DAV Donor Connect

I hope you are enjoying the burst of Minnesota winter we recently received. I have received a plentitude of calls recently about ramps. I would like to find out if there are any contacts for ramps you may know of (businesses/charities ext.) The ramp requests I have received range from a veteran recently becoming an amputee and requiring a ramp for 4 steps into his home and another request for a veteran in his 90’s who fell while attempting to carry his wife down the exterior steps of their home because she cannot walk up and down the stairs on her own. I know a few DAV Chapters have notified me they were installing ramps for veterans or had supplied funds for the building of a ramp as service projects- There has to be more we can do to assist veterans needing ramps to allow them to stay in their homes and we cannot expect DAV Chapters to purchase ramps to fill every need.

Donor Connect updated weekly listing 12.5.17

If you know of anyone who may benefit from the information in this email please feel free to pass along the information.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect

We Will Never Forget

Click on newspaper image once or twice to make it larger.

With the Bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 by the Japanese and
ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the following 3 1/2
years of World War II, the following items were produced:

22 aircraft carriers
8 battleships
48 cruisers
349 destroyers
420 destroyer escorts
203 submarines
34 million tons of merchant ships
100,000 fighter aircraft
98,000 bombers
24,000 transport aircraft
58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks
257,000 artillery pieces
105,000 mortars
3,000,000 machine guns
2,500,000 military trucks.

Also, America put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services,
invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy , won the battle for the Atlantic,
planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed
the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany .

We cannot and should not ever forget that the bombing of Pearl Harbor started
it all 76 years ago.

Semper Fi.

Forwarded by Jim Heimerl


Opportunity for Child Dependents with the Timberwolves & UHL

The Minnesota Timberwolves and United Heroes League (UHL) would like to extend the following offer to Minnesota Military Families from all service components. Please see the PDF below for additional information.

Who: Male and female military kids ages 6-18 years old with parents holding the rank of E5 or below. This is open to all services with parents of currently serving service members or veterans.

What: Basketball clinic and SURPRISE holiday shopping spree with the Timberwolves players.

When: Friday, December 8th 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm; 3:30-4:00 pm basketball clinic with follow-on movement to a shopping spree from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Target Center and Target Center Retail Store; 600 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Coordinating Instructions:
1) One parent or guardian must attend with their child. Parents will be required to complete a media and inquiry waiver for both the UHL and the Timberwolves upon arrival.
2) Parent or guardian must complete the attached form and return via email to ShaneH@UnitedHeroesLeague.org

UHL Offer Sheet Timberwolves.PDF

MACV Fundraiser – Sunday, December 3 in Stillwater

Please pass along this opportunity to support our partner, MN Assistance Council for Veterans, hopefully you have seen them on WCCO as well. This is in Stillwater this Sunday.

Items for the silent auction so far with approximate value:

* 2 (3 month platinum) lifetime fitness family memberships that were donated by lifetime. $600
* Rod Carew autographed bat $625
* Stephan Diggs autographed photo $130
* Lindsey Whalen Autographed photo $100
* Brett Favre Framed Matted Picture signed and autographed $650
* Lots and Lots of gift cards
* 4 some at Royal Oaks Golf Club $320
* Timberwolves Tickets
* Autographed photo of Shabazz Mohamed
* 2 some at another golf course
* Jewelry
* Christmas Trees x 2

*This does not include the additional items from the Vikings, the Wild, the Timberwolves- will be 80-100 silent auction items!*

For additional info please see the PDF below.

MACV Benefit Flyer.pdf

Sponsored by the Stillwater American Legion Post 48

We’re All-In to End Veteran Homelessness

Two openings for Citizen Soldier for Life Counselors 

We still have two openings for the Citizen Soldier for Life Counselor Contractors. These roles will help MN National Guard Service Members to connect with financial literacy and employment and career development  resources. The two openings we have for MN are for Camp Ripley and Mankato.

Here is the site for more information:

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

Upcoming DNR Veteran Employment Seminar

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a Yellow Ribbon company, is proud to announce its first Veteran Employment Seminar on January 3, 2018.  It’s an informational event where veterans can learn about jobs in the DNR and how they match up with their military job skills.  DNR staff can answer their questions on education requirements and work experience as well as guide them on how to set up job searches and notifications.

Please help us spread the word especially the Guard/Reserve units that you are connected with. Space is limited and registration is required.  The attached pdf flyer gives you the seminar information that veterans need.

Veterans Employment Seminar – Poster.pdf

Thank you for your assistance and thank you for supporting our military, veterans, and their families.

