Military OneSource March Dynamic Group Discussions

One source connecting you to your best MilLife


Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8-9 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET

Facilitated by: John Mack, MSW

Military OneSource is pleased to offer dynamic group discussions where you can see, text and chat with licensed counselors and a small group of other service members and their families online.

Getting ready for a PCS or other move? Join our relocation expert and others just like you to discuss ways to manage the stress of relocating and learn practical tips to help you get ready for your move.

March 2018 DGD Moving Again.pdf


Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
Contractor | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit or call: 800-342-9647


Supporting Military Children with Traumatic Grief

Child Traumatic Grief Series
Supporting Military Children with Traumatic Grief

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am PT/ 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Allegheny Health Network; Robin Goodman, PhD ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Bereavement Center; Zaneta Gilano, LMSW, CT, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Carole, family member

During both peace and conflict, children with parents in the military face unique military related stressors. Military children may develop childhood traumatic grief following the death of a caregiver from combat or non-combat situations. This presentation will provide an overview of issues specific to military culture and family life, describe two models for treating military children with traumatic grief, and will highlight a military consumer voice.

Developmental Trauma Disorder: Identifying Critical Moments and Healing Complex Trauma Series 
Guiding Youth through Loss and Betrayal

Date/Time: Thursday, February 15 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT

Mark your calendars for the next Developmental Trauma Disorder Training Webinar coming in February. And in case you missed it, watch the first two clinical training webinars here:

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New Resources for Military Families: 
Sesame Street for Military Families

Sesame Street for Military Families has released new content! Visit the link below to find interactive games, videos, and printable activities for military families to do with their preschool children. Topics include staying healthy together, creating fun and meaningful birthday traditions, encouraging children’s self-expression, making changes more comfortable, and so much more!



New Guide for Parents and Caregivers:
Talking to Your Child About a Suicide Death

The death of a loved one is the most difficult life event that many children ever experience. A death due to suicide can be especially hard to face. Parents and caregivers may feel overwhelmed as they try to decide what to tell their children about a suicide death while struggling with their own grief over how the person died. This new guide includes tips for caregivers in preparing to tell their children about a suicide death and helping children to grieve in healthy ways.

Talking to Your Child About a Suicide Death


Upcoming Webinar:
Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) will host a 90-minute webinar that highlights emerging trends, case studies, and research on human trafficking and substance use with a specific focus on the opioid crisis. Presenters Elizabeth Hopper (Project Director of REACH, the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute), Audrey Morrissey (Associate Director of My Life My Choice), and Ginny Sprang (Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky) will discuss (1) the role of substance use for individuals at risk of, currently experiencing, or recovering from trafficking; (2) trauma-informed approaches from provider, client-based, and research perspectives to understand contributing factors to vulnerability; and (3) promising practices and treatment options that address the underlying issues that put victims and survivors at risk.

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Register here


New Resource:

Network members Virginia Strand and Ginny Sprang have edited a comprehensive referenceTrauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems (Springer 2018), which offers a framework for introducing and sustaining trauma-responsive services and culture in child welfare systems. Organized around concepts of safety, permanency, and well-being, chapters describe innovations in child protection, violence prevention, foster care, and adoption services to reduce immediate effects of trauma on children and improve long-term development and maturation. Foundations and interventions for practice include collaborations with families and community entities, cultural competency, trauma-responsive assessment and treatment, promoting trauma-informed parenting and, when appropriate, working toward reunification of families. The book’s chapters on agency culture address staffing, supervisory, and training issues; planning and implementation; and developing a competent, committed, and sturdy workforce.

Topics covered include the following: (1) trauma-informed family engagement with resistant clients; (2) introducing evidence-based trauma treatment in preventive services; (3) working with resource parents for trauma-informed foster care; (4) use of implementation science principles in program development for sustainability; (5) trauma-informed and secondary traumatic stress-informed organizational readiness assessments; and (6) caseworker training for trauma practice and building worker resiliency.

