February Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Newsletter

Attached you’ll find February’s Edition of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Newsletter.  This month’s issue includes saluting healthy hearts for the month of February. The resources of the month are Military OneSource and the MN Military & Veteran Exchange. There is also news from Yellow Ribbon companies and from across the state! 


Ellyn E. Emde
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program OIC
MN Family Programs, J1
(O): 651-268-8538
(C): 651-334-0302

147th Human Resources Company
Rear Detachment Commander
Arden Hills, MN


CAPSH is now renamed to CAP-HC.  They are expanding from suburban Hennepin County to include all Hennepin County residents.

For more information on the agency and our programs, or to download agency brochures please visit http://www.caphennepin.org or call 952-933-9639. To request copies of our program brochures, please contact alee@capsh.org . For a complete list of locations, please visit http://www.caphennepin.org/contact-us/For additional information please see the PDF below.


Free Drop-in Clinics Minneapolis/Anoka


Below please find the information for upcoming Veteran Drop-in Legal Clinics in the Metro area:

What: MAC V Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 9am  until 2pm

Where: VA Medical Center Flag Atrium Balcony Room 2S 114 (ask information desk for directions) 1 Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN (FREE Parking at the VA Medical Center)

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What: MAC V Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

When: March 2, 2017 from 9am until 3pm

Where: Anoka County Government Center 2100 3rd Avenue – Room 237, Anoka, MN 55303

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BeThere Assistance Program

pbyr-betherelogoA new resource available for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve members and their families. Please see the PDF’s below for additional information.

Who: BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center.

What: Call and speak to a Veteran or military spouse when you need to:

  • Talk to someone who shares your military experience
  • Connect to resources
  • Get support in any area of life

Peer specialists support you after your call with follow-up for as long as
you want it.

Where/How: Chat: https://BeTherePeerSupport.com
Text: 480-360-6188
Call : 844-357-PEER (7337)



Military OneSource Tax Services are Free


A reminder to all eligible service members that Military OneSource’s tax link for free tax services will be available starting: January 16th 2017. At this time service members can login if they already have a login, call our tax consultants and start the filing process (ensure they have all there W2’s). If service members do not ave a login it is very easy to do (takes about 5 mins) to create one. This is a great resource for service members to take advantage of!

****Remember service members can file 1 federal and up to 3 state returns.

For more information visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil .


Military Family Assistance Specialist Jonell Wilson has moved

MovingGood Day,

I am now settled into my new office. Because the building is so new it does not show up on Google Maps yet.  For now, please use the following address for the Arden Hills Army Training site: 1245 County Hwy 96, Arden Hills, MN 55112.

Once you turn into AHATS please use these directions to get to the Ben Franklin Readiness Center:
Once you turn on Hamline, you will keep going until you hit Ben Franklin Rd. and take a left. (Do not enter the gated fenced area) Once you are on Ben Franklin Rd., you will come up to a government gas station on your left hand side. Once you are at the gas station keep going straight and you will hit a dirt road. Once you hit the dirt road take an immediate left and it will turn into a paved road. That road will bring you up to the Ben Franklin Readiness Center. You will have to let me know when you are on your way because we keep all the doors locked.

We are working on ordering more street signs so that the building can be more readily found to the public.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

FYI: I have toys and MORE COMING!!! I also have lots of school supplies leftover that are outside my office and ready to take!

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Ben Franklin Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr.
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055

Military OneSource FREE Tax Services

Military1SourceFree Tax Services Available Through Military OneSource

Why pay for tax software when you don’t have to? Managing your finances or getting help filing your taxes doesn’t cost you a dime through Military OneSource. Military OneSource provides free tax preparation and filing services and tax consultations.

Military OneSource tax preparation and filing services

Through the Military OneSource tax preparation and filing service, a provider will walk you through a series of questions to help you complete your tax return. This service allows you to:
Complete and electronically file your federal and up to three state tax forms Check your electronic filing status Rest easy knowing the vendor is by your side if you get audited Get 100 percent accurate calculations or the vendor will reimburse you up to $10,000

This online software product is easy to use, and technical assistance is available if you need it. For technical assistance, such as login issues, using the software, printing returns, etc. or for any personal tax-related questions, call 855-897-8639 and follow the prompts.

FYI: Military One Source also offers FREE financial and budget counseling with a certified Financial counselor!

2016 Children’s Dental Services

cdsCDS MISSION: Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services (CDS) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community.

CDS provides care to:

  • · Children from birth to 21 (up to 26 with insurance or full pay) and
  • · Pregnant women of all ages

Attached please find an updated flyer and information for Children’s Dental Services including their 2016 schedule for the Wayzata office. Please share this information with appropriate staff, peers, and families.

PBYR – 2016 CDS

Wayzata Office Service Dates for 2016:

February 18th

April 21st

June 16th

August 18th

October 20th

December 15th

Please visit their website for more information: http://childrensdentalservices.org/