Build Your Dreams 5-Day Self Employment Workshop

What: Get a practical overview of the fundamentals required to start a small business in this FREE 5-day workshop for veterans and their family members.

When: Mondays Jan. 30 – Feb. 27, 2017 6:00-9:00 PM

Where: Women Venture 2012 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55413

How: Space is limited to the first 30 registrants, so register now at:
or call (651) 632-8937


No cost to veterans


Happy Holidays from PBYR



We hope you are all able to spend this wonderful holiday with your family and friends and that you all find peace, health and happiness. Don’t forget those service men and women who are protecting you in all corners of this world and can’t be home to spend time with their family and friends.


Hiring Correction Officers


career opportunityWHO: All Military, Veteran, families and the community

WHAT: Hiring Correction Officers
WHEN: Applications accepted December 12, 2016 – December 30, 2016
WHERE: Apply online at the Minnesota Careers website
WHY: Join a team with a national reputation for excellence
ABOUT: Salary: $17.17 to $20.37 ($35,851 to $42,533 annual) – Upon successful academy completion
$18.73 to $27.07 ($39,108 to $56,522 annual)- After one year
Work Locations: MN Correctional Facilities in Faribault, Lino Lakes, Moose Lake/Willow River, Oak Park Heights, Red Wing, Rush City, St. Cloud, Shakopee, and Stillwater


To stay connected on the latest and greatest events and resources for Service members, visit our Facebook page at and sign up for the e-postcard today!

BeThere Assistance Program

pbyr-betherelogoA new resource available for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve members and their families. Please see the PDF’s below for additional information.

Who: BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center.

What: Call and speak to a Veteran or military spouse when you need to:

  • Talk to someone who shares your military experience
  • Connect to resources
  • Get support in any area of life

Peer specialists support you after your call with follow-up for as long as
you want it.

Where/How: Chat:
Text: 480-360-6188
Call : 844-357-PEER (7337)



Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas

The December 13, 2016 edition of the Sun Sailor newspaper had a very nice story written by Kristen Miller about how:

Students from Greenwood Elementary hope to spread some holiday cheer among the Minnesota soldiers serving overseas. During the fourth annual Paws to Do Good Family Service Night Dec. 8, students wrote personalized letters thanking soldiers for their service and wished them a happy holiday season as a service through Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.”

You can read the entire article by going to Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas .


Military OneSource Tax Services are Free


A reminder to all eligible service members that Military OneSource’s tax link for free tax services will be available starting: January 16th 2017. At this time service members can login if they already have a login, call our tax consultants and start the filing process (ensure they have all there W2’s). If service members do not ave a login it is very easy to do (takes about 5 mins) to create one. This is a great resource for service members to take advantage of!

****Remember service members can file 1 federal and up to 3 state returns.

For more information visit .


Minnesota Wild 5th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night

Minnesota_WildThe Minnesota Wild 5th annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon awareness night will be held Sunday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices start at:
$53 per Upper Level
$69 per Lower Level – (Standing Rail Only)
$89 per Lower Level
$109 per Club Level

Offer Includes:

* Ticket to see Wild take on Predators
* Commemorative T-Shirt
* Camouflage Drawstring Bag
* Pre-game on-ice photo at 4:15 p.m.
* Pre-game party in Michelob Golden Light Fan Zone Starting at 4:30 p.m.
* First 500 tickets purchased receive a Minnesota Wild Challenge Coin

All tickets purchased are entered into a drawing for autographed pucks, player cards (winners will be notified at their seats during the game), a drawing for Zamboni Rides and to sit on the bench during pre-game warm-ups (winners will be notified two days before the game.)

PURCHASE TICKETS : Beyond the Yellow Ribbon night

pbyrlogomodThe MN Wild will be proclaimed our 54th Yellow Ribbon Company on this evening as well! A portion of each ticket purchased goes directly back to the St Paul Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Limited number of tickets are available in each price point and are on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets and support BTYR, simply use the link above Be sure to share after you purchase for your chance at an autographed hockey stick! The more you share, the more chances you have.

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

Medtronic Career Awareness Day – January 25, 2017

career opportunity

On January 25th, 2017, Medtronic will be sponsoring Medtronic Career Awareness Day in partnership with and hosted by Minnesota National Guard Arden Hills Army Training Site. Medtronic leaders, recruiters and Veteran Employee Resource Group members will be discussing various career areas within the organization, and the skill translation of military experience into careers at Medtronic.

Please RSVP your attendance for the event before the event and send your questions to  Please see the PDF below for additional information.

Medtronic career day.pdf

Twin Cities Honor Flight – May 6



I just received the confirmed date for the next 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. If you know of any World War II Veterans that have not been on a flight, please encourage them to apply at: We are trying to find them all!

A waiting list is starting for Korean War Veterans as well.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 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 cheers!

Free Christmas toys and stocking stuffers at the Arden Hills Family Assistance Center

Christmas toys and stocking stuffers free at the Arden Hills Family Assistance Center


Who: All Service members, Their Families, and Veterans

What: Free toys, puzzles, books, and other items available free of cost for Military Families.