PBYR and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. Students Packaged Gifts for Deployed MN Soldiers

On November 6, 2017 PBYR and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. students met to wrap $450.00 of beef sticks and send 60 letters of appreciation to deployed MN soldiers.  Kersten Beckstrom, Jennifer Rodgers, Deputy Chief Plekkenpol, Brenda Badger and Gary Goldetsky worked with the students and it was a delightful experience for all. The letter of this event is noted below.  Gary Goldetsky, PBYR President will meet with the Wayzata High School students in December 2017 to further review and discuss the PBYR mission.

PBYR and Wayzata HS YES 2017.pdf

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Free upcoming safeTALK training

Free training on suicide alertness skills. Please share with your mental health contacts. Here are the details and invitation and registration info attached. Please see the PDF below for more information.

WHAT: Free Suicide Alertness Training
WHEN: December 6, 2017
WHERE: 8180 Belden BLVD, Cottage Grove, MN 55016, 9:00am-1:00pm, free lunch included
Host: Wounded Warrior Project

Event is free but registration required at: https://safetalkwwp.eventbrite.com

safeTALK Flyer Dec 6.jpeg.PDF

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

DAV Donor Connect

I hope you all are faring well with this cold weather snap we have been having. I am proud to say our request list has dwindled to only a few items and many of the requests remaining I am running down leads to fulfill them.

I am making many new business connections which seem to be beneficial for the items unable to be listed with the Donor Connect Program or donors unable to maintain items. If you have any businesses or programs you think would benefit from the Donor Connect information please let me know and I can reach out to them or feel free to forward my contact information.

To all of you who have served our country I sincerely thank you for your service as we near Veterans Day this weekend. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

Donor Connect weekly listing 11.7.17.pdf

Have a wonderful day.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect

A “Thanks” to our best and bravest

You served us. Now let us serve you.

We can’t begin to express the gratitude we feel for our veterans and active duty military. On November 11th we’d be honored to have you come by for a delicious meal — on us. It’s been our tradition ten years and counting. Since 2008 we’ve served 8.3 million free meals to all who’ve served.

Available on November 11, 2017 at participating Applebee’s® only. Beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Limit 1 meal per veteran or active duty military. Dine-in only. Not valid with other coupons or discounts. Menu may vary by location.

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo at Xcel Energy Center on January 5

As a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) Company, the Xcel Energy Center is pleased to share a very special offer to the upcoming Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Save up to $23 per ticket when ordering on-line at www.xcelenergycenter.com/military or via the attached form. Please share this offer with your community and contact me with any questions.

Rodeo Military 2018.pdf

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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

Twin Cities Honor Flight – April 7

As you make plans for 2018, I wanted to send you the 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. Come out and show your support!

WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018. 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 lots of cheers!

If you know of any World War II or Korean War Veterans, the form to get on a list for a future flight can be found here: www.honorflighttwincities.org/, the spring one is full.

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

Dental Clinic at myHealth December 5th

myHealth is hosting another dental clinic for Children’s Dental Services on Tuesday December 5th 9-5, at the Hopkins Clinic.

The clinics fill up fast, so encourage those interested to call and schedule early. Feel free to pass on the attached flyer onto youth and families in need of dental services.  Thanks for helping spread the word!

Have a great day and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Dental Services Flyer


Volunteer Opportunity for Female Veterans

Here is a volunteer opportunity for Female Veterans, please contact the POC for further information:

The Women’s Veterans Initiative (WVI) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity again to participate in a Woman Veteran Build, a day of service, during the week of Veterans Day. The WVI scheduled the day of service for women veterans to work on a Habitat house project on November 10, 2017. Street parking is available at the site. The house is located at the following address:

4397 – 121st Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449

The volunteer day is 8:15am-4:00pm and volunteers are expected to stay for the entire shift. Habitat does not allow split shifts for production and safety reasons.Breakfast, lunch and beverages will also be provided.

POC: If you would like to participate in this event, or have questions, please contact COL (R)(B) Longfellow at: glongfellow160@comcast.net or 612-270-1755.

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

Dr. Gary Goldetsky honored with Seven Seals Award

Dr. Gary Goldetsky accepted this Seven Seals award from ESGR on October 25, 2017 on behalf of the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization. This is the first time that this award has been presented to a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon volunteer. Dr. Goldetsky stated –

“I accept the award on behalf of PBYR and greatly acknowledge all the contributions and efforts from many network members over the years, thank you.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit  http://www.ESGR.mil .

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Goldetsky and the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization.