12th Annual Veterans Career Fair – July 18

The Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) will host the 12th Annual Veterans Career Fair.

We strongly encourage participation by employers who have full-time jobs with benefits available. Please respect the Veterans military experience and training, and future contributions to your workforce by offering meaningful, family-sustaining wages. Due to the high demand for exhibit space, we are limiting registrations to W2 employers only and will be unable to accommodate staffing agencies or schools.

For questions or accommodations needed to exhibit at the Veterans Career Fair, please contact Eveline at eveline.vanda@state.mn.usby Friday, June 22, 2018.

Veterans Career Fair JobSeeker Flyer 2018

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

DAV Donor Connect – May 17, 2018


Good Afternoon Donor Connect Network-

It has been quite some time since a new list has gone out and I truly apologize for that! I have attached a new list I generated yesterday and I will likely have another updated list next week.

Please let me know if you see anything of interest and I will get you the contact information.

Donor Connect 5.17.18.pdf

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)

Help place a flag on every Fort Snelling headstone for the first time in 30 years


KARE 11 and Flags for Fort Snelling partner to honor vets this Memorial Day

Help place a flag on every headstone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the first time in 30 years.

As Minnesota’s front door for generosity, we are always excited to see all of the support on GiveMN.org from Minnesotans to power the good being done by nonprofits and schools in every corner of our state.

As we look forward to Memorial Day next weekend, we are especially thrilled to highlight a major project and fundraiser taking place in the Twin Cities. Flags for Fort Snelling, KARE 11, Mall of America, and RBCU have teamed up to ensure a flag will be placed on every grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.

Help purchase flags for Memorial Day 2018

Below, learn more from KARE 11 on how you can get involved by helping to purchase flags or volunteering to help place the flags next weekend.

Support our local veterans by helping purchase flags during the KARE 11 Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day

Today, KARE 11 will host a special Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day. It will be a day spent sharing stories of local veterans and our local heroes.  Your support will ensure every Veteran is honored, both this year and for years to come.
Here’s how you can help:

Help us purchase flags for each headstone for our partner nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling. Your donation, large or small, will ensure every hero that has been laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be remembered this Memorial Day and lay the groundwork to make this a yearly tradition.

Donate to help purchase flags for every Fort Snelling headstone

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend and provide photos to requesting families who are unable to visit in person for Memorial Day. Volunteer registration is available on the Flags for Fort Snelling website.

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend

We only have 11 more days until Memorial Day weekend and we need your support to make this Memorial Day, and those to come, special for every Veteran.

See more of KARE 11’s Flags for Fort Snelling coverage

Volunteer Opportunity – The Wall that Heals June 21-24

Twin Cities PBS – TPT and Minnesota Remembers Vietnam are hosting The Wall That Heals Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN. This brand-new version of the Wall is a traveling, 3/4–scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since its original dedication in 1996, The Wall has been displayed in nearly 600 communities throughout the nation. The Wall is free and open to the public and will be open 24 hours a day, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 and ending in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, June 24. In addition to the Wall itself, there will be programming throughout the weekend. (For a list of our scheduled events, visit MNVietnam.org/wall)

Volunteers Needed!

We wanted to offer you the chance to be a part of this amazing event! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience The Wall while giving back and serving the community. Duties may include but are not limited to: greeting and welcoming guests, assisting visitors in locating names on the Wall, helping complete rubbings of engraved names, giving directions, answering questions, and providing informational material to visitors. We are looking for individual and groups. In order to qualify as a group, you must be able to register a minimum of 6 people, at least 15 years in age, for at least one of the same shift.

Shifts are available in 4-hour blocks. Your group is welcome sign up for multiple blocks. T-shirts will be provided for you, as well as a private volunteer area with water, snacks, and a dedicated space to reflect. There is not a designated volunteer parking lot, but there are several lots and parking areas nearby. The Capitol grounds are also easily accessible by Metro Transit.

