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Tillman Honor Run

 

Tillman

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PRINCE – Live on the big screen!
Presented by Paisley Park

 

Who:  Service Members, Veterans, and their families
What:  Buy one get one free ticket offer
Where:  Target Center, Minneapolis
When:  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm – Changed to April 20, 2018
Why:  To celebrate Prince’s legendary career!
How:  BOGO DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!  Go to:  http://bit.ly/2018princebogo

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Scoops for Troops

Scoops for Troops

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Suicide Prevention Awareness and Intervention Program

 

Suicide Prevention

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Ironwood Spring Ranch – Family/Couple retreat opportunities

Who:  Service Members, Veterans, and their families
What:  “Operation Welcome Home” is a series of retreats hosted by Ironwood Springs free of charge
Where:  Miracle Lodge Retreat and Conference Center at Ironwood Springs, Stewartville, MN
When:  Various dates, see below
Why:  To strengthen marriages, develop strong family connections, and have fun!
How:  To register, go to their website, http://ironwoodsprings.com/operationwelcomehome
POC:  Tracy Bashore at:  tracy@ironwoodsprings.com, or (507)533-4315

Upcoming Dates:
April 20-22 – Military Marriage Retreat
July 20-27 – Camp Gratitude Family Camp week
October 19-21 – Fall Family Retreat

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class – May 11th

Attached is a flyer for a Youth Mental Health First Aid class that we are offering on May 11th at the North Memorial Health Specialty Center located at 3435 West Broadway Ave in Robbinsdale. This class is free, but space is limited – register early!  To register for this class, please visit northmemorial.com/events.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Flyer FINAL_May 11

Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Health are partnering with
the Minnesota Department of Health to offer this Youth Mental Health
First Aid class in our community.

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Resolving Anger – Dynamic Group Discussion

Resolving Anger

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Hamburger Nights in Hugo

Hamburger Nght

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April FAC Newsletter

Happy Spring! Please see attached the April edition of the FAC Newsletter. This month we focus on Month of the Military Child. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you in any way. There are some very useful and fun links in this newsletter that you and your child may enjoy.

2018 April FAC Newsletter

Have a wonderful day!

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
Skyline Contractor
MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

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HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE – APRIL 14TH

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The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance on Saturday, April 14th from 5-11:30. Food will be served from 5-8:00 pm. The band Tail Spin will play from 7-11:30. These folks play great country and classic rock.

Grab your boots and head to the “V”!

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YMCA presents “A Run For Everyone” Minneapolis Fun Run

 

Who:  Everyone!
What:  Family-friendly fun run
Where:  Bde Maka Ska (Formerly Lake Calhoun), Minneapolis, MN
When:  Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Register now at: https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/15104

**Volunteer opportunities are available if you are looking for volunteer time or something to do while family and friends run.  Register to help at:  http://signup.com/go/eLxuhsJ 

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Military Kids – Bear a Lot

Bear a lot

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April – Month of the Military Child

Military Child month

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Please help promote Crisis Text Line!

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As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Now we need your help in getting the word out!

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FREE Books

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The Ridgedale YMCA just finished its annual media drive to help support our scholarship program. We always end up with extra boxes of media and would like to offer these to our community partners. We have about 70 boxes left of media items which include: vhs, dvd’s, cd’s, Books (teen, fiction, non-fiction and more). Please email Kit Swanson atkit.swanson@ymcamn.org if you would be able to use some of these at your sites or in your programs. These are free and available for pick up almost any time during the Y’s open hours.

 

Kit Swanson
Camp Christmas Tree Director &
Outreach Director of Ridgedale YMCA

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DAV Donor Connect – April 2, 2018

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

I have seen a recent increase in the need for lift recliners. I have updated the needed items portion of the Donor Connect List as there are a number of pending lift recliners needed.

I was also speaking with the DAV Chapter in Hutchinson who stated they are assisting with supplying the Minnesota Honor Flight riders with manual wheelchairs. The flight is coming up very soon (this coming Saturday April 7th, 2018). Please reach out to Van Karg at 612-791-5143 if you have manual wheelchairs you would like to donate to the cause.

Donor Connect 4.3.18.pdf

If you know of someone who may benefit from the information in the list please feel free to share it with them or share my information.

 

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

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Pikedale Lodge – Military Appreciation

Pikedale Lodge

http://www.pikedale.com

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Six Boys and 13 Hands

 

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Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed toward the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’   

I told him that we were from Wisconsin. He said, ‘Hey, I’m a cheese head, too! Come gather around, cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.’

(It  was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when  he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in  Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night .)

When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)

‘My name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin.  My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.

‘Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game, a game called ‘War.’

But it didn’t turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don’t say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old – and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

(He pointed to the statue): ‘You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If  you took Rene’s helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you  would find a photograph…a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men.

‘The  next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys.They called him the ‘old man’ because  he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would  motivate his boys in training camp, he didn’t say, ‘Let’s go kill some Japanese’ or ‘Let’s die for our country.’ He knew he was talking to little boys. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you home  to your mothers.’

‘The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona. Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero.’  He told reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?’

So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).

‘The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky. A fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, ‘Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn’t get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.’ Yes, he was a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store.

‘A  barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.

‘The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite’s producers or The New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say ‘No, I’m sorry, sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell’s soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press.

‘You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ’cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.

‘When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.’

‘So  that’s the story about six nice young boys. Three died  on Iwo Jima,  and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys  died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end  here. Thank you for your time.’

Suddenly, the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.

One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th-grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . . . that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of ‘hands’ raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.’

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March FAC Newsletter

Deployment Support

This month’s focus in the March FAC Newsletter is on deployment as we have units that have left, are leaving, and are preparing to leave. Please distribute as you deem appropriate, and if you have any questions or if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2018 FAC Newsletter- March.pdf

Have a wonderful day.

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
Skyline Contractor
MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055

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Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

FREE TICKETS FOR HEROES ON APRIL 6 ONLY AT BOX OFFICE WITH VALID ID

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Minnesota Humanities Center Veterans Voices Award

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Here is your chance to nominate a deserving veteran in your workplace or community! Application and nomination forms can be found at the website below.

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) https://mnhum.org/ is excited to announce that nominations for their 2018 Veterans’ Voices Awards are now being accepted. Nominations will be open through Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the Veterans’ Voices Award recognizes former and actively serving Minnesota Veterans who are making significant contributions to their communities and are exemplary humanists. These Veterans also embody the Humanities Center’s mission — “to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society” – and values: to build and strengthen relationships, recognize the power of story and danger of absence, learn from and with multiple voices, and amplify community solutions for change.

These awards are part of the Humanities Center’s Veterans’ Voices program that draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the contributions and often-missed stories of Veterans. This program empowers all Minnesota Veterans to speak in their own voices through storytelling, art, theater, discussion groups and more – amplifying the voices of Veterans throughout our state and helping to bridge the Veteran-civilian divide.

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

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Youth Mental Health First Aid class – May 11

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Flyer FINAL_May 11_page_001

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Military Children Appreciation Day

Military Child Appreciation Day

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Minnesota Military Museum Veterans Registry


WHO: Interested Military, Veterans and Individuals
WHAT: Camp Ripley, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum wants your story for their “Veterans Registry”.
WHEN: The Minnesota Military Museum is open seven days a week from May through September and Thursdays and Fridays from October through April, with special tours coordinated at any time.
WHERE: Camp Ripley, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum
WHY: The Registry is easy to use and anyone can submit a Veterans story and pictures of the veteran. This service is also FREE and a great way to preserve a record of your service for your family.
HOW: Interested veterans and individuals should Click Here  and also click on Veterans Registry.
POC: Executive Director, Jeff Thielen Email jthielen@mnmilitarymuseum.org

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Laketrails Wilderness Camping

Lake Trails

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: Click Here
POC: Sue Lemm,

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Personal Financial Counselor At No Cost

 


WHO: Military and their families
WHAT: Making Financial Decision
WHEN: Based on Appointment
WHERE: Multiple Locations
WHY: No Cost Services
HOW: Contact one of the PFCs on the attached list
POC: 612.397.0295, 612.297.2826; 612.352.8504

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2018 Women Veterans Conference

 

Who:  All female Veterans
What:  Woman Veterans Conference
When:  Saturday, May 26, 2018  7:45am-5:00pm
Where:  Ramada Inn, 2705 Annapolis Lane N. Plymouth, MN 55441
Register:  Contact info below
P.O.C:  Kimberly Dobler, 612-283-5863

**The mission of the Minnesota Women Veterans Program is to ensure women Veterans have equitable access to federal and state benefits  and services.  We respond to the gender specific needs of women Veterans and ensure that women Veterans are treated with dignity and respect.  Our outreach events are geared to improve the awareness of available benefits, services and eligibility criteria for the women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care

Below please find a blurb on an informational meeting for Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care, and the link to Youth Services Network, ysnmn.  Ysnmn is the mobile app for finding homeless services.

Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care is hosting a group information meeting on their program on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30pm at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. The registration link is below.

LSS Therapeutic Foster Care booklet.pdf

https://ysnmn.org/#/home

Please let me know if you have any questions, updates or changes.  Thank you!

Catherine Christiansen
catherine@partnersforhealthykids.org
Office: 763-745-5037
Mobile: 612-501-2632

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Trolling for The Troops

Who:  All Veterans and Service Members
What:  A day of fishing with professional anglers
When:  Thursday May 31 2018 – Friday June 1 2018
Where:  Mille Lacs Lake and Mississippi River
Register:  Complete and print the application form from this link:  http://mnlegion.org/html/trolling.html

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Stars on Ice

Stars on Ice

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Baby & Toddler Story Time

Story Time

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Build Your Dream

 

Build Your Dream

Register at: http://bit.ly/vetsbusiness

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Military Night At The Shrine Circus

Shrine Circus!  *military deal applies to one night only!

Shrine Circus

Shrine Circus!  *military deal applies to one night only!

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Target Center Special Military Deals

Saturday, March 31, 2018
2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Tickets: http://bit.ly/harlem_globetrotters_military

Offer Expires: 3.26.18

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Hamel VFW “Sock Hop” on March 24

 

The Hamel VFW is hosting a 1959 Sock Hop/ Birthday Party for one of our dearest friends on March 24th.

