St. Paul Vet Center Open House

Veterans will have an opportunity to learn more about the Vet Center while accessing a number of other community resources. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Make sure you show up on Thursday, December 17, 2015 between 10 AM and 2 PM at the :

St. Paul Vet Center (Directions)

550 County Rd D West, Suite #10

New Brighton, MN

For additional info about the event see the PDF below or call the Vet Center at 651-644-4022.

PBYR – Community Network and Veterans Appreciation Day

Home Depot Merchandise Execution Team: Job Opportunities

Merchandising Execution Team ( MET) of Home Depot Job openings, please see attached description.

MET Travel Job Description

  • The pay is $12/hr.
  • Full Time with benefits and bonuses
  • Stores with openings are located in: Plymouth, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Elk River, Monticello, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Richfield and St. Louis Park.

To apply, please contact the POC listed below:

Jonathan Clanton
Talent Sourcing Specialist
The Home Depot
*:(Direct Dial) 770.433.8211 ext. 14153 –

Toys, Toys, get your Toys!

PBYR christmas-toys_2I have TOYS from Operation Homefront. PLEASE BRING YOU OWN BAGS and head on over and grab what you need for your family or Unit  party. I have plenty!!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
5500 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157

Recruiting for Insurance Account Representative positions

Help wantedI am currently recruiting for our Insurance Account Representative positions in Minneapolis. These positions are full-time, salaried with great benefits and opportunity for growth. We are seeking individuals with a minimum of 1 year of insurance experience within in the auto, boat and/or homeowners insurance market.

If you know anyone interested in our opportunities please refer them to our site  to submit their application or forward their information to me so I can follow-up with them. Thank you for your referrals!

Melinda Bates |Recruiter
O: 727-430-4730 |

We put vets to work | WOSB

Free Thanksgiving Baskets

PBYR - Thanksgiving food basketsI have Thanksgiving baskets for Military families at my office ready to distribute! Open to ALL military families, and larger families may be open to more than one basket. You do not have to be lower-income or “in need” just to get a basket, they are open to everyone!

Please stop by my office and grab a basket!! I also have some Holiday toys and hats and gloves ready for distribution as well. Please plan to bring your own bags for the toys.

Thank you!

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
5500 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157

Military Children’s Christmas Party at the Apple Valley American Legion

PBYR - Patriotic SantaWHAT: Military Children’s Christmas Party at the Apple Valley American Legion

WHEN: Sunday, December 13th, 1-4 pm

WHERE: Apple Valley American Legion 14521 Granada Drive Apple Valley MN

WHY: Games, crafts, beverages, photos, and a visit from Santa! A gift for every child! Christmas party suitable for children up to 12 years of age.

HOW: R.S.V.P. by December 1st to Tami Riha at or by printing and mailing the attached PDF to:

Apple Valley American Legion
14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Plymouth Home Depot hosts Veteran’s Appreciation Day

On November 14, 2015 PBYR and the Heinzen-Ditter VFW shared a table at the Plymouth Home Depot Store for Veteran’s Appreciation Day.  Many of the Vets told me that they came to Home Depot just for this celebration—not to obtain materials for home repair projects.  Special thanks to Sylvia, Doug and Paul for donating several hours to honor Vets that stopped by our table to chat.  PBYR has great appreciation for Plymouth Home Depot’s efforts  for hosting his yearly event with barbeque grilling and all that they do to help Veterans and their families in Plymouth!!!

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FREE Clothing for Veterans – Pathways Career Closet

Free Interview Clothing for Unemployed and/or Disabled Veterans & and Active Duty, Reservists and Guard Families.

Pathways Career Closet is a vocational training site for students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District #11. Local unemployed and/or disabled Veterans and Active Duty, Reservists and Guard families may choose a FREE set of career clothing for upcoming interviews or events.

Career Closet is committed to helping the men and women who served our country. We provide interview appropriate attire to unemployed or disabled Veterans as well as Active Duty, Reservists and Guard Families free of charge. All Veterans are invited to visit us on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 8:15 – 10:15. We will have a student shopper available to assist you with selecting the perfect clothes for your next interview.

We have students eager to provide you with excellent customer service. Shopping is by appointment only. We gratefully accept donations.

Pathways Career Closet

Pathways Coon Rapids Family Mall
11238 Crooked Lake Blvd Door B

PBYR and Community Partners at work

On November 7, 2015 PBYR and community partners helped a 86 year young veteran and his wife move to new housing. This moving event was completed on a Saturday and involved over 45 individuals that worked very hard to assist this family. PBYR send kudos and thanks to all our partners in this effort: PLYMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT, WAYZATA FOOTBALL TEAM VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR COACHES, HOME DEPOT and volunteers that provided trucks, trailers, muscles, and food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These community efforts represent the health, spirit and vitality of Plymouth.

PBYR could not have provided this service without the coordination and help from our partners. The service member was very appreciative and stated he was overwhelmed by the number of people that volunteered to help a stranger.

The Sun Sailor recently did a nice story on the move that you can view here.

Below we have some pictures of the hard working volunteers. Please click on the images to make them larger. Again, a huge round of thanks for all the help.

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In October 2015 PBYR helped a Veteran who recently lost temporary employment with the repair of his car’s brake light, a Holiday gas card and gave him helpful employment leads. He was very appreciative of PBYR’s efforts.

Local Veteran’s Day Discounts and Freebies

Local Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies  – ID or proof of service required.

