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 http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com 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)
Register: http://laketrails.org/info/#camp-rates-and-schedule
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

When: SUNDAY, MAY 28TH 3:30PM- GATES OPEN 5:05PM- FIRST PITCH

Where: CHS Field

7-05-28-usaa-military-appreciation-saints.pdf

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS CALL 651-644-6659

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 https://www.facebook.com/mn.militaryfamilyassistancecenters/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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:
http://dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/military/print.html

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through Military.com:
http://www.military.com/discounts/travel

Free National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes for Active Duty Military Members and their Families:
https://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html

For those Home Projects: Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/lowes-expands-changes-its-military-discount-program

Hamel VFW celebrating Armed Forces Day May 20

ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

We’re throwing an Armed Forces Day “steak fry and dance” on Saturday, May 20th at The Hamel VFW. Our theme that night is a patriotic one so show your colors!

There will be multiple drawings throughout the night for some terrific prizes. The “grand prize” is a $750.00 Limo Bus Night. The bus holds 20 people. Remember, I’ve always dreamed about riding on a party bus my whole life if you win. 😊 There will be drink specials along with a great steak dinner!! The Fabulous Del Counts are playing great classic rock that you can dance to on our full ballroom floor. Stop in for dinner and dance afterwards. We don’t dance enough anymore. Please pass the word….

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

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

Teen Summit 2017

Sign your teens up today for a great experience and connecting with other military teens. Learn how to manage the Rough Waters of life and lean on others who understand military culture.

Who: 40 MN National Guard Teens (other branches will be added to the waiting list)

What: 7th Annual MN Military Teen Summit. Teens will participate in workshops, teambuilding and leadership activities. There will be a national speaker, service project, and more! Please see flyer for details.

When: 16-18 June 17

Where: Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, MN

How: www.jointservicessupport.org/events

POC: Laura Groeneweg
MN National Guard
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8695
M: 651.242.6938
Laura.L.Groeneweg.ctr@mail.mil

Armed Forces Day Steak Fry & Dance

ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

We’re throwing an Armed Forces Day “steak fry and dance” on Saturday, May 20th at The Hamel VFW. Our theme that night is a patriotic one so show your colors!

There will be multiple drawings throughout the night for some terrific prizes. The “grand prize” is a $750.00 Limo Bus Night. The bus holds 20 people. Remember, I’ve always dreamed about riding on a party bus my whole life if you win. 😊 There will be drink specials along with a great steak dinner!! The Fabulous Del Counts are playing great classic rock that you can dance to on our full ballroom floor. Stop in for dinner and dance afterwards. We don’t dance enough anymore. Please pass the word….

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

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

Veteran Business Workshop

Great Veterans Business Opportunities

 

WHAT: Veteran Business Workshop
WHO: Veterans and Spouses
WHEN: May 20, 2017 8:00am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Mpls VA Medical Center 1 Veteran Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
WHY: Opportunity to Learn from Experts and Successful Veteran Business Owners
HOW: Registration $10 includes continental breakfast, lunch plus an Einstein
Bagels Gift Card (combined up to $17 value). Space is limited to the first 150 registrants, so register now at http://bit.ly/VeteransInBusiness or call (651) 632-8937. Please see the attached document for additional information.

Vet Start Business – Build Business Event may 20

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

Women Veterans Gala

Chapter 28 MN Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Olmsted County Veterans Services invites Women Veterans of Southern Minnesota to celebrate, laugh, learn, and enjoy the company of other Women Veterans! See PDF below for additional info.

First 100 Women Veteran registrants get a free T-shirt. Please include your shirt size with RSVP.

Allison Gill

Date: Thursday, May 18,  2017

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.: Happy hour, appetizers, mingling
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7 – 9 p.m.: Guest Speakers including Allison Gill

17-05-18-rochester-dav-women-veterans-gala_tcm1066-289967.PDF

Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache
1517 16th ST  SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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

 

Military Appreciation Grouse Dog

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society Service Appreciation Grouse Dog

WHAT: An opportunity for young military family member to be awarded a free puppy
WHO: Military children ages (10 -17 yrs.) With parents’ approval
WHEN: Complete application must be received by July 31, 2017
WHERE: The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society
WHY: This is an opportunity that will bring smile on the face of the winners from a qualified participating military families
HOW: Please see the attached document for more details, and email your application to bpettitj@gmail.com . You can also mail complete application to the attention of Bill Pettit at 7313 Amberwood Lane Savage, MN 55378.

Winning applicant will be awarded at Twin Cities RGS annual banquet on August 23, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center Minnesota.

MILPuppy Military Apprecation Form 2017.pdf

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

Veterans on the Water Event – June 11

What: Boat Show/ Silent Auction

When: June 11th-Sunday at 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington, Mn.

Please see attached for more information, or to contact if you have a Veteran in mind for this program. Look us up on the Web. www.veteransonthewater.com . Please call if you have any questions as I am sure I left something out. Steve Gillaspie 651-353-5050

2017 Veterans on the Water Fundraiser

Ride for Hope Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna T-Shirt Sale

 

2017 Annual Ride for Hope Event

Please support Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna T-Shirt Sale

 

WHAT: 9th Annual Ride for Hope
WHO: Veterans, Military and their families
WHEN: July 15th. 8am registration 10am Kickstand
WHERE: Owatonna Eagles Club – 141 Rose St. (Start and Finish)
WHY: Support Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna by purchasing a T-Shirt; Each shirt is $15 and 100% of the proceeds goes to the organization that sells them.
HOW: Please see attached for detail or Call Sarah Frazier for more information about how to purchase your shirt
POC: Sarah Frazier Chair Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna Phone: 507-213-6891

2017 MDVA Women Veterans Conference – May 25

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 2017 Women Veterans Conference!

WHAT: 2017 MDVA Women Veterans Conference
WHO: ALL Ages, Eras, Branches, Transitioning Military Women WELCOME!
WHEN: May 25, 2017 * 8:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Ramada Plymouth Hotel and Conference Center 2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441
WHY: Its Free, There will be a great benefit assistance, Veteran resources and organizations on site and many great things.
HOW: To register, or for more information, http://www.MinnesotaVeteran.org/WomenVeterans * 1-888-LinkVet

Valleyfair is honoring our hometown heroes with Military Days

What: Valleyfair is honoring our hometown heroes with Free admission during Military Days

When: Memorial Weekend (May 26-29) and Fourth of July Weekend (July 1-4)

Who: Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Along with free admission, members of the military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $35.00 plus tax per ticket. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this offer.

For more information, please see attached PDF or visit: https://www.valleyfair.com/events/things-to-do/special-events/Military-Appreciation-Days

Valley Fair Military Special.pdf

DAV of MN Golf Classic – June 14

We are reaching out to pass along our sponsorship information for our upcoming Disabled American Veterans of MN Annual Golf Classic on June 14 at “The Wilds” in Prior Lake. If you could push this information out to your BYRN networks it would be greatly appreciated. This event is one of our main contributors to filling a gap in veteran transportation to and from VA medical appointments. We are growing and expanding our reach across the state in order to reach more veterans. This would not be possible without the support of this event. Thank you for all you do in our MN communities to improve the lives of our veterans, service members, and their families.

Sponsor Letter 2017.pdf

Golf Classic Brochure.pdf

Additional free tickets have been provided for the St Paul Osman Shrine Circus

WHAT: Free Tickets to the St Paul Osman Shrine Circus

WHO: Veterans, Military and their families

WHEN: Thursday March 30, 2017 Starting at 7:00pm

WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

WHY: An opportunity for military, veterans and their families to spend great time together.

HOW: Contact SPC. Kesselly at the Family Programs Office in Cottage Grove. Free Tickets are available for Service members, veterans and their families on a first come first serve basis.

POC: SPC. Kesselly (651)-282-4284