For more information


New Article:

R. Rodriguez-Rey, J. Alonso-Tapia, N. Kassam-Adams, and H. Garrido-Hernansaiz are authors of the article The Factor Structure of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory in Parents of Critically Ill Children, published in 2016 in the Spanish journal Psicothema (Volume 28, Issue 4) and available in English and Spanish at the link below. The study analyzed the factor structure of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) in a sample of parents whose children had survived a critical hospitalization, in order to consider the structural validity of the PTGI scores for this population and to report our understanding of posttraumatic growth (PTG) as a construct. PTG was conceptualized as consisting of changes in three broad dimensions: self, interpersonal relationships, and philosophy of life. Authors studied 143 parents who completed the PTGI six months after their child’s discharge from pediatric intensive care. The PTGI scores’ factor structure was studied through confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) of different models supported in prior research, followed by an exploratory principal component analysis (PCA). While prior models tested through CFA did not provide an acceptable fit for the data, through exploratory PCA, three components emerged that explained 73.41% of the variance: personal growth, interpersonal growth, and transpersonal growth. Subsequent CFAs on this three-factor model showed that a bifactor model had the best fit. Authors concluded that the three dimensions initially theorized appear to be robust, which supports the structural validity of its scores.



New Article:

C. D. Santiago, A. K. Fuller, J. M. Lennon, and S. H. Kataoka had their article Parent Perspectives from Participating in A Family Component For CBITS: Acceptability of A Culturally Informed School-Based Program published in 2016 inPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy (Volume 8, Issue 3). They explored parents’ responses to a family component developed as an addition to the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). The family component was developed to improve engagement and participation in CBITS and to support parents’ skill-building. To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the family component from the perspective of parents who participated, qualitative interviews were conducted with 15 low-income, Latino parents (80% female; 80% immigrants; average age = 38.07). Researchers found that parents (1) agreed that there was a need for programs like CBITS; (2) expressed a firm belief in the importance of parental involvement with their children and schools; and (3) reported a high level of satisfaction with the family component, indicating that it was beneficial to them, culturally relevant, and that they would recommend it to others. Parents noted some logistical barriers to participation and areas for improvement. Overall, the results of the study indicate that CBITS + Family is an appropriate, acceptable, and feasible intervention for Latino families. Supplemental data from children whose parents participated in the program provided further support for the value of the family component. Authors also discussed clinical implications for implementing culturally sensitive, school-based interventions.



New Article:

Michelle Sherman, Jenna Gress Smith, Kristy Straits-Troster, Jessica Larsen, and Abigail Gewirtz are the authors of Veterans’ Perceptions of the Impact of PTSD on Their Parenting and Children published in Psychological Services (Volume 13, Issue 4) in 2016. Although considerable research has examined the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on couples and partners, relatively little is known about how it can affect parenting, children, and the parent-child relationship. While adverse effects of parental PTSD on child functioning have been documented, the processes by which these outcomes occur are unknown. Additionally, parents’ perspectives on how their PTSD affects parenting and children have yet to be studied. This 3-site, mixed methods exploratory study included 19 veteran parents who had a diagnosis of PTSD. Participants were recruited from Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. Veterans participated in focus groups or individual interviews and completed questionnaires, responding to questions about the effects of PTSD on their functioning as parents. Two sets of themes emerged from the qualitative inquiry: (1) Veterans reported parenting difficulties that were associated with three PTSD symptom clusters, including avoidance, alterations in arousal and reactivity, and negative alterations of cognitions and mood; and (2) Veterans described both emotional (e.g., hurt, confusion, frustration, fear) and behavioral (e.g., withdrawal, mimicking parents’ behavior) reactions in their children. Veterans also shared numerous ways in which their children provided practical and emotional support. Authors offer implications of these findings for future research, program development, and clinical care, including a free online parenting resource for veterans with PTSD based on this research.

For more information

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

PBYR meets with Medtronic’s Veteran Employment Resource Group

PBYR met with Medtronic’s Veteran Employment Resource Group (VERG) over lunch on Oct. 23, 2017 to discuss PBYR’s history and the type of projects completed to date. Another focus of the meeting was to discuss the needs often seen with Service Members, Veterans and their families.  It was a good meeting and all agreed to continue the dialogue. VERG was alerted to PBYR’s partnership with Heinzen-Ditter VFW and encouraged to dialogue with all on creative projects and options.

DAV Donor Connect

The Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota has established the Donor Connect Program to connect veterans and their families in need of used durable medical equipment with medical equipment donors. The goal of the program is to build better lives for all Minnesota veterans and/or family members.

I had a wonderful conversation yesterday with a representative from the American Red Cross who mistakenly had been telling people the Donor Connect Program accepted hospital beds. Just as a gentle reminder due to sanitary reasons Donor Connect is unable to accept hospital beds, commodes and personal care items as donations. I am always happy to give references for these types of items however! Yesterday I also was in contact with a Home Health Aid Training Center in Minneapolis who may be looking for a few electric hospital beds and other items for training of their staff. If you know of organizations in your area that are in need of personal care items (unopened adult incontinence items, diabetic supplies, liquid nutrition supplies etc.) please let me know so I can follow-up with them to see if I can use them as sources for people calling with them for donations.

I have received a number of responses from my requests for scooter batteries and have decided to hold off on requesting them at this point until I am able to track how many possible donations would require a new battery.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from the information in this email or donation list please feel free to share it or my contact information with them.

Donor Connect Updated weekly listing 9.26.17


Stephanie Zeimetz

St. Cloud VA HSC

Donor Connect


PBYR Assists a Deployed Service Member with a Move to a new Home

PBYR Assists a Deployed Service Member with a Move to a new Home

In September,  2017 a service member from Plymouth was deployed  right before the family’s scheduled  move to a new home.  PBYR was contacted and paid for support from a local moving company to assist the service member’s wife and 2 young children with the move.  All went well and we wish them health and happiness in their new home!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chair

An update from Donor Connect

Good Afternoon Donor Connect Friends

It’s hard to believe we are already into the second full week of August. Before long we will be dealing with that S stuff and I’m not referring about sunshine unfortunately. With the changing in seasons I am anticipating an increased need for mobility equipment such as scooters so Veterans and their families can safely ambulate with poorer weather which will increase the demand on vehicle lifts to transport these items.

I wanted to thank everyone who helped with the extra request sent out last week for a more specialized electric wheelchair for a Veteran suffering from Windswept Deformity even with DAV National Conference going on I was overwhelmed with offers, emails, calls and information from many people. I am happy to say as of Friday a wheelchair was found and pick-up arrangements were being made.

There is still a notable request for a handicapped vehicle, if anyone has information or another organization that may be able to assist this Veteran please let me know so I can pass the information along.

Our requested items list is starting to grow, which is not due to the lack of equipment but a noted increase in requests from all over the state due to an up-tic of equipment placements. Thank you CVSO Offices and BTYR for referring Veterans and their families to me!

Yesterday I received a call from the Scott County VSO office at 10:49am about a wife of a Veteran interested in donating a scooter and it was placed with a Veteran pending pick-up by 12:57pm. There have been 13 equipment placements just since July 25th and many connections made through referring Veterans to the DAV Chapters/Members who run their own programs if they are geographically closer to the requestor.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from the information listed in this email or know someone who would like to be added to the mailing list please feel free to forward it to them or have them get in touch with me to be added to the mailing list.

Have a phenomenal day!

Donor Connect needed & available items.pdf

  • Stephanie Zeimetz
  • St. Cloud VA HSC
  • Donor Connect
  • (320)828-6761


KUDOS to The Plymouth Lions !!!!

In June 2017, the Plymouth Lions gave a $4000.00 donation to PBYR.  This very generous gift represents continuing annual support and trust with PBYR since 2012. We greatly appreciate the Plymouth Lions’ longstanding assistance, trust and partnering in the PBYR mission. This donation was greatly needed and appreciated and will  help in the mission of PBYR to serve service members, Vets and their families.  The  PBYR Board of Directors greatly appreciates the longstanding support and friendship with the Plymouth Lions!!

Gary Goldetsky, PBYR President

Joining Community Forces-MN Conference Series

You are cordially invited to save the date for the 2017 Joining Community Forces-MN Conference Series. JCF-MN Conferences unite Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers, service providers, and community leaders for the purpose of sharing best practices, building relationships, and providing updates on military support initiatives. Mark your calendar and share this opportunity with your colleagues and committee members. Registration is now open! For additional information please see the PDF below.

2017 JCF-MNConference_Registration_FALL2017.pdf

Roger Jensen Passes Away

military-funeralI am sorry to inform you that Roger Jensen passed away due to cancer related to Agent Orange. Roger was the Assistant Commander at The Hamel American Legion and a courageous man! He will be buried Monday, February 27th at 11:00 pm. His service will take place at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Corcoran. Roger called Commander Bill Roberts several weeks ago requesting an Honor Guard at his service. Immediately after Mass we will move to the cemetery behind the church for Final Honors. We will be outside for a period of time so dress appropriately.

I spoke with Roger’s wife Sandra. I told her there would be a Rifle Volley, Taps and Flag Presentation. She said that’s what Roger wanted. I’m asking all of you to make a special effort to participate. We will meet at the Hamel American Legion at 9:00 pm. Please contact me ASAP and let me know if you are able to attend. Thank you.

Jim Heimerl

(651) 261-3111