There’ll be burgers, fries and root beer floats. So put some grease in your hair (if you have any), ask your honey to slide on her poodle skirt and make it over to the VFW.

There’s a best costume contest as well. 

 

See you there!

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Give Kids a Smile for Veterans’ kids ages 3-14

Give kids a smile

Register by March 23

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Military Tax Information and Scam Warning

With the 2017 tax return season upon us, a surge in potential tax scams is likely to come with it. These scams come in many forms including fraudulent returns, phony calls, fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) emails, as well as phishing schemes. These can lead to the theft of taxpayer money and/or personal data.

Mitigation:

  • Do not carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Do not give businesses your SSN or ITIN just because they ask
  • Protect your financial information
  • Check your credit score every 12 months
  • Secure PII in your home
  • Protect you personal computers by using firewalls, anti-virus software, updating security patches, changing passwords for internet accounts on a regular basis
  • Do not give your personal information over the phone, through the mail, or on the internet unless you have initiated the contact and are sure of the recipient
  • File your taxes as soon as possible

Contact Military OneSource with any tax questions and assistance with tax prep and filing.  http://www.militaryonesource.mil/taxprep

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Female Veteran’s Wellness & Pampering Retreat

www.campbliss.org

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Bayport American Legion Pig Roast & Luau

Bayport American Legion

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Women Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

WVES

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Warrant Resolution & Legal Services

Warrant Resolution

Legal Services Day

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Transportation Security Administration Careers for Veterans

TSA

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NCHC Frozen Face-Off College Hockey Tournament

Who:  Military members and their families
What:  Discounted tickets ($17) for the Frozen Face-Off NCHC College Hockey Tournament
When:  16-17 March
Where:  Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Buy tickets online at : 
https://www.ticketmaster.com/NCHC-College-Hockey-Frozen-Faceoff-tickets/artist/2418847

Use code: NCHCHERO to receive the discount

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Military Appreciation Dinner – March 15

Military Appreciation Dinner

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DAV Donor Connect

 

I have attached the most recent Donor Connect list to this email. If you know of a veteran/veteran’s family in need of equipment listed on the database please get in touch with me and I will supply the donor’s contact information. If you find any of the items are no longer available please update me with that information so I can follow up.  If you have any suggestions on how to improve the program I absolutely appreciate feedback!

Have a great day-

Donor Connect 3.13.18.pdf

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

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MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Matches!

 

Who:  Service members and their families
What:  Professional Soccer
Where:  Allianz Field, St. Paul MN
When:  Saturday March 17th at 1:00 pm, Saturday May 26 at 7:00 pm

Cost:  discounted tickets start at $20

To purchase tickets:

March 17th Match: 
https://ev3.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=PR%3AMNU2%3AMNU18%3AM01%3AMILITARY0317&linkID=ta-mnu2&shopperContext=&caller=PR&appCode=&prc=MILITARY0317&ppc=MILITARY0317

May 26th Match:
https://ev3.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=PR%3AMNU2%3AMNU18%3AM07%3AMILITARY0526&linkID=ta-mnu2&shopperContext=&caller=PR&appCode=&prc=MILITARY0526&ppc=MILITARY0526

For more info, contact Josh Elvig at josh.e@mnufc.com.

 

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ACEs – Train the Trainer program

 

As you may have heard we will be offering an ACEs Train the Trainer program.

This is a two day, comprehensive training program.  The intent of the program is that, upon completion of the training, you will train others in our community to be trauma informed.  If you are interested in attending please see below:

·         Timing/Agenda:

  • April 26 & 27, 9:30-4:30
    • Agenda reads 9:00-5:00 – Facilitator is planning for 9:30-4:30.
  • Highland Park Reserve, Bloomington.
  • Lunch and snacks provided.

April 2018 Participant Agenda.pdf

·         Candidate Agreement form:

  • Please read through this, if you are still interested, fill it out then fill out the Participant Application form.

ACE Interface Presenter Candidate Agreement.pdf

2018 Presenter Application.pdf

·         Participant Application: 

  • Please return application and candidate agreement form to me as soon as possible.
  • We will begin reviewing right away, deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.
    • I will let people know by March 28.
  • We have 6 slots available.
  • 4 collaboratives are participating in the training.  30 people total.

·         Facilitator Bios – attached for your reference

April 2018 Training Facilitator Bios.pdf.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you –

Warmly,

Catherine

Catherine Christiansen
catherine@partnersforhealthykids.org
Office: 763-745-5037
Mobile: 612-501-2632

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DAV Donor Connect

I have attached the most recent Donor Connect Database. I have updated the CVSO groups so if you receive multiple emails or know someone who needs to be added that hasn’t received one please let me know.

Donor Connect 3.7.18.pdf

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

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Youth essay contest on disasters

The MN Council for Economic Education is hosting a Money Smart Teen Essay
Contest for youth in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area on disasters.
Participants are asked to  write a brief newspaper article describing the
potential devastating effects of a natural disaster on a family’s financial
situation.

Check out the essay information online:

 

money_smart_essay_contest_flyer_2018_3.pdf

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Please share this opportunity across your networks.  The awards are fairly
substantial — $3000 first place scholarship & two $1000 runners up
scholarships. Deadline is approaching quickly – March 16.

Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC
Extension Educator & Extension Professor | extension.umn.edu
University of Minnesota Extension
Center for Family Development
46352 State Hwy. 329 Morris, MN 56267
croym001@umn.edu  | Office 320-589-1711 | Cell 320-226-6052

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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
michael.meier@militaryonesource.com | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647

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Military OneSource & Armed Forces Tax Council present MilTax Facebook Live Event!

Who:  Service Members and their families
What:  MilTax Facebook Live event to answer questions about tax services offered through Military OneSource and the Military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
When:  Wednesday, Feb 28 2018, at 1400 CST (2:00 pm)
Where:  https://www.facebook.com/events/153165695349805/?active_tab=discussion

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Minnesota Home Expo – FREE TICKETS!

Who:  Service Members and their friends/families
What:  Complementary tickets to the Minnesota Home Expo
When:  March 9-11, 2018 (see website for times)
Where:  Target Field, Delta Sky360 Legends Club, Minneapolis, MN
How:  Pick up tickets in person at the Cottage Grove armory Public Affairs Office

For more information, go to: www.MNHomeExpo.com

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NCHC Frozen Face-Off College Hockey Tournament

Who:  Military members and their families
What:  Discounted tickets ($17) for the Frozen Face-Off NCHC College Hockey Tournament
When:  16-17 March
Where:  Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Buy tickets online at :
https://www.ticketmaster.com/NCHC-College-Hockey-Frozen-Faceoff-tickets/artist/2418847

Use code: NCHCHERO to receive the discount

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Youth and Family Turkey Hunt

Who:  Youth ages 12-17 (18 year old’s can hunt as an adult) Must have a Firearms Safety Certificate and a parent or guardian during the youth hunt
What:  Learn to Turkey Hunts are sanctioned and managed between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
When:  21-22 April
Where:  17 locations Statewide
POC:  Mike “Cold Front” Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 651-259-5193  or michaelkurre@state.mn.us
Register:  By Feb 12 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/turkeyhunt/index.html 

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Sea Life Aquarium Family Overnight – Mall of America

 

REGISTER NOW!  Slots fill quickly!

Who:  MN Army National Guard members with children ages 5-18 yrs.
What:  Overnight with sea life
When:  April 27-28, 2018
Where:  Mall of America Sea Life Aquarium, Bloomington, MN
Cost:  $65 for Adults, children are free
Register:  By April 9th at https://johnsme218.wufoo.com/forms/zm11i5300d4f33/

Details:

Before bedding down for the night, families will enjoy an evening of learning about the resilient and adaptable animals that call the Sea Life Aquarium home.  Space is limited.  Priority is given to MN National Guard families; other branches will be put on a wait list.  You are not confirmed for this event until you receive an email from Mel Johnson, Child and Youth Program Coordinator.

Activities include:
– Night hike through the aquarium
– Behind-the-scenes tour
– Pizza party
– Light breakfast in the morning
– Souvenir craft

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2018 Women Veterans Conference

Who:  All female Veterans
What:  Woman Veterans Conference
When:  Saturday, May 26, 2018  7:45am-5:00pm
Where:  Ramada Inn, 2705 Annapolis Lane N. Plymouth, MN 55441
Register:  Contact info below
P.O.C:  Kimberly Dobler, 612-283-5863

**The mission of the Minnesota Women Veterans Program is to ensure women Veterans have equitable access to federal and state benefits  and services.  We respond to the gender specific needs of women Veterans and ensure that women Veterans are treated with dignity and respect.  Our outreach events are geared to improve the awareness of available benefits, services and eligibility criteria for the women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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Troops To Teachers Program

WHO:  Current military members, retired, and honorably separated military personnel
WHAT:  Troops To Teachers Program
WHEN:  Ongoing
WHERE:  Nationwide
WHY:  To assist transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.
HOW:  Troops to Teachers is a DOD program which facilitates Service members’ successful transition to a teaching career by providing counseling and financial and placement assistance for eligible Service members and veterans.
POC:  Dr. Charles Rick at 218-780-0343 or for online information go to www.proudtoserveagain.com

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ZMC Hotel Discounts and Promotions

WHO:  Military and Public Service Personnel (valid ID required)
WHAT:  Hotel discounts and promotions
WHEN:  Various year-round
WHERE:  Duluth, MN
WHY:  To show support for military, law enforcement, and public service personnel
HOW:  go to  www.zmchotels.com/military for details and rates

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Personal Financial Counselor

WHO: Military and their families
WHAT: Making Financial Decision
WHEN: Based on Appointment
WHERE: Multiple Locations
WHY: No cost Services
HOW: Contact one of the PFCs on the attached list
POC: 612.397.0295, 612.297.2826; 612.352.8504

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Parenting Skills

WHO: Families with kids ages 5-18 (All Branches of Service)
WHAT: Learn how to be the best parent you can be and gain new parenting skills
WHEN: sign up today and you will be assigned a group
WHERE: on-line and in person
WHY: Opportunity to gain new parenting skills
HOW: sign up Click and scroll down to “Join ADAPT4U in MN or MI Now”
POC: Laura Groeneweg
Lead Child and Youth Program Manager
MN National Guard Child and Youth Program
O: 651.268.8695
M: 651.242.6938
Laura.l.groeneweg.ctr@mail.mil
www.cog-ps.com

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Sam’s Club Free $15 Gift Card “It’s Our Salute to You!”

