park Service Week. If you do not have time to initiate your own social media posts, you can share posts from the National Park Service or Building Healthy Military Communities Facebook pages. Be sure to utilize the hashtags (they are provided in the excel document).
To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2020, the St Cloud VA is hosting a baby shower on May 13th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The goal is to celebrate Veteran parents – especially moms – while also increasing awareness of VA’s comprehensive maternity care services and to encourage women Veterans to choose VA to support their health and wellness goals. For questions or more information call (320) 252-1670 ext. 6655
To attend this event, log on at: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77083531403
I hope this email finds you all healthy and well. As most have heard Governor Walz has extended the Stay at Home order until May 4, 2020. We will continue to share resources that come available for our veterans, service members and their families. To assist in this I have put together a COVID-19 Resource Guide and will continue to update as resources come available. The guide provides links to all benefits and resources within the state. Please share out and if there is anything missing please let me know and I will update. I will also link this to the MN State Yellow Ribbon Outreach Coordinator Facebook page (this is a closed group to share resources and to connect to your own page). https://www.facebook.com/groups/2303615423016974/
Each of the .pdf’s below has lots of very good information that can be helpful to you or someone you know, please take a few minutes to look at each document.
Video counseling can be conducted individually or as a family depending on the age of the child. For a description of counseling and eligibility you can find more information in the article attached or on line here:
Remember to tune in live Monday-Friday at 12:00 p.m. EST, if you can, all you have to do is follow the Military OneSource page on Facebook. If you don’t have time to watch the live event, it will be posted for your review immediately following the event. We want to hear from you, so post a comment on the video thread about how you may have helped a military youth dealing with stress around COVID -19 or any tips you have for other military families. Secondly, we are asking that you share the link to today’s video
with any military service members or family members you are friends with on Facebook so that they might benefit from the information. Here is a link to today’s video:
Military OneSource has a dedicated page to help keep you up to date on this
rapidly-evolving situation, www.militaryonesource.mil/coronavirus
You can call Military OneSource anytime at 800-342-9647 or you can chat live
with a consultant by logging on to -www.militaryonesource.mil
Question please let me know. Additionally, I will be holding another coffee talk session Friday 27 Mar @ 10am via zoom here is my link if you are interested. This morning’s coffee talk was great!
The Hamel VFW is throwing a New Years Eve Party on Tuesday, December 31st. A sliced Beef Loin Dinner with all the fixins will be served from 5:00-8:00 pm. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great “classic rock” from 7:00-11:00 pm. We’re going to do the “Ball Drop” at 11:00 pm and sync it with New York City. There’ll be party favors and other surprises for our guests. It’s our way of thanking you for supporting the Hamel VFW in 2019. There will be a $10.00 per person cover charge that night.
In December , 2019 PBYR received a donation from J.H. Larson Company employees to assist and serve Veterans and Service Members. We greatly appreciate their support and partnering!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
J.H. Larson Company is a family owned, independent distributor of Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and DataComm products with eight locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. J.H. Larson remains dedicated to its employees, customers, and vendors and is positioned to move into the future as a family owned and operated business.
Peak Entertainment is putting on a Comedy Night at the Hamel VFW on Friday, December 13th. We thought you’d need a break from all the parties and holiday shopping. So here’s you chance to sit back, have a delicious inexpensive meal and then laugh till your sides hurt!
You’ll have your choice of Braised Beef Tips and Roasted Chicken prepared by a Private Chef. Call Tom Reschenberg at (612) 386-9129 for dinner reservations. $14.00 per person.
Hurry and submit your application for this amazing opportunity to attend the 2020 NHL All-Star Game!
Applications close on Sunday, Dec 1 2019 @ 3:00pm CST.
We want to hear about your service to our country and the sacrifices that you and your family have given to fulfill your military obligations.
What: Nominate your Military Hero for a chance to send them on a once in a lifetime trip to St. Louis, MO to attend the 2020 Honda NHLR All-Star Game!
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: January 24- 26, 2020
Who: Four (4) winners: one (1) Service Member (or his/her immediate family member) plus one (1) minor child (age 5-17) of the winning Service Member or for which the winning Service Member is the legal guardian for each of the four (4) geographical regions in US and Canada set out in the Official Rules.
How: Complete and submit the online form to nominate a Military Service Member (or his/her immediate family member) who deserves this once in a lifetime experience with their child. https://unitedheroesleague.org/all-star-hero/
Every year we spend Veterans day remembering and honoring service members who have fought in the armed forces. Most people don’t know the history behind the federal holiday and quite frankly often confuse it for Memorial Day. But they are completely different.
For starters, it was originally called Armistice Day. And the main difference between the two is that Memorial Day is to honor those Americans who gave their lives. Veterans day is to celebrate both living veterans and those who are no longer with us. The goal is to simply thank those who have fought in our country’s service for their sacrifices.
In November of 1918, the German and Allied powers met in France to sign a document that signaled the end of World War I. After four years of war on November 11th, in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the war was finally over. The following year United States President Woodrow Wilson made an effort to publicly honor the services for those who lost their lives on Armistice Day.
In 1938 it became an official holiday, set aside to celebrate veterans of World War I. Post world War II and Korean War, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs urged that all veterans deserved to be celebrated, hence the transformation from “armistice day” to “Veterans Day”. In 1968 the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed, making sure that multiple legal holidays, including Washington’s birthday and Veterans Day observances, would take place on Mondays. This pushed Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October.
Most Americans were not only unhappy about this but also continued to celebrate it only on November 11th. Finally, in October of 1971, a new bill was signed by President General Ford saying that Veteran’s day was returning to its original observation day.
On Nov. 9, 2019, Dean Sherman and I attended the VFW and American Legion Program. As usual, the program was well attended with representation from all age groups. The breakfast was tasty. And the strength of character and service readily apparent at the VFW.
The Speaker, Major Derek J. Plymate, Ret. reviewed his extensive military history and some of the “why” for his service. He served in many dangerous combat zones with temperatures ranging up to 140 F. On his “safe” days he supervised and moved explosives and munitions of all types. His presentation contained important reminders about service, sacrifice, loss as well as humor.
The many Scouts in attendance listened carefully to Major Plymate’s reflections on service and his profound respect for other Veterans. His simple reminder was to always express appreciation to Veterans when possible with “Thanks for your Service ” as this is appreciated. Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon clearly agrees with his reminder and observation.
Kudos to Jim Heimerl, VFW Commander and his crew in making this program a success.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon