Veteran’s Day special event on Saturday, November 7

Serving Those Who Served

The St. Paul Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, in conjunction with our partners listed below; invite you to attend this special Veteran’s event. For more details please see the PDF below.

St Paul Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office: Compensation/Pension/VA Home Loans/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Minneapolis VA Medical Center: OEF/OIF/Suicide Prevention

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs: Gold Star Family/Women Veterans/Education/Outreach

County Veteran Service Officers: Dakota/Hennepin/Ramsey

County Veterans’ Court

Veteran Service Organizations: American Legion/Disabled American Veterans/Veterans of Foreign Wars/Wounded Warrior Foundation

Military Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

WHAT: Veteran’s Day Special event

WHEN: Saturday, November 7th
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   

WHERE: Rosemount Armory
13865 S Robert Trail

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Celebrating Veteran’s by Volunteering in the Community

BTYR - Twin Cities HFH logoI wanted to reach out and let you know about something Twin Cities Habitat is doing for Veteran’s Day.

Coming up to Veteran’s Day, I wanted to let you know about a special build on November 11th. We’ve set aside 3 different sites throughout the metro area (Blaine, St. Paul, and Shakopee) to give an opportunity to the community to honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day and our Yellow Ribbon Initiative through home building.

I wondered if you could get the word out to the folks in your networks about this unique opportunity? Below is more information about the days and how to sign up to send out to your community:

Celebrate and honor our nation’s service members by helping build a Habitat house on Veterans’ Day.

We have opportunities to get involved in Blaine, St. Paul, and Shakopee. Recognizing that Veterans are disproportionately affected by housing challenges, Twin Cities Habitat launched this initiative in 2012 and soon earned Yellow Ribbon accreditation. In the past three years, Twin Cities Habitat volunteers, working through A Brush with Kindness, have helped repair the homes of 34 Veterans and their families. In that same timeframe, five local Veteran families have completed the Homeownership Program and purchased Twin Cities Habitat homes.

To sign up to volunteer, please register for an account at . Click on “Find an Opportunity” on the left and then the “Opportunity Calendar.” Scroll down to November 11th and click on a Veterans’ Build project. If you have any questions please contact Anne Meyers-Welsch at   or 612-305-7114.

Free Vet Stress Management Workshop

WHO: Veterans, Spouses & partners are welcome to join

WHAT: Vet Stress Management Workshop


WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30PM to 7:30PM

WHERE: Northtown Anoka County Library
711 County Rd 10 NE. Blaine, MN 55434

REGISTRATION: Please register by sending an email to

More info: There is no cost for this event

Diversity Fair here at Brooklyn Park Vet Center

Post-9/11 Veterans are the most racially diverse in our nation’s history. In recognition of this changing population, the Brooklyn Park Vet Center will be hosting a Community Diversity Celebration and Open House. We strive to reach all Veterans and especially those which are historically underserved. Your attendance will honor those who’ve served and will reinforce positive community relations.

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WHO: Brooklyn Park Vet Center
7001 78th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

WHAT: Diversity Fair and Open House

WHEN: Thursday, November 12th

Contact 763-503-2220 for more questions.

Duluth-Superior Military Appreciation Week

BTYR - 2015_milapp_hdrJoin us in the Duluth-Superior area November 8 – 14, 2015 and take advantage of all the savings exclusively for our active military and veterans. Thank you for your services.

WHO: Military and Public Service members

WHAT: Duluth-Superior Military Appreciation Week
WHEN: Nov.8-14, 2015
WHERE: At participating hotels – The Downtown Duluth Motel, Best Western Bridgeview, Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark, Days Inn, The Inn on Lake Superior
WHY: Thanks to those who serve
HOW:  Call participating hotels. View latest discounts at

Blood Drive at Brooklyn Park Community Center

Blood Drive Red CrossPlease come out and support a blood drive at the Brooklyn Park Community Center. This will be a great opportunity for the community to come out and meet the new 347th Regional Support Group Unit that has just moved into the Brooklyn Park Amory.

Who:  Brooklyn Park Community Center & 347th Regional Support Group

What: Red Cross Blood Drive

When: 19 November from 9 am to 3 pm.

Where:  Brooklyn Park Community Center

Why:  Provide lifesaving blood

Willing and able donors can register at  and enter the sponsor code: CITYBROOKPK.  It will take them to the blood drive site.

If you have any problems navigating the website please call 1-800-733-2767 and they’ll assign you a time slot.

We hope to see you there!

Need Help Paying Your Heating & Energy Bills?

Energy Assistance Applications Are Now Available

St. Louis Park, Minn., Sept. 24, 2015– Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is now accepting applications for its Energy Assistance Program (EAP).  EAP is a federally-funded program that provides financial assistance to low income households to maintain electric and heat services during the winter heating months.  Assistance is available to all eligible Hennepin County residents, including the City of Minneapolis.

CAPSH staff will be available at the following suburban Hennepin County locations to accept applications and answer client questions:

CAPSH Office

8800 Highway 7, Suite 401

St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Hours: M & W 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Tue, TH, F   8:00 AM- 4:30 PM

Northwest Family Service Center

7051 Brooklyn Blvd.

Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Hours: M,W,F 8:00 AM – 4:30PM

VEAP Community Service Center

9600 Aldrich Ave S.

Bloomington, MN 55420

Hours: Thurs.  8:00 AM– 6:30 PM

During the 2015-2016 heating program season, CAPSH will also have staff available at three conveniently located Minneapolis community partner locations to ensure that all Minneapolis residents can easily access this vital program.

Center For Changing Lives

Lutheran Social Services

2400 Park Avenue S.

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Hours: M-F   8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

Minneapolis Urban League

2100 Plymouth Ave N., #112 Minneapolis, MN 55411

Hours: M – F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sabathani Community Center

310 E 38th St., #211

Minneapolis, MN 55409

Hours: Mon. 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tue – F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Important notes regarding CAPSH’s Energy Assistance Program:

  • Energy Assistance applications are available now through May 31st, 2016.
  • Both renters and homeowners can apply.
  • It is a grant, not a loan. Benefit recipients do not have to pay the money back.
  • The grant is intended to cover a portion of the household’s energy and heating bill. It is important that those who receive energy assistance continue to make payments and/or request a reasonable payment plan with their energy provider.
  • The grant is paid directly to the electric and heat provider.
  • Homeowners may be eligible for emergency furnace repair or replacement.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply before they face an emergency.
  • Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who is eligible?
Eligibility for this program is based upon income guidelines corresponding to household size.

How to apply?
The 2015-2016 EAP application may be downloaded from the link below or requested by calling CAPSH at 952-930-3541.  Applicants can also fill out this form for more information on applying or to request an application.

2015 – 2016 Energy Assistance Application

 To contact the Energy Assistance Program:

Phone: 952-930-3541              Fax: 952-697-1313       Email:



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.

Donations can be made out to: Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon c/o Heinzen –Ditter VFW, 19020 Hamel Rd, Plymouth, MN 55446.


Donations can also be made through Thrivent Choice®.

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PBYR welcomes all offers to volunteer or partner.  Please email 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

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2015 Thanksgiving Baskets of Blessing

PBYR - Baskets of BlessingIn our continuing collaboration with the Living Word Christian Center, we will be doing Thanksgiving Baskets again! Please see the information below for specific details, but on November 21st, if you are in the immediate Hennepin/Anoka County area they will deliver the meal to you.

If you are outside the Hennepin/Anoka County area, you MUST plan to pick up your basket from Living Word church on November 21st between 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

You MUST get all information to me by NOVEMBER 2ND!!

This is a first come, first served opportunity.


1. Full Name
2. Address
3. phone number
4. email
5. if outside the Anoka/Hennepin area – I need to know that you plan to pick up your basket.

On Saturday, November 21 workers from Living Word will deliver Baskets filled with the basics of a holiday meal (roasting hen; spiral ham; mashed potatoes; Mac & Cheese; Betty Crocker Corn Muffin Mix; pumpkin pie and apple pie)to addresses in Hennepin and Anoka counties between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Requests from outside Hennepin and Anoka counties must pick up their Baskets of Blessing at Living Word Christian Center, 9201 75th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 on Saturday, November 21 between 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


*       An adult must be home on Saturday, November 21 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Baskets contain perishable food cannot be left unclaimed.

*       There are a limited number of Baskets and requests will be filled on a first come basis. You will be notified by phone if we are unable to fill your request.

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157

VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program

PBYR flu shotVA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. From August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,000 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities.

Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA electronic health record (EHR).  The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. Last year’s national pilot program ensured that many Veterans got their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.

2015/2016 Find the “BOOTS” For You! Military and Teen Retreats

We are excited and ready to go for our upcoming year of events! We now have events for kids of all ages 3-18.  Check out the attached events flyer PDF for all the information you need to know.

Please note, these events are open to first priority MN Army National Guard.  If you are not affiliated with the MN Army National Guard we will put you on a waitlist for the event and notify you if a spot opens up.  No guarantees!

2015/2016 Youth Programs Events Schedule

Tween Overnight at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth

Who: MN National Guard Tweens (Ages 9-12)

What: Drop your Tweens off at the zoo for an evening adventure with the animals! Kids will enjoy a pizza party, resilience themed activities, animal encounters, zoo night hike, and end the evening with a movie and snack. Event is open for 9-12 year old MN National Guard Tweens.

When: November 20th 7:00 p.m.- November 21st 9:00 a.m.

Where: Lake Superior Zoo Duluth, MN – (Other locations available too, check out the attached PDF flyer below)

Tween Overnights Flyer

Minnesota Wild Military Appreciation Night on November 10 versus Winnipeg at 7PM

Minnesota_WildMilitary Appreciation Night at the Minnesota Wild is just around the corner. This event takes place on November 10th at 7 P.M. when the Wild will be taking on Winnipeg.

Tickets are first come first serve starting with Lower Level Corners for $55.  This is our big night where we will honor military during the intermissions and throughout the entire game.  This game sells out fast every year.

To access the offer the same link below you sent out will work and they will need a .mil or .gov etc. email.  If they do not have them, call Lindsay (at the number listed below) to get their DD214, VA Card, etc. for their tickets.

As an added perk, the first 50 people that purchase tickets will be entered into a drawing to sit on the bench during warm-ups or ride the Zamboni.

Promo Code: Thanks

Lindsay Weier |Account Executive, New Business Development Minnesota Wild Hockey Club | 317 Washington Street | Saint Paul, MN 55102
T: 651-312-3495