WHO: Active and Retired Military and their Spouses
WHAT: Free $15.00 Sam’s Club Gift card
WHEN: Open
WHERE: All Sam’s Club locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin
WHY: Sam’s Club Salute to You for Your service
HOW: Present your Military ID to the Store Associates when signing up or renewing your membership with Sam’s Club and you will get your $15.00 Gift Card

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Lake Trails Camp

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: Click Here
POC: Sue Lemm

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School for Performing Acts

WHO: Military Families
WHAT: Opportunity to participate in School for the Performing Arts
WHEN: Open
WHERE: ONLINE
WHY: Private Lessons for Voice, Acting, Beginning Piano, and Flute via videoconferencing tools Group Music and Theatre Classes on a Global Scale, Consistency and Flexibility
HOW: More information on the programs Play.Sing.Act, LLC offers please Check out
POC: April Vargo Founder, Owner, Educator Play.Sing.Act www.playsingact.com

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Minnesota Military Museum Veterans Registry

 

WHO: Interested Military, Veterans and Individuals
WHAT: Camp Ripley, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum wants your story for their “Veterans Registry”.
WHEN: The Minnesota Military Museum is open seven days a week from May through September and Thursdays and Fridays from October through April, with special tours coordinated at any time.
WHERE: Camp Ripley, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum
WHY: The Registry is easy to use and anyone can submit a Veterans story and pictures of the veteran. This service is also FREE and a great way to preserve a record of your service for your family.
HOW: Interested veterans and individuals should Click Here  and also click on Veterans Registry.
POC: Executive Director, Jeff Thielen Email jthielen@mnmilitarymuseum.org

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Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting

 

Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting

 

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By Jessica Dym Bartlett

As adults struggle with their own reactions to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida—the 29th mass shooting in the United States in the first two months of 2018 alone—young eyes and ears are watching and listening.

This is an important time to talk to children about what they are seeing and hearing, even when they did not directly witness the event. While it can be difficult to know what to say, evidence from research and clinical practice can help us with these difficult conversations. We begin with a few suggestions for adults who care for children indirectly affected by a school shooting:

Talking to children about school shootings

Honesty is important when speaking with children about school shootings, but that doesn’t mean they need to know the details. What children need to know, and how we talk with them about such tragedies, is best considered through a developmental lens. How we answer their questions, for example, should depend on what they can understand and process without heightening their distress.

For a child of any age, it is important to begin by finding out what they already know. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network recommends gently correcting inaccurate information, encouraging children to ask questions, and answering them directly. Adults can respond by acknowledging the child’s experience and feelings about the event, rather than focusing on the event itself. Parents can use a number of resources to find the right words to say, including apps such as Help Kids Cope. However, conversations should be tailored to the age of the child:

  • Infants and toddlers are comforted when caregivers are warm, sensitive to their needs (e.g., feeding, sleeping, comforting), and maintain predictable routines. Conversation about the event can be harmful to very young children, who are highly sensitive to adults’ emotions. Even if they can’t understand the content, they can sense that something is wrong and experience distress
  • Preschoolers do best when adults use a calm voice, simple language, and respond to their questions honestly but with limited detail. Death should not be a taboo subject with young children just because it is upsetting to adults. Most important, preschoolers need reassurance that they are safe. Safety can also be communicated nonverbally—for example, by participating in normal, everyday activities and receiving extra attention from adults. Early childhood programs and parents can jointly support children who experience a school shooting.
  • School-age children understand more than younger children and may want to talk about events at length with a trusted adult. Still, it is important not to offer disturbing details or to assume that children’s concerns are the same as those of adults. Like younger children, they need comfort and reassurance of their safety. They may want extra attention from adults and friends, and time to talk about subjects other than the school shooting. Schools can also serve as important sources of support by understanding and responding to a school shooting in trauma-informed ways.
  • Adolescents benefit when adults take time to listen, without judgment, to their thoughts and feelings about the school shooting. Teenagers can think abstractly and may struggle with larger issues, such as the meaning of life and death and social justice. They tend to value honesty and are quick to point out hypocrisy. However, it is important not to force adolescents to discuss the event until they are ready, as they are likely to resent when adults appear push their own agenda.

Other helpful hints

Talking to children and adolescents is not the only way to help them negotiate tragic events such as a school shooting. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Protect children from too much information. It is critical to carefully monitor adult conversations, limit media use in children’s presence, and seek support from other adults in private—exposure to disturbing images and conversations about the school shooting can stir up difficult feelings in children of all ages.
  • Keep children busy. Boredom can intensify negative thoughts and behaviors, but children are less likely to experience distress when they play and interact.
  • Ensure that adults receive the attention, support, and care they need. Parenting in the wake of a trauma can be difficult. Adults also need time and space to cope with their own reactions, as well as social support from family, friends, clergy, mental health professionals, and other adults.
  • Seek professional help. Seek professional help if a child’s difficulties do not improve. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) recommends seeking help if problems persist longer than six weeks.
  • Find age-appropriate ways for children to help. Even very young children benefit from being able to make a positive difference in others’ lives while learning important lessons about empathy, compassion, and gratitude.
  • Emphasize hope and positivity. Children need to feel safe, secure, and positive about their present and future. Seeing and hearing stories of people helping people in difficult times is both healing and reassuring.

Children with direct exposure to a school shooting

Children who directly experience school shootings are at the highest risk of developing posttraumatic stress and related symptoms (e.g., nightmares, trouble eating and sleeping, academic difficulties, excessive crying, clinginess, irritability, withdrawal, aggression, or avoiding the issue altogether). Moreover, upheaval among families, the school, and the community after a shooting can make it especially challenging for adults to maintain the predictable routines and calm demeanor that help children feel safe. In these instances, comprehensive approaches grounded in research on risk and resilience after trauma, such as Psychological First Aid, can be implemented. This may enhance both parents’ and children’s sense of safety, orient and soothe survivors, provide assistance to address a family’s immediate needs, and connect survivors with social support and services.

Additional resources

Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Talking to Children about the Shooting

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DAV Donor Connect

There has been a lot of negativity happening lately in the world. The recent school shootings which have occurred since January serve as a constant reminder of how we need to cherish every minute of every day and show those around us we appreciate them and what they have done for us. The Donor Connect is a great way to show veterans and their families the sacrifices they made are appreciated by being a donor or helping to connect items to veterans in need. I want you all to know how much I appreciate the assistance you have given to ensure our veterans and their family’s needs are not forgotten.

Please share the information contained in this email with people who may benefit from it or share my contact information with them.

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Have a wonderful weekend

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

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2018 Military Mental Health conference

 

You are formally invited to the 2018 Military Mental Health conference!

“Together – Serving Those Who Serve: Behind the Uniform”

Subject: 2018 Military Mental Health Conference

When: Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Camp Ripley Training Center
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls, MN 56345

Even if you cannot personally attend, please forward this invitation along to anyone and everyone you think might be interested.

For more information and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-mental-health-conference-2018-tickets-42004461475?aff=ehomesaved

Military Mental Health Conference 2018 Flyer.pdf

Troy A. Davidson
CPT, MNARNG
Program Manager
Resilience, Risk Reduction, & Suicide Prevention (R3SP)
651-268-8201

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Minneapolis Legal Clinic for Veterans

A reminder that MN Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) offers legal clinics for ANY veteran or currently serving service member in the state, this is an amazing free resource for those with legal issues or questions.

MACV is hosting a legal clinic for veterans on March 13th at the Minneapolis VA. Please distribute this information to veterans who may need civil or family legal assistance. For more information, please contact Sara Sommarstrom (651) 224-0292.

Information on additional upcoming Legal Clinic’s in Anoka and St Cloud can be found here: http://www.mac-v.org/calendar.html

March 2018 Drop In MPLS.pdf

 

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

PBYR Participates in the Greenwood Elementary School Community Service Event

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PBYR proudly participated in the Greenwood Elementary School Community Service Program on Feb. 9, 2018.  This was our 2nd participation and we have been invited back for next year!  The student and parents were again super and they were very generous with the following donations:

  • $400.00 Holiday Gift cards
  • $400.00 Cub Gift cards
  • The students wrote letters and drew beautiful pictures for service members.

The gift card donations will be used to assist service members and their families and such donated gifts are very helpful to the PBYR mission. The Family Assistance Center will locate a deployed service member or Chaplain to receive the pictures to distribute.

**Kudos to Kersten Beckstrom for her PBYR leadership and participation during the event as an art coach, table supervisor, PR Specialist and  PBYR Volunteer- Par- Excellence!

 

“Si” , a 5th grader served as our assistant and he did a super job at the event!!

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Jobs and opportunities

Equity Coordinator Position open at the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Closing date February 26, 2018

The Equity Coordinator will provide guidance and support to division directors, managers, and staff in the Community Supports Administration (CSA) at the Minnesota Department of Human Services on equity-related issues and activities. This position will also be responsible for facilitating the CSA’s internal equity initiatives. With the support of the division directors, this person will coordinate with staff at all levels to assess equity and inclusion awareness/capacity, identify activities to build equity and inclusion, and implement those activities at all levels of the Administration. This position will work in partnership with the CSA Equity Committee to achieve alignment with the DHS Equity Policy. Equity is a key part of the CSA Strategic Plan and the Equity Coordinator will also play a role in supporting the work outlined in the Plan.

To learn more about this position and to apply please visit the State of Minnesota Job Posting site (Job ID # 19859)

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Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Harold Amos was the first African-American to chair a department at Harvard Medical School. Honor his legacy and create yours.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program believes the health care landscape requires diverse leadership. The program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to:

  • Developing careers and achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing;
  • Fostering the development of succeeding classes of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Improving the health of underserved populations; and/or
  • Working toward understanding and eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.

To learn more, please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.


