Get a great meal and support the PBYR at the same time.

Potbelly flyer

Get a great meal and support the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at the same time. Next event is Wednesday, December 20th.


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 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:, 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

Veterans Day Celebration – November 11

The Hamel American Legion and the Hamel VFW is sponsoring a Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 11th. Food 7:30-8:45 with Program 9:00-10:00 am (see PDF flyer below).

This year we are serving a special breakfast of “Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast” (SOS) along with our regular breakfast (numerous veterans have requested SOS over the years). We have a great Guest Speaker lined up, good food and plenty of service banter. Most importantly we get a chance to thank our veterans for their service and to welcome them home!

This event is open to the public. Take a moment and invite your veteran family members and friends. This is also an excellent learning moment for scouts, church and school groups. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll ask the guy down the block, the one who always wears his military ball cap, if you can buy him breakfast that morning.  That would be nice!! SF

2017 Vet Day Celeb.PDF

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

Hamel VFW Halloween Costume Dance

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Halloween Dinner & Costume Dance on Saturday, October 21st from 5-11:00 pm. Food from 5-8 and music from 7-10:30. Prizes will be given to the three best costumes. The 1st place prize is a $1,200.00 “Limousine Bus Night”. The bus holds 22 people. Call for reservations if you have a large party.

A portion of the proceeds is going to Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon. The VFW will make a second donation to a Plymouth City school. A teacher has received permission to put the American Flags back in the class room and asked for the VFW’s assistance.

HHC Family Day Picnic – September 17, 2017

Hello my fellow Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Communities: I have an opportunity to serve our Service Members on 17 September 2017. The attached flyer has all the information for the event and is a great time to directly interface with our service members and their families. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska has participated in these over the past few years and they are a lot of fun and the families really appreciate the help.

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska will be helping by cooking and serving of the food for the military families. We are also going to make a cash donation to the unit to help defray some of the costs of the event.

If you are interested in your community or network getting involved please let me know and I’ll forward you the POC information. I hope that all local Communities and networks are able to help and support this event and I look forward to seeing you there.

HHC Family Day Flyer.PDF.


  • Mark Muhlenkort
  • 612-310-8356
  • Proud member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska

Complimentary 2017 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Books

Complimentary 2017 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Books

JFHQ has received complimentary 2017 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain books from BTYR / Minnesota State Fair.

Books can be picked up at the Veterans Service Building (20 West 12th Street in St. Paul) in my work area on the 4th floor.

NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS will be accepted to reserve books, first come-first served.  If you are outside of the metro area, contact someone you know in the area to pick up booklet for you.

Diane M. Buszta
Executive Administrative Assistant to
MG Neal G. Loidolt, Deputy Adjutant General
BG Johanna Clyborne, Assistant Adjutant General
COL Brian Melton, Joint Chief of Staff Minnesota Department Military Affairs
20 – 12th Street West
Veterans Service Building
Saint Paul, MN 55155
(651) 268.8925

Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque: “Funraiser” Success!!

Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque:  “Funraiser” Success!!

On August 22, 2017 the Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque raised $813.31!   Kudos to Kersten and Allan’s outreach efforts at the barbeque!  Also,  Allan helped with the cash management and related details even though he was scheduled to take a part of the CPA exam the next day.  Who ever said accountants can’t concentrate on 2 things at the same time?   PBYR  greatly appreciates ALL of Allan’s excellent professional efforts with PBYR over the years!!

Allan with Holi the Turtle

Kersten working hard as always

Also, PBYR greatly appreciates the ongoing support from Liz & the  Plymouth Station Holiday staffers!! This was our 6th event at Holiday!!  Please  be sure to express appreciation to Plymouth Station Holiday and stop there for gas, food and car washes as needed—they have been super supporters of PBYR!!

**Also, PBYR wishes to express appreciation to Congressman Erik Paulsen and his staff for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit, buy a burger and support  PBYR’s efforts with assisting service members, veterans and family!!


PBYR’s 1st Event with Potbelly is a Success: $336.50 Donated

PBYR’s 1st Event with Potbelly is a Success:  $336.50 Donated

Potbelly at 3235 Vicksburg Lane North in Plymouth, MN

On August 16, 2017 Potbelly hosted a fundraiser and $336.50 was donated to PBYR to use to assist service members, Vets and family. The event went well and the Potbelly staff was very accommodating and as a result the manager requested a “monthly partnership” on the 3rd Wednesday of EVERY month from 5 PM to 8 PM!!!!!!!

PBYR welcomes and highly values this partnership. Please support Potbelly, have a meal  and express thanks to them for sponsoring a monthly PBYR fundraiser. Kersten Beckstrom provided  assistance with outreach efforts and as a result of her efforts several individuals asked to receive PBYR communications.   PBYR wishes to express appreciation with Plymouth Police Officers that came to Potbelly as well as Plymouth Council Member Jim Davis!!