Where: Ben Franklin Readiness Center- 1536 Ben Franklin Dr Arden Hills, MN 55112, Please call if you need directions and/or once you get here so I can meet you at the door and let you in 651-282-4055.

When: Now through Christmas

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055

PBYR Sincerely Thanks the Greenwood Students, Parents and Staff for the Donation of $350 in Gift Cards!!!!

thank-youPBYR Sincerely Thanks the Greenwood Students, Parents and Staff for the Donation of $350.00 in Gift Cards!!!!

pbyr-img_0197We greatly appreciated the invitation to participate in Community Service Night at Greenwood Elementary School on December 8, 2017. Jennifer and I saw that Greenwood is a school that is clearly doing very well! The students and their parents were delightful and there was a lot of positive energy present! Kristen Miller, Editor from Sun Sailor also came to the event and will write an article with pictures.

pbyr-img_0201The students drew beautiful pictures and wrote very nice letters to soldiers which we will forward to the Family Assistance Center (FAC) in Arden Hills to send to soldiers needing a boost. Additionally, the parents and students donated $350.00 in gift cards for food, gas and personal items which will be used in emergency requests for service and assistance for veterans, service members or their families that contact PBYR directly or that are identified by a member of the PBYR network or through our partnership with the Plymouth Police Department or Heinzen Ditter VFW. The PBYR Treasurer will be given the cards for safe storage until needed!! pbyr-img_0207



Discount ticket offer for World’s Toughest Rodeo

pbyr-wtr17WHO: Military, Veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Communities

WHAT: Discount ticket offer to the upcoming World’s Toughest Rodeo

WHEN: February 3-4, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

ABOUT: Save $5 on select seating when ordering on-line at < Caution- > or via the attached order form. For additional info please see PDF below. Offer expires January 30, 2017.

POC: Karen Reisinger, Xcel Energy Center Group Sales Coordinator; 317 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 312-3486 – direct (651) 726-8246 – fax


Wild Turkey Hunt for Military Families and Youth

pbyr-wild-turkeyWHO: Children of all branches ages 12-17 with valid firearms Safety Certificate. Youth must be a “first time” turkey hunter. Adults and Families are encouraged to attend.

WHAT: Free , ($100 value) Wild Turkey Hunt for military youth is hosted by Child and Youth Services of the MN Army National Guard with sponsorship from MN Department of Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation. Volunteers will be on staff to insure a safe and exciting hunt for our youth.

WHEN: April 16th-17th, 2017

WHERE: Multiple locations across Minnesota, TBD

HOW: Register at this website,
For more information check out Wear warm weather gear (i.e. boots, gloves, jacket, etc.) Hunting supplies will be provided, however please bring a hunting gun if you have one.

POC: Moriah Legvold 651-268-8378



2016 Holiday Toy Open House


2016 Holiday Toy Open House


WHO: Current and Past Military
WHAT: Holiday Toy Giveaway
WHEN: 14th December 4PM-6PM and 15th December 8AM-6PM
WHERE: Camp Ripley Headquarters Drill Floor Building 11-1
WHY: To provide gifts for current and past military families
HOW: No registration needed; ID or Driver License is required to enter post
POC: For more information, call 320-616-3119
About: The family assistance staff will be on site to answer questions and provide additional resources.


The Fairy Godmother Project

FGMLogoWhat: The Fairy Godmother Project- we gift an entire wedding (venue, catering, photography, floral, etc.) to a deserving military couple once every year. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to military families for all that they do and sacrifice every day! We are in search of our 2017 couple, and need a little help spreading the word. If you know anyone who is engaged, we would love for them to check us out!!

When: The maximum guest list is 150, for a Sunday brunch wedding.

How: To be considered for the project, the couple must be open to the wedding date that has been made available by our generous venue partner the Water Street Inn , in Stillwater, MN.

Couples should be nominated by someone other than themselves (i.e. family, friends, co-worker, etc…and can even ask someone to nominate them). Please include the following information when nominating a couple:

1.The couples’ name and contact information (including photo) 2. A brief description of their love story 3. Why you think they should be chosen

Nominations can be sent by email to the founders at:

Amy Coppermsith | Terri Uy-Lennon |

Openings for RSP Contractor Positions – Bloomington and Rosemount

Job OpeningThe Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) has openings in Bloomington and Rosemount for RSP General Clerk II positions.

The RSP General Clerk II is responsible for administrative functions in support of Recruits in the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP). RSP General Clerk IIs will perform all duties outlined in the Duty Task List to ensure successful execution of the contract. RSP General Clerk II are supervised by the contract RSP General Clerk III within their state. The National Guard Bureau, through the national contract Program Manager, will provide general and technical guidance.

See attached PDF’s for more information. Any questions can be directed to Mr. David Larson, contact information below.

MN RSP Contract Supervisor
Office: 651-268-8130

rsp general clerk in Bloomington MN

rsp general clerk in Rosemount MN