Funding opportunities

Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action Grant

Deadline April 10

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation is offering the following grant opportunity: Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action will provide grants of up to $100,000 each per year. Applicants can apply for one or two-year grants. A total of up to $1M will be available over two years.

Program details and eligibility criteria can be found in the funding guidelines.

Applications are due on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 4 p.m. Central Time, through the online application system.

To learn more visit the BCBS Foundation website

 

Nonprofit Capacity-Building Grants: Management Improvement Fund

No deadline

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation have partnered to offer capacity-building grants to nonprofits across Minnesota through the Management Improvement Fund. Qualified nonprofits can apply for grants to support projects that strengthen organizations through strategic planning, program evaluation, governance, racial equity, financial planning and more. To learn more, visit the Saint Paul Foundation website.

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Hamel VFW Valentine’s Dance

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner & Dance on Saturday, February 17th. Food from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-11:00. The Arcades will be playing great classic rock with a touch of country and a polka or two. Everyone who’s heard these guys say their music and rotation is outstanding! Bring your sweetheart and enjoy a relaxing night. There is a $5.00 cover.

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PBYR at Work

This weekend the military Family Assistance Center (FAC) contacted  PBYR with a request for service.  A service member’s  father is in an AZ hospice.  He is very ill and will likely die in several days. The service member  would like to see his father  and bring 4 family members to AZ, however does not have the funds.  The service member contacted the FAC,  the airline , the Red Cross  and  the American Legion .  The cost for the flight is $1,760.

PBYR agreed to provide  an emergency grant of $880.00 to assist this family. We appreciate the FAC for bringing this situation to our attention as we want to support this military family in their time of need.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

President – Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

 

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Donor Connect has some requests

Donor Connect Friends,

I have received a few recent requests after the updated list was sent out this week which I would like you to think about over the weekend and if you’re able to help in any way or know of someone who might be able to help please refer that information to me and I will get in touch and go from there.

Metro area request for a small stationary exercise bike.

Bloomington area request for a Lift Recliner.

St. Cloud area request for a Lift Recliner.     

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

 

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DAV Donor Connect – January 23, 2018

 

Donor Connect Friends

January has flown by and been full of all kinds of excitement! I hope you all are doing well after this last snow storm. Fortunately we were lucky here in St. Cloud and didn’t receive a single flake. Thank you all for being so very patient with me as I know it has been a while since I sent out an updated list, I truly appreciate it!

If there are any questions about the list or if you would like the donor information for a specific item please either call or email me and I will get you that information. If you do not see an item on the list please get in touch with me and I can reach out to different places or add it to the requests.

Donor Connect 1.23.18.pdf

Have a wonderful day!

 

Stephanie Zeimetz

St. Cloud VA HSC

Donor Connect

(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)

(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)

stephanie@davmn.org

http://www.davmn.org

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myHealth hosting dental clinic for Children’s Dental Services – January 31

 

myHealth is hosting another dental clinic for Children’s Dental Services on Wednesday January 31st  9-4, at our Hopkins Clinic.

Feel free to post and pass the attached flyer onto youth and families in need of dental services.  The clinics fill up fast, so encourage those interested to call and schedule early.  Thanks for helping spread the word!

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Give Kids a Smile Day 2018!

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Children’s Dental Services will be hosting Give Kids a Smile Day on February 2nd and 3rd at our Headquarters location in Minneapolis.  On these days we are able to provide a full range of free services to uninsured patients, and we have many appointments still available! Please feel free to post and pass along this flyer to help spread the word!

CDS GKAS 2018 Flyer

Thank you.

  • Alyssa Beaulieu
    Operations Manager
    Children’s Dental Services
  • 636 Broadway St. NE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55413
    612-843-0202 (direct)
  • 612-746-1531 (fax)

 

Childrens dental services

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JANUARY 2018 Mental Well-Being Learning Community!

January Topic: BUILDING CAPACITY IN 2018—WHEN DO WE ACT?

As a leader in your community or organization, please join us for an important discussion to move the Mental Well-Being Learning Community to the next level in 2018. In 2017 we learned about 7 different initiatives happening in Minnesota to build mental well-being and resilience.   Let’s talk about what’s next!

  • REFLECT– on lessons learned from 2017
  • LEARN– about local community actions prompted by the learning community
  • KNOW– about upcoming state and local opportunities
  • PLAN– direction and next steps for the learning community and your community.

Your contribution is important to create a more powerful Learning Community in 2018.

Tuesday, January 30th 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register to Participate (NEW LINK!)

More Information

Sites? The link to Registration includes a list of sites near you.

No Site Address? We will update site addresses as identified. Hosts will also email participants before the event.

No Site Near You? Email anna.lynn@state.mn.us to confirm if one is currently available or to become a host.

Other Questions? Email anna.lynn@state.mn.us

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Cambridge Family Assistance Center Job Posting

Help pass the word for a Family Assistance Center job opening in Cambridge, MN.

Below and attached is a Family Assistance Center (FAC) Specialist job opportunity. This is a Full-Time civilian contracted position and we are looking for widest dissemination. Please share the attached information with Soldiers, Airmen and civilians.

JOB TITLE: Family Assistance Center (FAC) Specialist

EMPLOYER: Skyline-ULTD

OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, January 11, 2018 – Friday, January 24, 2018

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Contract

VACANCY LOCATION: Cambridge, MN

Point of contact for this position is: Ms Nancy Launderville nancy.l.launderville.ctr@mail.mil or 651-282-4209

Skyline FACS Cambridge MN.pdf

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PBYR 2017 Financials

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Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Financial Statements

As of and for the year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

 

PBYR FS 12 31 2017.pdf

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One number for mental health crisis services now being piloted in the Twin Cities

 

As we announced at the end of September, DHS has been testing a new phone number to connect people to crisis services. Testing of this number in the metro area has been completed, and the pilot of the new crisis number is now getting underway.

Starting Monday, January 8, individuals and service providers in the Twin Cities metro area, calling from a cell phone, can call one number — **CRISIS — and have their call seamlessly forwarded to their county crisis team.

At this time, **CRISIS is being piloted in the metro area only. The counties in the **CRISIS pilot are Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington. Eventually, **CRISIS will replace a list of 30 county crisis numbers across the state. As the system rolls out, a landline 800 number will be added for people without cell phones, especially in rural areas.

Note that during the pilot, in order not to miss any calls, if an individual outside of the metro area calls the number they will be routed to their local team as well. However, data collection will be focused on the metro area at this time. Also important is that the contractor was only able to set boundaries based on county lines not the reservations. Individuals will need to continue to dial the current number if they hope to reach a tribal team.

Statewide crisis provider meeting

During the February 13 statewide crisis provider meeting, we will discuss a plan to partner with crisis teams in the metro to promote the number within those communities.

Thank you again for your cooperation in partnering with the Department of Human Services to provide crisis services to Minnesotan’s.

Please contact Dominique.jones@state.mn.us with any questions.

 

For more information about mental health services in Minnesota, visit:

Children’s mental health / Adult mental health / Resources for partners and providers

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Linking Freedom in our Backyard

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FAC January Newsletter

 

I hope your holidays were enjoyable and you were able to spend time with loved ones. My children all came home so it was a wonderful holiday for me!

Attached please find the January FAC Newsletter. This month we focus on personal wellness. If you have questions, or would like to find resources near you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for all you do for our military families! I am looking forward to working with you in the coming year, have a great day.

FAC Newsletter- January.pdf

 

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
SKYLINE ULTD, Contractor

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

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Interfaith Speaker on January 11

Join your friends and neighbors at the Great Expectations Speaker Series!

Dr. Michael Rodriguez

Dr. Michael Rodriguez

Dr. Michael Rodriguez: Professor and founding Co-Director of the Educational Equity Resource Center College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Shannon Hall

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth 55447

Lunch will be provided

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required

Follow this link to register: iocp.ejoinme.org/gespeakerseries

 

http://partnersforhealthykids.org/
Wayzata Public School District Family Services Collaborative
Formerly: Communities in Collaboration Council (CICC)

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Donor Connect

 

Donor Connect contacts:

I was approached by Gary Komaniecki of the Rochester Public Schools who stated his auto shop students have repaired a 1998 Ford Conversion Van with a powered wheelchair ramp which is in good working order for donation.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from having a handicapped vehicle please get in touch with Gary at 507-261-7566.

Thank you.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (cell)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (office)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

 

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Fishing for Life Events

Fishing for Life logo

 

What: Fishing for Life Holes 4Heroes Ice Fishing Festival

When: 1/27/2018 at Medicine Lake – 1-4:00pm
When: 2/3/2018 at White Bear Lake – 1-4:00pm

How: To Register please go to: FISHINGFORLIFE.ORG

Please see attached pdf for more information.

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Free Training Course

 

myHealth will be facilitating a training course on LGBTQA Inclusive Education Practices for woman-identified educators. Please feel free to attend in Hopkins on January 9th and pass this information along.

See attached flyer!

Delta Kappa Gamma flyer Jan. 2018.pdf

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DAV Donor Connect

 

 

Donor Connect Friends

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far! I have attached the last item list for 2017 to this posting. If there is anyone you think may benefit from the information please feel free to pass it along or refer them to me.

Donor Connect weekly listing 12.29.17.pdf

Thank you and have a happy New Years!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (cell)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (office)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

PBYR assists service member with temporary housing

On December 27, 2017 the Bloomington Family Assistance Center (FAC) encountered a Service Member that needed temporary housing for 3 weeks prior to starting National Guard Training.  PBYR and The American Legion quickly partnered to house the Service Member at an Extended Stay Motel.  The Service Member was very pleased that she  was protected from homelessness prior to starting training, especially with the severe winter weather upon us in Minnesota.

Kudos to all that were able to agree to effectively partner in such a helpful manner!!  PBYR wishes the Service Member well in her future training and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We thank her for her planned service! And PBYR acknowledges the assistance and support from our partners –the American Legion and John Wagle, Bloomington FAC Representative!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, PBYR President

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Hamel VFW dinner & dance – January 13

 

The Hamel VFW is kicking off 2018 with a Dinner & Dance on Saturday, January 13th. The Arcades go on stage at 7:00 pm. The guys play great classic rock, a touch of country and a polka or two. The Hamel VFW is the place to be if you enjoy dancing, having fun and good food!