Training will take place on Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. Please make every reasonable effort to attend as it will not only make your volunteering experience much more enjoyable, but there are also forms and waivers that MUST be filled out prior to your volunteering.

If you have mobility/accessibility concerns (or any other questions) about volunteering, please contact Samantha Grangaard, Volunteer Coordinator, at sgrangaard@tpt.org. Please let Samantha know if you have any questions about this opportunity.
We are looking forward to this event and hope to see you there!

To sign up to volunteer, please go to the link below:

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

Hamel VFW Armed Forces Day Dinner & Hanger Dance

The Hamel VFW is hosting an Armed Forces Day Dinner & Dance on Saturday, May 19th, Food from 5-8:00 pm. Rose will be serving burgers and a chicken dinner with all the trimmings. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great classic rock from 7-11:00 pm! We have several prizes for the best ‘dance’ customs. Bring a friend or relative who served in the military and enjoy the evening. Make sure to wear something patriotic and show your colors. I’d like to get a group picture of all the vets. Thank you for your service!

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111


Partners in Prevention Spring Newsletter

We are getting ready to celebrate another great year and we’d love for you to join us. Attached is our Spring Newsletter.

PIP Newsletter Spring 2018.pdf

Monday, June 4th, 9-10:30am
IOCP, Shannon Hall

Coffee and bagels will be provided. 🙂

Alison Wobschall, M.A.

Partners in Prevention, Director
Plymouth, Minnesota
(612) 412-8202


Partners in Prevention is a community coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use. We are nearly all volunteers representing more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. We rely heavily on collaboration to support our efforts to positively impact our community. We are hoping to reduce substance use by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of use and also by promoting the protective factors that minimize the risk of use.

PIP serves the Wayzata School District, consisting of all or parts of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. The district educates over 11,000 students made up of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

Plymouth Station Holiday to host PBYR FUNdraiser on July 24th

Allan has been successful in his lobbying efforts with Plymouth Station Holiday!! They will again host PBYR for a BBQ FUNdraiser on July 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Plymouth Station Holiday
16825 County Road 24
Plymouth, MN 55447

**Please plan to come out for a burger and also to buy a book of  car washes to support PBYR.

**We need to replenish our funds to continue to perform our mission in the BYR network of cities.  Please bring a friend—everyone needs lunch and a clean car!!

These fundraisers are crucial for PBYR to provide assistance and support to Service Members, Vets and their Families!!

Classified state positions with Military Affairs

The MN Department of Military Affairs is excited to announce the opening of three new state employee positions to help  strengthen the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program across the state. Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinators will be located in Mankato, Cottage Grove and Camp Ripley and we need your help in finding the perfect people for these important positions.

Note: The positions will be open until May 18th, please help distribute broadly.  If anyone has any questions, have them contact Annette Kuyper at 651.282.4002 to speak more about the opportunity.

Use this link  Interns and Student Workers / Then hit the “Search for jobs” / Search under “Military Affairs” and you will find the position description and qualifications.


Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

Military OneSource: Dynamic Group Discussion


It is that time again! Another fantastic Dynamic Group Discussion, please pass on to our service/family members.

Topic: Love Can Last

Join us to talk about what helps couples stay together. Learn tips for a healthy, lasting relationship that brings you both contentment and helps you weather any storm. Details and registration is on the attached flier!  Thank you!

Dates: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8-9 p.m. ET & Wednesday, May 16 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET

NOTE that times are in ET

May 2018 DGD_Love_Can_Last.pdf


Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
michael.meier@militaryonesource.com | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647

Friday Night Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance – May 11

We’re changing things up at the VFW this Mom’s Day weekend. We’re hosting a Dinner & Dance Night this Friday, May 11th. Food from 5:00-8:00 pm (1/2 pound hamburgers with trimmings)! The Band Tailspin will be on stage play playing great country and classic rock from 7:00-11:00 pm. ‘There is a $5.00 cover’. Come for dinner and wear your cowboy boots! Please pass this info along. Thanks!