Nevin Nylin, Potbelly Manager wrote:

Gary and Kersten,

The crew loved the event last night, even with the storms your group did well… With your event going well and the turnout was good, would you guys be interested in doing a monthly partnership?

Nevin Nylin

GMTL/GMCLServsafe Instructor/Proctor
3235 Vicksburg Lane N
Plymouth, MN 55447

PBYR will be at Potbelly’s on the 3rd Wednesday of EVERY month from 5 PM to 8 PM!


PBYR Participates at Plymouth Home Depot’s Military Appreciation Day Event

PBYR greatly appreciated Kersten Beckstrom’s expert assistance at the Home Depot event on Saturday Aug 5th.  As a Board member she regularly contributes to the PBYR mission. We were able to visit  with fellow vendors and shared several tables with the Heinzen-Ditter VFW,  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the American Legion.   There was a  light stream of folks visiting our tables.

Several people decided to join our network on Saturday and will be added to our mail distribution list soon.  We received a very small amount of donations, however the real purpose of the event is for  PBYR to express appreciation to Vets and Service Members and support our partner Home Depot in the event.  Jim Heimerl expertly demonstrated flag folding and gave some history about handling the flag.

We gave out Girl Scout cookies  and chocolate candy at the event.  **Chocolate candy and warm weather may not be the best match—some kids really needed to be hosed down after the chocolate!! Suspect their parents will forever remember PBYR!

Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an IRS certified 501c3 organization will participate in three events in August, 2017

Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an IRS certified 501c3 organization will participate in 3 Events in August, 2017.

  • On Aug 5th from 10-2PM PBYR will host a table at Plymouth Home Depot for Military Appreciation Day.
  • On Aug 16th from 5PM – 8PM PBYR will have a Fundraiser at the Potbelly Restaurant, located at 3235 Vicksburg Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55447 (please announce you are from PBYR).
  • On Aug 22nd from 10:30AM -1:30 PM PBYR  will have a barbeque at Holiday Gas @ Plymouth Station,  16825 County Rd 24, Plymouth, MN.  This is the 6th barbeque that Plymouth Holiday Station has hosted for PBYR.  All proceeds (including car washes) are donated to PBYR.

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

Annual Operation Gown Giveaway

Annual Operation Gown Giveaway

Credit – Lea Ferrante Photography

WHO: Active Duties, Veterans and Active First Responders
WHAT: Celebrate Our Heroes
WHEN: Kickoff July 5th, 2017
WHERE: Operation Wedding Gown giveaway events in salons across the country
WHY: In an effort to support our communities
HOW: For more information, locate a salons near you or register at and bring proper identity.
POC: Donna Soda Phone 877-650-3309

BAA July 2017 Operation Gown Press Release.pdf

July 2017 OWG Flyer.pdf

Hamel VFW Dance Night – Saturday, June 17

The Hamel VFW is hosting another “Dinner & Dance Night” featuring the Del Counts on Saturday, June 17th. Food is served from 5-8 and the Del Counts are on stage from 7-10:30. This is a low-key event heading into the Hamel Rodeo. The menu is a chef’s choice and I’m good with that as long as it’s not liver (kidding…the food is always tasty). Wear old jeans, a t-shirt and boots if you’ve got them. Come to the  “V” and party with some neat people who like to dance and have old-fashion fun. Remember, the VFW has a full ballroom.

Lake trails Camping Events

Lake trails is an amazing and unique camping experience. Teens will be pushed to their limits and learn they can do things they didn’t think they could. Lake trails offers a military scholarship of $170. See their website for more details.

Who: Military Teens ages 13-18 (All Branches)
What: Lake trails Camp: Experience a 9 day Outdoor Adventure at Lake of the Woods. Campers will have an experience of a lifetime and will canoe, cook their own food, portage and set-up camp.
When: This summer! Check the website for open sessions.
Where: Lake of the Woods, Oak Island, MN (Transportation is available)
POC: Sue Lemm,

Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Events page

Military Appreciation night for the St. Paul Saints – FREE tickets

Please see attached for more information for FREE St. Paul Saints games for military members and their families.

What: Free Saints games against the Kansas City TBones


Where: CHS Field



Don’t forget to check our Calendar of Events page

Variety of Military discounts just waiting for you

Below are some military specials and discounts offered for theme parks, national parks, and attractions. When making hotel arrangements, always request a military discount as MANY hotels do offer them. I do also update our MN Family Assistance Facebook page regularly with discounts and area specials. If you are on Facebook you can find us under: Military Family Assistance Centers of Minnesota

For those having Family Days, Unit events, or BTYR Events: I still have Girl Scout cookies, kids games puzzles and toys, and can request coffee. Please let me know if you can use any of these items, this will be first come first served. Please call to make pick up arrangements.

MN Hunting/Fishing discounts for military members:

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through

Free National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes for Active Duty Military Members and their Families:

For those Home Projects: Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program