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DAV Donor Connect – Available Item

DAV of Minnesota

 

Donor Connect Friends-

As we near Christmas I want to send a special thank you to all of you who have helped make the Donor Connect Program as successful as it is. Without your donations and offers to assist many veterans and their family members would not have been able to benefit from the equipment listed with the Donor Connect Program.

I was contacted by Greg Peterson, CVSO for Brown County, who has a unique item he would like to let people know is available as a donation- Please get ahold of Greg if you know of anyone who is interested or could benefit from this great walk-in bath tub.

“We received a walk-in bath tub as a donation last week.  The tub is in great shape, but it does not have whirlpool jets.  The tub is currently in the back of our Veterans van and will be at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center on Friday, Dec 15th, and at the Minneapolis VAMC on Monday, Dec 18th.  We are willing to deliver it to anyone in the near proximity of these two locations.  It is heavy and would take at least two strong people to lift out of our van.  The photos were taken with the tub in the van, and the interior photos include two exterior access panels.

Please call 507-233-6636 if you would like to have the tub.  If it is not taken by Monday, we will store it at our DAV chapter in New Ulm.”

 

bath

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

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PBYR Meets with Wayzata High School Students to Discuss Recent Partnering

Wayzata

Plymouth Beyond Yellow Ribbon further explored  the PBYR mission with Brenda Badger’s Y.E.S. students on December 7, 2017.  This was a follow-up to the prior project and partnering with PBYR in November, 2017 to send treats to deployed MN soldiers.  In the presentation, the students asked many good questions about PBYR.  We addressed many reasons why people  volunteer with  non-profit organizations, such as agreeing with the  mission and to demonstrate support, personal skill development, leadership training and to contribute to a healthy sense of community. Also, the many advantages for Minnesota to have a large network of BYR cities was reviewed in detail as this effort has assisted many people and decreased the military suicide rates over the past several years.

Strategies and reasons for students to connect with PBYR and/or other non-profits was reviewed in detail.  The students seemed to resonate with the PBYR mission and history. Hopefully, they will desire to partner again with PBYR in 2018!  They were reminded that their knowledge and skill with social media could be used effectively by many non-profit organizations, especially as community outreach efforts can take many creative forms in the current digital age.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chairman

PBYR

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DAV Donor Connect

I hope you are enjoying the burst of Minnesota winter we recently received. I have received a plentitude of calls recently about ramps. I would like to find out if there are any contacts for ramps you may know of (businesses/charities ext.) The ramp requests I have received range from a veteran recently becoming an amputee and requiring a ramp for 4 steps into his home and another request for a veteran in his 90’s who fell while attempting to carry his wife down the exterior steps of their home because she cannot walk up and down the stairs on her own. I know a few DAV Chapters have notified me they were installing ramps for veterans or had supplied funds for the building of a ramp as service projects- There has to be more we can do to assist veterans needing ramps to allow them to stay in their homes and we cannot expect DAV Chapters to purchase ramps to fill every need.

Donor Connect updated weekly listing 12.5.17

If you know of anyone who may benefit from the information in this email please feel free to pass along the information.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

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Teen Stress

Reducing stress isn’t always about changing your life, sometimes it’s about changing the way you deal with it. Change to Chill is here to help you figure out what stress is, what causes it and how you can manage it. Here is a link to resources addressing teen stress:  http://www.changetochill.org/

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We Will Never Forget

Click on newspaper image once or twice to make it larger.

 

With the Bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 by the Japanese and
ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the following 3 1/2
years of World War II, the following items were produced:

22 aircraft carriers
8 battleships
48 cruisers
349 destroyers
420 destroyer escorts
203 submarines
34 million tons of merchant ships
100,000 fighter aircraft
98,000 bombers
24,000 transport aircraft
58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks
257,000 artillery pieces
105,000 mortars
3,000,000 machine guns
2,500,000 military trucks.

Also, America put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services,
invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy , won the battle for the Atlantic,
planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed
the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany .

We cannot and should not ever forget that the bombing of Pearl Harbor started
it all 76 years ago.

Semper Fi.

Forwarded by Jim Heimerl

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United Heroes League & Minnesota Timberwolves opportunity for child dependents

 

The Minnesota Timberwolves and United Heroes League (UHL) would like to extend the following offer to Minnesota Military Families from all service components. Please see the PDF below for additional information.

Who: Male and female military kids ages 6-18 years old with parents holding the rank of E5 or below. This is open to all services with parents of currently serving service members or veterans.

What: Basketball clinic and SURPRISE holiday shopping spree with the Timberwolves players.

When: Friday, December 8th 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm; 3:30-4:00 pm basketball clinic with follow-on movement to a shopping spree from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Target Center and Target Center Retail Store; 600 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Coordinating Instructions:
1) One parent or guardian must attend with their child. Parents will be required to complete a media and inquiry waiver for both the UHL and the Timberwolves upon arrival.
2) Parent or guardian must complete the attached form and return via email to ShaneH@UnitedHeroesLeague.org

UHL Offer Sheet Timberwolves.PDF

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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

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Two openings for Citizen Soldier for Life Counselor Contractors

We still have two openings for the Citizen Soldier for Life Counselor Contractors. These roles will help MN National Guard Service Members to connect with financial literacy and employment and career development  resources. The two openings we have for MN are for Camp Ripley and Mankato.

Here is the site for more information:
http://csflcareers.com/index.html 

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

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Upcoming DNR Veteran Employment Seminar

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a Yellow Ribbon company, is proud to announce its first Veteran Employment Seminar on January 3, 2018.  It’s an informational event where veterans can learn about jobs in the DNR and how they match up with their military job skills.  DNR staff can answer their questions on education requirements and work experience as well as guide them on how to set up job searches and notifications.

Please help us spread the word especially the Guard/Reserve units that you are connected with. Space is limited and registration is required.  The attached pdf flyer gives you the seminar information that veterans need.

Veterans Employment Seminar – Poster.pdf

Thank you for your assistance and thank you for supporting our military, veterans, and their families.

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PBYR and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. Students Packaged Gifts for Deployed MN Soldiers

On November 6, 2017 PBYR and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. students met to wrap $450.00 of beef sticks and send 60 letters of appreciation to deployed MN soldiers.  Kersten Beckstrom, Jennifer Rodgers, Deputy Chief Plekkenpol, Brenda Badger and Gary Goldetsky worked with the students and it was a delightful experience for all. The letter of this event is noted below.  Gary Goldetsky, PBYR President will meet with the Wayzata High School students in December 2017 to further review and discuss the PBYR mission.

PBYR and Wayzata HS YES 2017.pdf

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Free upcoming safeTALK training

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Free training on suicide alertness skills. Please share with your mental health contacts. Here are the details and invitation and registration info attached. Please see the PDF below for more information.

WHAT: Free Suicide Alertness Training
WHEN: December 6, 2017
WHERE: 8180 Belden BLVD, Cottage Grove, MN 55016, 9:00am-1:00pm, free lunch included
Host: Wounded Warrior Project

Event is free but registration required at: https://safetalkwwp.eventbrite.com

safeTALK Flyer Dec 6.jpeg.PDF

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

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DAV Donor Connect

I hope you all are faring well with this cold weather snap we have been having. I am proud to say our request list has dwindled to only a few items and many of the requests remaining I am running down leads to fulfill them.

I am making many new business connections which seem to be beneficial for the items unable to be listed with the Donor Connect Program or donors unable to maintain items. If you have any businesses or programs you think would benefit from the Donor Connect information please let me know and I can reach out to them or feel free to forward my contact information.

To all of you who have served our country I sincerely thank you for your service as we near Veterans Day this weekend. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

Donor Connect weekly listing 11.7.17.pdf

Have a wonderful day.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

 

Veterans Day Restaurant Deals and Discounts

 

The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants for 2017. Visit often as the list is now being updated as new discounts come in. All of the discounts have been confirmed, either through press release or direct communication with the company.

Veterans Day Restaurant Deals and Discounts

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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 www.xcelenergycenter.com/military 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

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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: www.honorflighttwincities.org/, 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

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Dental Clinic at myHealth December 5th

myHealth is hosting another dental clinic for Children’s Dental Services on Tuesday December 5th 9-5, at the Hopkins Clinic.

The clinics fill up fast, so encourage those interested to call and schedule early. Feel free to pass on the attached flyer onto youth and families in need of dental services.  Thanks for helping spread the word!

Have a great day and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Dental Services Flyer

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Volunteer Opportunity for Female Veterans

Here is a volunteer opportunity for Female Veterans, please contact the POC for further information:

The Women’s Veterans Initiative (WVI) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity again to participate in a Woman Veteran Build, a day of service, during the week of Veterans Day. The WVI scheduled the day of service for women veterans to work on a Habitat house project on November 10, 2017. Street parking is available at the site. The house is located at the following address:

4397 – 121st Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449

The volunteer day is 8:15am-4:00pm and volunteers are expected to stay for the entire shift. Habitat does not allow split shifts for production and safety reasons.Breakfast, lunch and beverages will also be provided.

POC: If you would like to participate in this event, or have questions, please contact COL (R)(B) Longfellow at: glongfellow160@comcast.net or 612-270-1755.

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

Dr. Gary Goldetsky honored ~with Seven Seals Award

 

Dr. Gary Goldetsky accepted this Seven Seals award from ESGR on October 25, 2017 on behalf of the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization. This is the first time that this award has been presented to a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon volunteer. Dr. Goldetsky stated –

“I accept the award on behalf of PBYR and greatly acknowledge all the contributions and efforts from many network members over the years, thank you.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit  http://www.ESGR.mil .

 

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Goldetsky and the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization.

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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.

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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

 

Respectfully,
Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

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DAV Donor Connect

 

I have attached the most recent Donor Connect Inventory to this message. Requests are being filled all over the state and the request list appears to be mainly specialty items and ramps remaining. Many of the requests I receive are able to be filled by either the Donor Connect database or connections with different organizations/people throughout the state so I want to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who receives these messages!

Donor Connect 10182017.pdf

Spread the word, if you know someone who may benefit from the information contained in this email please feel free to share it with them.

