Thank MN Troops Block Party – September 21

The Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund is partnering with the Hamel VFW and Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon to throw a “Thank MN Troops Block Party.”  The date for this event is Saturday, September 21st. On that same day the City Of Medina is celebrating “Medina Day” (two blocks down the street). Hamel will be partying from one end of town to the other! I won’t cover things in the Block Party flyer. You can see/read for yourself. Instead I want to tell you why the Hamel VFW and PBYR whole heartedly support the MMAF.
The MMAF awards grants to Armed Forces personnel who have served since 9 /11. Now this is me (Jim) talking and not the MMAF so I may be a little off. I believe grants of $500.00 are given to each Minnesota Veteran with proof of a Honorable Discharge, $2000.00 to a Combat Wounded Veteran and $8000.00 to a Gold Star Family. The MMAF has awarded over 12 million dollars in grants thus far. Had something like this been available to the Vietnam Veterans when they came home it’s possible there wouldn’t have been such lifelong bitterness, scentless suicides and destroyed lives. That’s why every veteran I’ve talked to supports the MMAF and the 2019 Block Party.
So here’s what I’m asking of each of you to do. Almost everyone knows a younger Minnesota veteran who has served since 9/11. They may be a relative, someone at your VFW/ Legion Post or someone at work. Tell them about the MMAF and the “Thank MN Troops Block Party” on September 21st. Encourage them to attend and show up yourself to lend your support. We can’t undo the mistakes of the 60’s-70’s, but we can ensure they never occur again! Please forward this email to the veterans you know. They’ll know what do. Thank You!
Jim Heimerl
Commander Hamel VFW
(651) 261-3111
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HAMEL VFW AUGUST 31ST DINNER & DANCE

The Arcades are back at the Hamel VFW on Saturday, August 31st. It’s going to be another great night and dancing. Food will be served from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-10:30 pm. The last three dances have been packed so please call to reserve a table if you have more than 4 people.
Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

 

 

 

Fall Joining Community Forces Conference

Good Afternoon!

We are excited to announce we will be having a Fall Joining Community Forces Conference.  The conference will be held at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd.  The purpose of the event is to build relationships, share best practices, and updates on initiatives around the state.
Rooms are available at Cragun’s Resort for $149 plus tax and can be reserved at (218) 316-7005 and ask for the Joining Community Forces rate.  This rate will be available until September 4, 2019.
The drafted agenda is as follow (please note this is subject to change, if it does we will update accordingly):
Friday, October 4th (optional)
1700 – 1800 Registration and Room Check-In
1800 – 2100 Snacks and Networking
Saturday, October 5th
0800 – 0900 Registration / Light Breakfast / Unstructured Networking
0900 – 1000 Pledge of Allegiance and Introduction
1000 – 1100 Military Panel (Military and Families Yellow Ribbon Impact)
1100 – 1115 Break / Unstructured Networking
1115 – 1215 Yellow Ribbon Panel (Networks across the State will share best practices)
1215 – 1245 Lunch / Unstructured Networking
1245 – 1345 Yellow Ribbon Assessment and Regional Reports
1345 – 1400 Closing Remarks and Questions
If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of the following Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinators:
Jeremiah Miller
Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinator
Southern MN
(507) 514-0220
Mike Windsperger
Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinator
Central MN
(612) 368-7223

Rachel Johnson, MBA

Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinator
Northern Minnesota
(320) 249-0136

Great Employers Job Fair

Looking for a new career opportunity?

Come to our job fair on Wednesday, August 14th from 3-6pm at Minnetonka High School. (18301 MN-7 in Minnetonka, MN  55345)

Meet your future employer!

Confirmed Employers –
• Chart Inc.
• College Hunks Hauling Junk
• Excelsior/Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce
• Gina Maria’s Pizza
• Goebel Fixture Company
• Harrison Bay Senior Living
• JC Penny Portrait Studio
• Kelly Services
• Lunds & Byerly’s
• Mediacom Communications Corp.
• Mount Olivet Rolling Acres
• Partners Dental Studio
• Right at Home Twin Cities
• Scheels
• Southwest News Media
• State Farm Insurance
• Suez Water Technologies & Solutions

Hosted by Southwest News Media

Home Depot Military Appreciation Day

On Aug 3, 2019,  PBYR and the VFW shared a table at the  Plymouth Home Depot for Military Appreciation Day.  I totally agree with Dean’s following assessment:

There was good traffic today at our table at the Home Depot. Gary’s Oreo cookies and soda were a big hit. We faced tough competition with the balloon lady, the MN Raptors Center’s bald eagle, owl and hawk and Every Third Saturday. The Home Depot folks were fantastic to work with.

We always enjoy partnering with the VFW and Home Depot!  Although, the kids clearly liked the balloon lady; the Vets wanted to visit with the VFW guys at our table and we all celebrated with Oreos!  

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

2019 Mental Health Summit

On Aug 5, 2019 I attended the yearly Mental Health Summit put on by the VA.  The speakers were good and the information very targeted.  It is always clear in this conference that  the VA has spent significant effort, time and money to address suicide and suicide prevention.  However, it is important for us to understand that the majority of Veterans do not use VA services.  And as a result, this clinical problem falls on local resources.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

Suicide statistics are sobering:  20 veterans suicide each day, 1,000,000 + suicide attempts per year on a national basis with 50,000 deaths. Suicide is the 8th cause of death in Minnesota.  As a psychologist, I know that many suicides are not officially documented as suicides, e.g. some MVAs, medication errors, non-compliance to diet, meds or diabetes management and other circumstances that “hide” what really happened.  Suicide stats are larger than they appear!