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  • Applebee’s.  Nov. 11, Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to Military Veterans and active Service Members. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. Here are the offerings for free meals: 7 oz. sirloin with vegetables and mashed potatoes; Fiesta Lime Chicken; Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta; Crunchy Shrimp Platter with fries and coleslaw, Oriental Chicken salad; All in Standard Burger with fries; Chicken Finger platter with fries and coleslaw; A whole bunch of Thank You to all the VETS!!!!
  • Champps. Veterans and active duty military get a free meal (up to a value of $15) on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday November 11. Limit one free meal per person. Must show proof of service to receive offer; proof of service includes U.S, Uniform Services ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, Current Leave and Earnings statement, Veterans Organization card, DD214 Citation or Commendation, or wear a uniform. Dine-in only. Valid towards food and soft beverages only. Tax and gratuity not included. Valid at participating locations only.
  • Great Clips. On November 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31
  • Green Mill Bar and Restaurant. Nov 11th, Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu for dine in only. Pizza restricted to a small one-topping Deep Dish. Proof of Military service required. They are doing this on top of the Veterans Day Dinner at Country Inn. Thank you for your service and sacrifices.
  • Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery. Nov. 11,offering current Service Members and Veterans a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links. Beverage not included.
  • Tires Plus. Between November 8 and 15, Veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% OFF the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.
  • YMCA. The YMCA welcomes all active and retired Military, Veterans and their dependent to use the YMCA facilities free of charge with a military identification card. Additionally, all those listed above will have the opportunity to join the YMCA on Veterans’ Day for just one dollar ($1.00) with no membership dues until January 2016.

PBYR flagA special thanks goes to all businesses, agencies and organizations that practice. ”Every day is Veteran’s Day.”

Make every day Veteran’s Day. . .thank a Veteran!

Meineke’s Veterans Day Salute

The Meineke Car Care Centers of the Twin Cities are offering Free Oil Changes to Veterans, active duty personnel, and their immediate family on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. (Typo on flier) Oil changes are by appointment only and will be scheduled every ½ hour. We are offering up to 50 oil changes at each store scheduled on a first come / first served basis. Please provide your license plate number to allow us to have your oil filter on hand when you arrive. Bring some form of ID to prove eligibility.

This is for a standard oil change including up to 6 quarts Semi Synthetic oil and “normal” oil filter. Odd or very expensive filters will be at ½ price.

Vehicles requiring Full Synthetic oil get up to 5 quarts of Full Synthetic oil with same filter restriction for $35. Full Synthetic changes over 5 quarts is $5 / quart extra. Sorry, diesel trucks not included in this offer.

1 vehicle per family and only available at the following locations:

Meineke of Brooklyn Park 763-657-0909

Meineke of Burnsville 952-807-7190

Meineke of Columbia Heights 763-789-4790

Meineke of Hopkins 952-641-3386

Meineke of Ham Lake 763-413-2277

Meineke of St Paul 651-207-6139

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Military OneSource offers free tax consultation and electronic filing

Military OneSource offers free tax consultation and electronic filing to eligible service and family members.

Tax Services

Military1SourceMilitary OneSource offers valuable tools and information to ease your tax-time worries. Financial counseling, and tax consultation services, available in person or over the phone, to help with financial issues, such as budgeting, money management and debt consolidation, as well as education on how to maximize your refund by using it wisely

Tax Season is just around the corner there is a flyer attached about the Free Online Tax Services being offered through Military OneSource.  It can also be viewed this link, along with many other printable fliers:


Tips for Savvy Holiday Spending

As the Holiday Season is fast approaching take a look at 9 Tips for Savvy Holiday Spending:

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar November 14

FREE Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar November 14th.

Take advantage of this opportunity to attend a FREE Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar in St. Paul on November 14th.

Family members and personnel working with military and family members do not always know how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans focuses on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veteran, and family population.

This class will help participants identify, understand, and respond to mental illnesses and substance use disorders while keeping the unique military context in mind.

Presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Participants receive a course manual and certificate. Registration is required. Please see the PDF flyer below.

St Paul Veterans 11-14.pdf

Veterans Day Event in Brooklyn Park

Veterans Day Event at “The Waterford”

image001Please see attached for a Veteran’s Event open to everyone in Brooklyn Park at the Waterford Independent and Assisted Senior living facility on Veterans Day November 11. Please see the flyer below and don’t forget to RSVP by November 10..

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St. Raphael School Morning of Gratitude Veteran’s Day Breakfast

St. Raphael School has a special program and hot breakfast for all US veterans and their families. The breakfast and program start in the banquet room ( Marian Hall)  at 8:45 AM. Veterans  of all faiths and their families are invited. The school is located at 7301 Bass Lake Road in Crystal, MN.  All of the school students (grades K-8) will be participating. They have all been really working hard at memorizing pieces and songs.

The breakfast and program start in the banquet room ( Marian Hall)  at 8:45 AM.

You can RSVP to  763-504-9450, ext 505.

We’d love to see you there!

FYI – There will be a Catholic Mass at 8:00 AM, just prior.

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Last chance for The Twenty-Seventh Man

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Gabriel Murphy and Skyler Nowinski; Photo by Sarah Whiting

Gabriel Murphy and Skyler Nowinski; Photo by Sarah Whiting

“To breathe country air, to dream in Yiddish and write in the same…I never wanted for more.” Pinchas Pelovits in The Twenty-Seventh Man

The Twenty-Seventh Man closes Sunday, November 8th. Get your tickets today!

“a compelling show…grappling with questions of life and death, the price of betrayal and what it means to be a writer”

Read more about the show in the Pioneer Press.

Now Playing through November 8th
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. $20
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $22
Saturday at 8 p.m. $32
Sunday at 1 p.m. $25

For Tickets call 651-647-4315 or

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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 16155 St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 647-4315