Have a glorious day.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

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Family Readiness Support Assistant Position Available

Please find attached the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) position posting for the Bloomington Armory Position. . This is a Full-Time civilian contracted position. This position supports the MN Army National Guard 1/34 ABCT in Bloomington, MN. I would love to get someone with familiarity of the Yellow Ribbon Program in this position!

JOB TITLE: Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA)
EMPLOYER: Johnson Technology Systems INC. (JTSI) OPEN PERIOD: 16 October 2017 – Until Filled

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Contract VACANCY LOCATION: Bloomington, MN

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Send all documentation (Resume, Cover Letter, Letters of Recommendation ect.) to Renae at renae.sines@jtsi.net

Point of contact for this position is: Mrs. Shearin Baker  shearin.baker.mn.frsa@gmail.com or 651-282-4137.

For additional information please see the PDF below.

Family Readiness Support Assistant Posting BDE FRSA.pdf

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

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MACMH Fall 2017 Training Series

 

Healing from Within: Trauma-Informed Mind-Body Practices for Health and Well-Being

Wednesday, October 25 – 9 AM to 12 PM – Maple Grove, MN

Using existing knowledge of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health diagnoses, participants will experience and explore the power of mind-body interventions for self-regulation, focus, community connection and overall well-being…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

 

Effective Intervention with Anxious Youth using CBT, Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Techniques

Monday, October 30 – 9 AM to 12 PM – St. Paul, MN

This session will review crucial components of cognitive-behavioral intervention for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Participants will learn about the most effective cognitive modification techniques…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

 

The Psychology of Scarcity: The Impact of “Not Enough” on Health and Well-Being

Monday, November 6 – 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Maple Grove, MN

Scarcity, a concept in behavioral economics, has been demonstrated to impact thinking and decision-making. This workshop will explore research surrounding scarcity and apply it to working with parents and children…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

 

Battling Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

Tuesday, November 14 – 9 AM to 12 PM – St Louis Park, MN

In this presentation, participants will learn the early warning signs of an eating disorder in children and teens and explore the risk factors associated with the development of an eating disorder, including social media use, childhood trauma and more…

Learn More |  Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

 

Understanding Attachment and Rethinking Behavior: Healing Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Monday, December 4 –  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch on your own) Shoreview, MN

By focusing on the relationship first and understanding behavior from the child’s perspective, participants of this session will learn how to bring about not only behavioral changes, but also healing…

Learn More | Register

6 CEHs | $179

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Teens and Adolescents

Tuesday, December 12 – 9 AM to 12 PM – Maplewood, MN

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) offers specific skills to help intervene with adolescents who are dealing with everything from common interpersonal difficulties to serious safety concerns. Participants in this session will explore an overview of DBT and learn activities and strategies to put these skills into practice with youth…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

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Supporting Students in Distress Workshop

 

 

Many students who have experienced significant stress need adults to remain reflective and attend to what is underneath their challenging behavior. Geared toward helping professionals, teachers, caregivers and parents, this presentation will increase attendees’ ability to recognize how and where a child is struggling, name the experience, and use concise language to join the child in distress. The workshop will pay particular attention to the concept of joining, a state of mind caring adults possess when they are attending to the needs of children by talking and acting for the benefit of the child. This intentional relationship allows adults to join in the child’s perspective and make sense of his or her experiences. Using reflection and language as tools, workshop participants will learn how to create helpful spaces for problem solving rather than power struggles.

Lauren Nietz, LICSW, Consultant, Outpatient Therapist – Washburn Center for Children

 

Monday, November 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 

3450 Irving Avenue South

Maple Grove, MN 55408

 

3 CEHs | $89 but $75.65 if you register by October 13

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The Salvation Army Christmas Toy Assistance Program

 

What: the Salvation Army Toy Assistance Program

When: Online sign up begins November 8, 2017 Closing December 1, 2017 There are limited spaces available

How: Go to www.SalvationArmyNorth.org/toyshop
If you have difficulty registering online, you may call 651-746-3595.

Please see attached PDF for more information.

2017 The Salvation Army Christmas Toy assistance program.pdf

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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.

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DVA 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
(320)828-6761
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

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Parenting with a Good Heart (Online Course)

We’re excited to announce that a new course about overindulgence is now available: Parenting with a Good Heart Online Course.

Join author and researcher Jean Illsley Clarke, parent educator Lisa Krause, and a multidisciplinary team of University of Minnesota Extension educators in an exploration of overindulgence and how you can avoid it with children.

Overindulgence is giving a child too much of anything — money, space, time, energy, or attention — that can delay their development. Parents and caregivers overindulge children from a “good heart,” but it doesn’t help children or families in the long run. Parents can learn to wrap their good hearts with the strengths it takes to resist overindulging. Then they can teach their children how to be accountable and responsible for themselves and toward others.

Learn more about what this course covers, and see if it could be helpful for those you work with: https://z.umn.edu/goodheart

Parenting with a Good Heart Course_09.15.2017 .pdf

Anita M. Harris Hering
Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor
University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development
Regional Office, St. Cloud
3601  18th Street South
Suite #113
St. Cloud, MN  56301
Office:   320-203-6050              Email:      aharris@umn.edu
Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita
Cell:        320-266-3649             Website: www.extension.umn.edu/family

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September Bloomington FAC Newsletter

 

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

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Veterans Job Fair – October 12

 

Subject: For Veterans, Guards, Reserves, Spouses of ALL branches of service

This event is for ALL branches of service. Please pass along to anyone else that you can think of.  If you would like to have a resource table, please email Doug Turner at dturner@recruitmilitary.com.

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Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference

 

See the attachments regarding ANOTHER one of our facilitators, Brian Fredrickson, and then hop on over to  https://militaryfamilies.extension.org/2017virtualconference/ for other topics covered, schedule of events and registration.

The MFLN Virtual Conference is a free four-day virtual learning and networking experience for professionals working with military service members and their families.  Join us for all 4 days, or come whenever your schedule permits.

 

If you have any questions regarding our Virtual Conference, please connect with me.

Anita M. Harris Hering

Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor

University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development

Regional Office, St. Cloud

3601  18th Street South

Suite #113

St. Cloud, MN  56301

Office:   320-203-6050              Email:      aharris@umn.edu

Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita

Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:  www.extension.umn.edu/family

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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

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Children’s Dental Services – October 25

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.

For additional information please stop by www.myhealthmn.org

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Contract Positions – Citizen Soldier for Life

Patriot Enterprises is hiring Citizen Soldier For Life (CSFL) Career Readiness Counselors. These positions are full-time contract positions within Central MN, the Metro and Southern MN. The work locations include:  Camp Ripley, Rosemount, and Mankato

What:  Citizen Soldier for Life is a program that focuses is on new recruits and service members who need employment/financial services. The CSFL Career Readiness Counselors will support the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) for both the Army and the Air National Guard.

These Employment counselors/case manager roles will focus on case management of employment assistance and financial education.  The focus is on new recruits and service members who need employment/financial services. Counselors will work with and connect with Department of Labor (DoL) representatives, DoL American Job Centers (AJC’s), and state ESGR members to provide a 360 degree look/review of service and family member requirements/needs, while eliminating duplication of effort. The program familiarize’s service members and their families with the skills necessary for a fulfilling civilian career. It also teaches them how to manage their wages to reduce unemployment, underemployment and improve the financial literacy of the force. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of relevant experience as a Career Readiness Counselor.

Prior military is preferred but not required.

When:  OCT 2017
Pay range: average salary: $17.50 an hour

How:   If interested, please submit your application for the CSFL Career Readiness Counselor at http://csflcareers.com/

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

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NAMI MN mental health training flyers

 

 

NAMI MN mental health training flyers

 

Question, Persuade, Refer 9.26.2017.pdf

Children’s Challenging Behaviors 10.14.2017.pdf

Special Education-Helping Students Succeed 10.24.2017.pdf

safeTALK 11.14.2017.pdf

sychosis (For Professionals) 11.15.2017.pdf

Mental Health Crisis Planning 12.05.2017.pdf

Transitions 2.6.2018.pdf

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis 3.13.2018.pdf

 

Thanking you, in advance.

Melodie

Melodie Hanson, Program Director
Robbinsdale Area Redesign
3730 Toledo Avenue N.
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
melodie_hanson@rdale.org
www.HelpingUsGrow.org
763-504-4981
763-504-4985 (Fax)
763-291-8413 (cell)

 

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW OFFICE LOCATION (LISTED ABOVE) — EFFECTIVE 6/28/2017

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Military Families Learning Network – FREE Virtual Conference

 

The MFLN Virtual Conference is a free four-day virtual learning and networking experience for professionals working with military service members and their families.  Join us for all 4 days, or come whenever your schedule permits.

See the picture below regarding one of our facilitators, Trisha Wohlfeil, and then hop on over to  https://militaryfamilies.extension.org/2017virtualconference/ for 

  • Topics
  • Schedule of Events
  • Registration information

Hope to see you there!

Anita M. Harris Hering
Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor
University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development
Regional Office, St. Cloud
3601  18th Street South
Suite #113
St. Cloud, MN  56301

 

Office:   320-203-6050              Email:      aharris@umn.edu
Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita
Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:  www.extension.umn.edu/family

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PBYR Representation at The MN State Fair

Kudos to Eric and Krismar Waage for their efforts to represent PBYR at the MN State Fair in August 2017.  We are lucky to have them in our network!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chair

Annette writes,

….Thank you for sending such wonderful volunteers from your network!

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

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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.

Respectfully,

  • Mark Muhlenkort
  • mark.muhlenkort@gmail.com
  • mmuhlenkort2000@yahoo.com
  • 612-310-8356
  • Proud member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska

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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
diane.m.buszta.nfg@mail.mil

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Vehicle for Donation

I receive a phone call last week about a vehicle someone would like to donate which includes a Tourney Seat on the passenger side to assist someone in a wheelchair in getting in and out of the vehicle. The specifics to the vehicle are as follows and below are photos of the van.

1999 Dodge Caravan
114,708 miles (see odometer photo)
Tourney Seat on the passenger side and also a rear wheelchair/scooter hoist
No major repairs reported and only minor body damage (small scratches etc.)