It is critical that we need to understand that local community resources (like PBYR), other non-profits, employers, police and other community partners are critical in suicide prevention efforts.  The VA clearly acknowledges they can’t address this problem without assistance and partners.  Veterans returning to college often have predictable adjustment problems in the academic environment and college staff needs to be educated on the range of issues that may be encountered.  I encourage all to consider attending  the VA Mental Health Summit workshop in 2020.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance – August 3

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, August 3rd featuring the City Lights Band. Food from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-10:30. $5.00 cover.

The Arcades are booked at the “V” through September of 2020! However, we’ve received many requests to sprinkle other bands into the rotation along with some Friday night dances. Come and enjoy Classic Rock” with City Lights this Saturday and look for some “Country-Rock” around the corner!

City Lights Band

Veterans Career Fair

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Earle Brown Heritage Centre

6155 Earle Brown Drive

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Minnesota Veterans Employment Services invites all veterans, active military members, and their spouses to this 13th annual event.

Are you looking for a higher salary? Employers at the Veterans Career Fair have been encouraged to offer veterans full-time jobs with benefits and family-sustaining wages. Work for an employer that recognizes and appreciates your experience and the value you bring to their team!

Over 100 employers will be on-site and complimentary LinkedIn Photography station will be available for jobseekers. In addition, the event will include providers who offer services for veterans. Hope to see you there!

Register to attend the upcoming Veterans Career Fair. Registration is not required, but is highly encouraged.

 

To register or for more information, please visit:
mn.gov/deed/events/veterans-career-fair

The American Legion’s national online mental health survey

As you are well aware, we are in the midst of a crisis involving the high rate of veteran suicide. The American Legion is focused on understanding the causes and ensuring that effective treatments and resources are available to all veterans.

That is why the Legion is conducting a national online mental health survey, which was launched on May 16, 2019, in an effort to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide. Hundreds have responded so far, but many more are needed.

Now, The American Legion needs your help to address this issue. Learn more about why this survey is so important.

We need to understand the causes and ensure that effective treatments and resources are available to all veterans. The American Legion is dedicated to help all veterans suffering from thoughts of suicide regardless of where they live. Traumatic Brain Injury, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are some of the serious issues that this survey can help us better understand.

I implore you to take a few minutes of your time to fill out the mental health survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.

This research is critical in our effort to address this crisis and improve mental health treatment for veterans and their caregivers. Our policy and resolutions on these important issues have the power to save the lives of our brothers and sisters. Encourage other post members, veterans, and caregivers in your community to take the survey as well, because the only way forward is together.

Veterans, servicemembers and caregivers can go directly to the online survey here.

Thank you for potentially saving lives and giving this your full support. And remember if you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, the VA crisis line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255 and press 1. Or text 838255.

For God and Country,

Brett Reistad
National Commander

 

American Legion Mental Health Survey. Take It Now.

Military Days – Military Discount Tickets & Offerings – Valleyfair

Valleyfair Military Days:  A Tribute to Our Heroes

www.valleyfair.com

Knowing well the potential dangers in the work, an extraordinary brand of men and women step up to preserve our freedom, a cause greater than self. Valleyfair celebrates America’s best by offering what we do best: a full day of pure AWESOME with thrilling rides, super-fast water slides and ginormous waves, never-ending laughs and memories for a lifetime. During our Military Days, we honor our service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts.

On July 4-7, we will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. What’s more, our special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well. Up to six immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for only $37 per person. Just bring a valid government-issued ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation.

To take advantage of this discount, present a valid military ID at the front gate turnstiles. If purchasing additional tickets, stop by any Valleyfair ticket window.

Sincerely,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor

Strategic Resources, Inc.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

2019 VA and Community Mental Health Summit

The Minneapolis VA HCS Community Mental Health Summit is focused on mental health awareness and promoting healthy military communities. We will have speakers and discussions regarding strategies and actionable ways we can create supportive, recovery oriented organizations and connections. We welcome veterans, service members, family members, DOD partners, and representatives of local community groups to join us. Located at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Please join us Monday, August 5, at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Veterans Resource Center, for this FREE conference.

For more information, please contact Amy Wood at 612-629-7614 or amy.wood1@va.gov

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-va-and-community-mental-health-summit-tickets-63358518033

 

Community Mental Health Summit Editable Flyer

Heinzen-Ditter Celebrates PBYR, Home Depot and Volunteers!

On June 7, 2019,  Jennifer, Dean and I attended a dinner celebration at the VFW regarding individuals and organizations that helped make their recent restroom renovation project a success. The completed project looks great and will help Veterans and their families for many years into the future, especially those with mobility issues due to service injury illnesses and aging.

During the celebration, PBYR  presented a plaque to Commander Jim Heimerl in honor of his lifelong dedication to community service.  His quiet Dignity and Courage is an inspiration to all!

Gary was able to highlight the PBYR-VFW partnership since 2011:

  • The VFW helped with a steering committee for PBYR, even before PBYR was operational
  • The VFW has had continued presence on the PBYR Board since 2012
  • The VFW is the mail address for PBYR
  • The PBYR-VFW have partnered and shared tables at Home Depot Programs and other programs
  • PBYR-VFW Partnered with purchase of American Dream Oak – a living part of the Plymouth Veterans Memorial
  • The VFW  helped PBYR achieve 501(c)3 status
  • PBYR-VFW have partnered  with programs for Memorial Day  and Veterans Day

It was an honor for PBYR to attend the celebratory dinner and participate in this remodeling project.  PBYR looks forward for the PBYR-VFW partnership to continue and grow with the passage of time.  Also, I must note that their prime rib was 12 on a 10 point scale!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

PBYR presented a plaque to Commander Jim Heimerl in honor of his lifelong dedication to community service.