The Heinzen-Ditter & American Legions Veterans Program was a Success!

On Nov. 9, 2019, Dean Sherman and I attended the VFW and American Legion Program.  As usual, the program was well attended with representation from all age groups.  The breakfast was tasty.  And the strength of character and service readily apparent at the VFW.
The Speaker, Major Derek J. Plymate, Ret. reviewed his extensive military history  and some of the  “why” for his service. He served in many dangerous combat zones with temperatures ranging up to 140 F.   On his “safe” days he supervised and moved explosives and munitions of all types. His presentation contained important reminders about service, sacrifice, loss as well as humor.
The many Scouts in attendance listened carefully to Major Plymate’s reflections on service  and his profound respect for other Veterans.  His simple reminder was to always express appreciation to Veterans when possible with “Thanks for your Service ” as this is appreciated.  Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon clearly agrees with his reminder and observation.
Kudos to Jim Heimerl, VFW Commander and his crew in making this program a success.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Veterans breakfast set for Friday, Nov. 8 in Plymouth

Residents are invited to a breakfast honoring veterans and their service to this country. The Veterans Event is set for 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N. Veterans are admitted at no charge and treated to a complimentary breakfast. Cost is $9 for all nonveterans. Registration is requiredAttendees may register in person at the Plymouth Creek Center or by calling 763-509-5280.

A representative from the nonprofit organization Honor Flight Twin Cities will offer information on a program that provides free flights to Washington, D.C., for veterans of World War II and the Korean War.

PBYR receives $10,000 donation from the Plymouth Lions 

Over the summer, the Plymouth Lions further supported PBYR with an additional  $10,000 donation. They value the PBYR mission and our efforts to date. PBYR is very thankful.  Every year the Plymouth Lions make efforts to improve and serve our community. PBYR greatly appreciates their longstanding Support and Trust with PBYR.  Please Hug a Plymouth Lion!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

PBYR Helped Sponsor the Thank MN Troops Block Party

On September 21, 2019 the Heinzen-Ditter served as host to this event and helped recognize and support  the Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund which has assisted  veterans and soldiers for many years.  PBYR managed a hydration station for the 5K run and gave a donation to the  Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund.  The weather was not the most cooperative but the sun finally appeared and there was a good dedicated turnout. Kudos to Joe Bennek and  Jim Heimerl for all their hard work and efforts to make this event a SUCCESS.  And despite all the hard work, Jim even had the energy to do the run as the photo documents!

 

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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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.