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
St. Cloud VA HSC
The first Bloomington Family Assistance Center (FAC) Newsletter has been published and has lots of good information. All FAC Newsletters can also be found on the FAC Newsletters page on this site.
Bloomington FAC Newsletter September 2017
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
myHealth is hosting another dental clinic for Children’s Dental Services on Wednesday October 25th 9-4, at our Hopkins Clinic.
The clinics fill up fast, so encourage those interested to call and schedule early.
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
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
Attached and below please find information for MAC V Free Legal Clinic.
When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9am – 2pm
Where: VA Medical Center 1 Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN
FREE Parking at the VA Medical Center
For more information contact: Vetlaw Program – MACV | 651-200-4750
Don’t forget to check out out Calendar of Events page
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.
I 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.
Who: MN Army National Guard Families with Children ages 5-18. We have enough space for up to families of 5. Other families will be put on a wait list.
What: Family Zoo Overnight
When: March 31-April 1, 2017 6:30 p.m.-9:00 a.m.
Where: MN Zoo, Discovery Bay, Apple Valley, MN
How: Register: (www.jointservicessupport.org/Info/45B329) Fee: Kid are no cost. Adults need to pay $47
About: Families will enjoy learning about the new Hawaiian monk seals and sleep next to the watery world of sharks in Discovery Bay. All overnights include behind the scenes tours, a light snack, light breakfast, an Animals After Dark t-shirt, and admission to the zoo the next day.
POC: Laura Groeneweg
MN National Guard
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8695; M: 651.242.6938Email Laura.L.Groeneweg.email@example.com
WHO: Military service members and their families
WHAT: Operation Valentine
WHEN: Saturday February 19, 2017
WHERE: Best Western Chelsea Inn and Suites, 89 Chelsea Rd., Monticello, MN 55362 From 3:00-7:00PM
WHY: Join the 11th Annual Celebration of Operation Valentine at Best Western Chelsea Inn and Suites
HOW: Please RSVP by calling Best Western at (763)-271-8880, by February 13, 2017.
Please see the attached flier for detail information about discounts and other interesting offers that are available.
Operation Valentine 2017 invite.pdf
Since 1899, the VFW has been the nation’s leading veterans service organization in the fight to better the lives of all those who’ve worn the uniform of the United States military.
PBYR values the continuing partnership with the VFW
Military One Source Free tax consultations and electronic filing
What : Free tax consultations and electronic filing for eligible service and family members
Also Specialized Support, helpful articles, and financial counseling available.
How: Call 1-800-342-9647 or go to MilitaryOneSource.mil
Please see the PDF below for complete information.
mos tax service 2017.pdf
WHO: All Branches Currently serving and Veterans
WHAT: Ice Fishing Event
WHEN: Saturday, Feb 4, 2017
WHERE: H4H, West Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN
POC: General Inquires, firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 987-5466
Fishing for Life serves kids, families & communities through fishing and outdoor programs.
The Minnesota Wild 5th annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon awareness night will be held Sunday, January 22 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at:
$53 per Upper Level
$69 per Lower Level – (Standing Rail Only)
$89 per Lower Level
$109 per Club Level
* Ticket to see Wild take on Predators
* Commemorative T-Shirt
* Camouflage Drawstring Bag
* Pre-game on-ice photo at 4:15 p.m.
* Pre-game party in Michelob Golden Light Fan Zone Starting at 4:30 p.m.
* First 500 tickets purchased receive a Minnesota Wild Challenge Coin
All tickets purchased are entered into a drawing for autographed pucks, player cards (winners will be notified at their seats during the game), a drawing for Zamboni Rides and to sit on the bench during pre-game warm-ups (winners will be notified two days before the game.)
PURCHASE TICKETS : Beyond the Yellow Ribbon night
The MN Wild will be proclaimed our 54th Yellow Ribbon Company on this evening as well! A portion of each ticket purchased goes directly back to the St Paul Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
Limited number of tickets are available in each price point and are on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets and support BTYR, simply use the link above Be sure to share after you purchase for your chance at an autographed hockey stick! The more you share, the more chances you have.
Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
MN Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155-2004
2016 Suits for Soldiers – Suit Giveaway
WHAT: Giveaway of gently used and dry-cleaned suits and professional attire for men and women
WHEN: Wednesday November 30, 3016 – 12:00 PM to 4:00PM
WHERE: Farmers Insurance 6625 West 78th Street Bloomington, MN 55439
WHY: To support our veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life
HOW: Go to the address above, browse and try on a gently used and dry-cleaned suit, and take it home.
sfs event invite.pdf