Donor’s name and contact information is:
Cynthia Hoffman
Home: 612-727-3022
Cell: 612-508-7768
Located in South Minneapolis near the Minneapolis VAMC.

If you or someone you know are interested in this handicap friendly vehicle please give the donor a call.

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Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque:  “Funraiser” Success!!

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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!!

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DAV Donor Connect Update 08/21/2017

 

Good Morning Donor Connect Friends!

I apologize for not getting the list out last week, it seemed as if it just wasn’t meant to be until this morning and I was actually able to remove two wheelchairs and add an amazing ramp which is also listed towards the end in the featured item section I’ve added.

Within the last two weeks I have been fortunate enough to have had a small part in connecting a Veteran to a handicap van which Hutchinson Chapter 37 had available after upgrading one of their vehicles. I have also been fortunate enough to help St. Cloud Chapter 9 connect a Jazzy 600 electric-wheelchair 08/18/2017 to a Clearwater Veteran after the chapter purchased new batteries for it!

I wanted to thank you all for being so willing to work with me and grow the Donor Connect Program to help get Veterans and their family members items they need, I am truly indebted to you all!

Current requests – I received a call this morning that there is a Veteran in the Brainerd MN area in need of two manual wheelchairs. If there is anyone that has information on chairs that are in the area please forward that information to me.

If you know anyone who could benefit from the information in this email please feel free to share the information or have them contact me with questions.

Donor Connect List 08/2112017

Have an excellent week!

Stephanie Zeimetz

St. Cloud VA HSC

Donor Connect

(320)828-6761

stephanie@davmn.org | www.davmn.org

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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!

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Walk or Run August 19 with Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund!

WHO: Military, Veterans and their Families
WHAT: Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund!
WHEN: Saturday, August 19
WHERE: The event includes a 5K run and a 1-mile walk around Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling.
WHY: This event is free for all military veterans and their immediate families, Scouts, and kids 12 and under! (Everyone must register, even if free.) All participants receive this free event t-shirt.

HOW: Register on this link http://www.thankmntroops.org/announcements/2017-say-thanks-day

MMAF Say Thanks Day Flyer 2017.pdf

MMAF Say Thanks Day Copy.pdf

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MVP Veteran Re-Careering Event

 

WHO: Military personnel in Transition from Service and Veterans
WHAT: Medtronic partner with MVPVets Second Veterans Re-careering Events
WHEN: August 17, 2017 11:30 Am – 2:00PM
WHERE: Medtronic Minneapolis 710 Medtronic Parkway Minneapolis MN 55432
WHY: to help provide career for transitioning Military Personnel
HOW: Contact Juliana Mercer, Managing Director MVPVets 619-363-1241

Email: JMercer@MVPvets.org

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To prevent youth suicide, we must address more than bullying

By Deborah Temkin


Last week, another story of a young person who died by suicide made headlines. As with the majority of articles covering youth suicides over the last decade, the story heavily focused on the role bullying may have played in precipitating the young girl’s death. While bullying could certainly have been a factor in this case (as an outside observer lacking all the facts, I can’t comment on this specific case), the same cannot be said about many incidents of youth suicide. Schools’ bullying prevention efforts are critically important. However, the continued narrative that youth suicide is caused by bullying may divert schools’ focus from solutions that would target more prevalent risk factors for suicide.

From 2007 to 2014, rates of deaths due to suicide among children ages 10 to 14 more than doubled, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is consistent with a more recent study of children’s hospital admissions of children ages 5 to 17 from 2008 to 2015, which found a similar increase. However, over the same time period, rates of bullying for youth ages 12 to 18 significantly declined, from 32 percent in 2007 reporting having been bullied, to 21 percent in 2015. While comparing these two data trends cannot negate a connection between bullying and suicide-and indeed recent data show that youth who have been bullied report higher rates of suicidal ideation-it does suggest that many cases of youth suicide are not a result of bullying.

An analysis of data for youth ages 11 to 15 from the National Violent Death Reporting System, which collects information from 18 states about all reported suicides including precipitating circumstances, found that in 2003 through 2014, only around 9 percent of cases specifically indicated that bullying was a factor leading to the suicide. The same number of cases reported school disciplinary problems (e.g., being suspended from school). However, over half the cases (56 percent) listed relationship issues, primarily with family or intimate dating partners, as a precipitating factor, and a similar percentage (52 percent) of youth were reported to have had mental health problems. The majority of youth suicides (60 percent) involved multiple precipitating factors.

We cannot prevent all incidents of youth suicide by only focusing on bullying. Instead, we must target the many potential risk factors involved. For many schools, this might seem like a daunting task considering the variety of potential issues involved- from bullying to school discipline, to mental and physical health supports, to family engagement. These issues, however, are interconnected.

By approaching suicide prevention holistically-the whole child-instead of focusing solely on a single risk factor such as bullying, we may be better able to stem the tide of youth suicide. Schools can help promote positive relationships between and among students and teachers. They can recognize the contribution of physical wellness to mental wellness. And, they can actively engage families with the school community. In doing so, schools will target many suicide risk factors at once and, by extension, create healthy, safe, nurturing environments where youth suicides may be less likely.

This blog was developed with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant 74616). The views reflected in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Site at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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PBYR Supports Wellness 5K

Maybe not exactly like this but you get the general idea.

On August 4, 2017 PBYR delivered several cases of  water c/o Arden Hills FAC for Danelle Bybee, Minnesota State Coordinator – Contractor, Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) to assist 5K participants with hydration during the event.

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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!

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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 to 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!!

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FREE Boots to Business Reboot Class Coming to Metro Area in July 2017

What: Free Entrepreneurship Training Course
Who: Veterans and their spouses
When: The first step of Reboot will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: At the Minnesota Bankers Association, 8050 Washington Ave South, Suite 150, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Why: Veterans who complete this one day course will then be eligible for step two: a FREE eight-week online entrepreneurship course.
POC: Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316

Boots Business 2017 June.PDF

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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

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Twin Cities Honor Flight – September 30

We will soon have another 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. This fall  flight is expected to have 42 World War II Veterans and over 30 Korean War Veterans, come out and show your support!

WHEN:    Saturday, September 30th, 2017. 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!

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
MN Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155-2004
(O) 651.282.4002
(C) 651.955.3108

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PBYR at work

In June 2017,  PBYR assisted a Milwaukee family of a service member that is scheduled to come to Minnesota in July for specialized surgery.  PBYR provided $200 of gas and food gift cards as the family will need to remain in Minnesota for extensive follow-up medical care after the  specialty surgery. We wish the family well and hope the child recovers quickly!

Thank You

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Home Depot Orange Honors Military Spouse Scholarship contest

Click on picture to make it larger if needed

What: Home Depot Orange Honors scholarship Program

Who: Military Spouses

When: Essays taken from 7 June – 12 July 2017

How: To apply visit http://militaryspouse.com/orangehonors

Please see PDF for additional information

Home Depot Orange Honors 2017.PDF

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St. Paul Saints – Free Military Appreciation Game

What: Free St Paul Saints game for Military – presented by USAA

When: July 2, 2017 gates open 3:30 first pitch at 5:05

Where: CHS Field

Please see PDF below for more information.

USAA Flyer-2Jul.pdf

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CAPSH is now CAP-HC

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.

CAPSH-Rename-CAP-HC.PDF

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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

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Why Taps is played at Funerals

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps was played; this brings out a new meaning of it.

Here is something Every American should know. We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, ‘Taps…’ It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

But, do you know the story behind the song?  If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Elli was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia . The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Elli heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment..

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform.  This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as ‘Taps’ used at military funerals was born.

The words are:

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh

I too have felt the chills while listening to ‘Taps’ but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn’t even know there was more than one verse.  I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn’t know if you had either so I thought I’d pass it along. I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.

Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.

Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

Please send this on after a short prayer. Make this a Prayer wheel for our soldiers … please don’t break it.

I didn’t!

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Lake Trails camping events

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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

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FREE MAC V Free Legal Clinic – June 13

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

2017-06-13-macv-mpls-legal-clinic.pdf

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

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Military Appreciation Night – St. Paul Saints

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

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The Ultimate Nature Experience

What: The Ultimate Nature Experience
Who: Youth ages 11-16
Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN
When: 21-25 June
Register: By June 1, 2017 at www.Tunecampmn.com

To see what happens at this camp you might want to check out some of their photo archives.

TUNE Flyer 2017.pdf

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Who: All Military Youth
What: MWR Virtual Summer Reading
When: June 1 – July 31
Where: Check on-line using the below link
Register: https://dodvirtualsrp.beanstack.org/reader365 and for additional information please see the PDF below.

Virtual SRP Flyer.pdf

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Do you know a Champion for Change?

Do you know a young person between the ages of 10 and 18 who’s been a champion for positive mental health in their school or community? We want to celebrate their awesome commitment to mental heath by inviting them to submit their story for our second annual Champion for Change Award.

To submit an entry they will need to record a video detailing how they have been a champion for those with mental health needs and submit it along with the online entry form.

Deadline: All entry materials (video, entry form, consent form) must be submitted by September 25, 2017 and winners will be notified by email no later than September 29, 2017.

Up to three videos will be selected and the award recipients will be celebrated and their videos shown at MACMH’s Silent Auction and Award Gala on Friday, November 10 at the Edinburgh Golf Course in Brooklyn Park.

 Contest Rules                Video Content Guide

Winners will receive a Commendation from Governor Mark Dayton and a $100 gift card!

Check out videos from last year’s award recipients!

Questions? Email or call us at 651-644-7333

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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

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MN Department of Corrections On Site Career Fair

WHO: Military, Veterans and their Family

WHAT: MN Department of Corrections On Site Career Fair

WHEN: June 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 7525 4th Ave, Lino Lakes, MN 55014

Explore exciting careers with the MN Department of Corrections. For questions prior to the event please contact Sarah Koivisto 651-717-6175 sarah.koivisto@state.mn.us

Please see attached for more information:

MN Dept of Corrections Career Fair Flier 2017

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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.

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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

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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

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Free Durable Medical Equipment is Available!!

PBYR will help highlight the availability of donated durable medical equipment, e.g., wheel chairs, walkers etc on the PBYR website. There is no charge if people need to use this equipment. The Heinzen-Ditter VFW has stored durable medical equipment as a result of their work with the Gerry Dykoff Loan Shelf program (telephone 612 865-0247). Jim Heimerl at the VFW can also be contacted at (763) 478-2077. This equipment will certainly assist service members, veterans and their families when need arises. PBYR thanks Heinzen-Ditter and the Gerry Dykoff Loan Shelf program for these thoughtful and helpful efforts!!

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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.

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Minneapolis MACV FREE Legal Clinic – May 9

Subject: Minneapolis MACV Legal Clinic

Who: The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is hosting a free Legal clinic for Veterans

What: Free legal clinic for Veterans

When: May 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Where: Minneapolis 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

For more information contact: Vetlaw Program – MACV | 651-200-4750

macv-mpls-legal-clinic.pdf

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

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Minneapolis Service Platoon Leader Position Available – The Mission Continues

Subject: Minneapolis Service Platoon Leader Position Available – The Mission Continues

Twin Cities Veterans!

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, and lead a team of volunteers through a series of projects and opportunities – then we encourage you to join us at THE MISSION CONTINUES!

This is your opportunity to report for duty in your community as a leader! The Mission Continues has an immediate need to select a new Platoon Leader for the Minneapolis Service Platoon that is serving North Minneapolis (see attached Operation North Advance description). The candidate who is selected would be required to attend Charlie Class 2017 Orientation in Boston, July 14-16, 2017; flight, room and board are covered! Your role as Platoon Leader would officially start after completing your training at Charlie Class.

Mission Continues Service Platoon Leaders are at the forefront of a movement of veterans continuing their service in their home communities. Service Platoon Leaders are responsible for organizing a Platoon, recruiting members, planning missions or service projects, and upholding The Mission Continues core values at all times. They’ll work directly with The Mission Continues staff to achieve these goals.

For more information and to apply to serve as a volunteer Platoon Leader, CLICK HERE:https://www.missioncontinues.org/service-platoons/lead/

Applications are due no later than MAY 15, 2017 – so apply today! IF you have applied to be a Platoon Leader in the past 6-months, then I ask instead of re-submitting an online application, notify me directly at lfreeman@missioncontinues.org  of your interest to apply.

To see how you can get involved in your Community: Charlie Mike

Platoons One Pager Minneapolis.pdf

In Service,

  • Lee Freeman
  • City Impact Manager
  • The Mission Continues | 1400 Van Buren St. NE Ste 200 | Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • M: 612-202-7958
  • www.missioncontinues.org
  • Facebook | Twitter | Donate | CFC #46324

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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.

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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.

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April’s FAC BTYR Newsletter

Attached please find the newsletter for April. I hope these have some value. Thank you again to Buffalo BTYR for sending me your bio! Please let me know if you have questions that you would like addressed, suggestions you would like to offer, or information you want to share.

Arden Hills April Newletter-BYR.pdf

Arden Hills FAC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon News archives

Thank you for all you do for Our military and their families!

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
SKYLINE ULTD, Contractor

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181

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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

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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

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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

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PBYR Assists Widow with Transition to Assisted Living

In April 2017, a Plymouth family needed assistance for the widow of a veteran and they contacted PBYR. The widow, 81 years old had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and as a result needed to go to assisted living. Many of her personal belongings were damaged by an infestation of mice when she left Minnesota for the winter. PBYR’s Board discussed the request and assisted the family with gift certificates to secure needed transition items that would help set up her new home as well as locating other resources suggested by the FAC. PBYR’s fast response was greatly appreciated. The family writes:

“Hi Gary,

We are absolutely astounded at this benevolence and generosity. Thank you so much, the depth and breadth of our gratitude is unspeakable. M__ is weeping with joy!

Our address is ____________________________________

I hope you will please add me to your future mailing list as we would like to return our gratitude to other Veteran’s and their families in the future.

Warm regards, __”

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April PARTNERS announcements

Partners

Thank you to everyone for the great sharing of resources for summer activities for our youth and families at the PARTNERS meeting last week. I have updated the Summer Activities Resource Guide and the information will be posted on the PARTNERS for Healthy Kids page on the WPS website. As you come across additional resources and activities for families please send them to me and I will be sure to keep the document updated. http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/Page/19770

A reminder that PARTNERS for Healthy Kids and WPS will be hosting an “Awareness Day Live!” webinar and discussion event on Thursday, May 4th, 5:30-7:30pm, Healthy Living Center, Ridgedale YMCA, as part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Please see attached flyer with additional information. Space is limited.

Registration – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day-awareness-day-live-tickets-33637177704

Please review and send any corrections or additions. The final PARTNERS meeting for 2016-2017 will be Wednesday, May 10th at 3:00-4:15pm at the Plymouth Library – Plymouth meeting room.

Summer Youth Activity Guide 2017

2017 Awareness Day Live!

Thank you!

  • Margy Herbert
  • margy@partnersforhealthykids.org
  • margaret.herbert@wayzata.k12.mn.us
  • Office: 763-745-5037
  • Mobile: 763-438-0914

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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

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Personal Financial Counselor available for Military members and their Families

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What: Personal Financial Counselor available for Military members and their Families

Where: Metro Area, but is able to travel within a 50 mile radius

How: To schedule contact Craig Hovland, AFC(r) Personal Financial Counselor at (612)-297-0295 or by email at PFC.FortSnelling.USAR@Zeiders.com

PFC Brochure – CraigHovland

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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

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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

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We have openings for our Family Assistance Center Representatives all over the state, please see the PDF’s below for additional information.
JOB TITLE: Family Assistance Center (FAC) Specialist

EMPLOYER: Skyline ULTD Inc.

OPEN PERIOD: Currently Open- Thursday 6 April 2017

POSITION INFOMRATION: Full-Time Contract

VACANCY LOCATION: Various locations throughout the state of MN

HOW TO APPLY:

1. Please go to our website http://www.skyline-ultd.com “Careers” page for complete job description.
2. Click on “Job Announcements.
3. Use the search bar and type in the job location.
4. Click the “APPLY” button to complete an electronic application.
POINT OF CONTACT: Mrs Nancy Launderville nancy.l.launderville.ctr@mail.mil or 651-282-4209

FACSpecialist-Announcement-Bemidji,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-CampRipley,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-DetroitLakes,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-Duluth,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-Rosemount,MN.pdf

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What: A free hiring event for Veterans, Transitioning Military Personnel, National Guard Members, Reserve Members, and Spouses

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: 1301 2nd Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55430

How: https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/minneapolis-veterans-job-fair-april-27-2017
Please see attached for more information.

Minneapolis_Expo_Flyer_0417

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There are many ways to support Veterans, Service Members and their families. The VFWs do this in a variety of important ways 24/7 and they also need our help and support for their efforts from time to time.

Heinzen-Ditter VFW, a longstanding partner with PBYR is sprucing up the exterior of their building with lighted signs—a not inexpensive task! This will permit easier recognition of the building and provide a more welcoming atmosphere and entry.

The PBYR Board recently approved a $200 donation for this work and recognizes the need to support such a valued partner. These signs are pricey and any additional financial support that you could provide as individuals or as companies would be appreciated by Heinzen-Ditter VFW and PBYR. Their address is —

  • Hamel VFW #5903
    19020 Hamel Rd,
    Plymouth, MN 55446

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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

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What: Month of the Military Child Celebration

When: 21 April 2017 2-10pm

Where: Mall of America

Please note; space is limited and you must register for both the Build a Bear event and Free Nickelodeon Universe wristbands.

Thanks!

For additional details on the Month of the Military Child Celebration please see our previous blog here.

MOMC2017-21April

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Free Dental Treatment for Veterans!

Dear Yellow Ribbon Networks, FREE dental care for veterans is available. This is a first come, first served basis so please post right away. Note the contact information at the bottom of the flyer – the dental practices do not want to receive calls. Once they have a list of veterans interested and filled, they will contact them directly with information.

Operation Open Wide 2017 Revise Notice.pdf

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Folds of Honor Scholarships

WHO: Military Families
WHAT: Folds of Honor Scholarship Programs
WHEN: Open until March 31, 2017
WHERE: Folds of Honor website (see the attached document for more details)
WHY: Opportunity for military veteran-families to apply for scholarships opportunities
HOW: To apply, go to https://www.foldsofhonor.org/resources/scholarships/
Questions can be emailed to scholarships@foldsofhonor.org

FINAL FOH Impact Report 2016.pdf

Childrens Fund Application Checklist.pdf

Higher Education Application Checklist.pdf

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Kudos to J. H. Larson Company

Kudos to J. H. Larson Company, Plymouth for offering to donate faucets in the recent request for service!! We greatly appreciate their membership in the PBYR network and their kind and generous offer!!

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DISNEY ON ICE presents DREAM BIG!

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WHO: Veterans, Military service members and Military families
WHAT: Disney on Ice
WHEN: March 1-5, 2017
WHERE: Target Center
WHY: There is a military discount available for military families and veterans take advantage of this great offer
HOW: Go to this website http://bit.ly/dreambig_military
POC: Call Karen Swan (ask about the military discount for the Disney on Ice) 6126731300

Disney on Ice presents DREAM BIG!.pdf

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Thrivent Financial free event

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WHO: All interested persons
WHAT: Information for when you are buying a home or vacation property
WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:00-6:30: Check-in and social hour from 6:00-6:30 and seminar presentation from 6:30-7:15.
WHERE: CRAVE in the West End in St. Louis Park (just west of Highway 100 and south of I-394).
WHY: It is a free event, hosted by Thrivent Financial
HOW: Please RSVP to Gary Vig, if interested. Office: 952-358-3455 Cell: 612-998-0883 More information at http://Thrivent.com

ATTENTION: Notification regarding the following resource is provided to you for your information/awareness only, and does not constitute any National Guard Bureau or Minnesota National Guard endorsement. Participation is at your own risk.

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Brain Injury Awareness Day – March 22

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If you could help circulate this, it would be greatly appreciated. I have the attached flyers (that you can view below as PDF’s) printed out, and would be happy to come bring more to you if you’re interested.

We reserved space in the VA auditorium on 3/22 from 1-4 pm for a small TBI symposium. We’re still ironing out the specifics, but it’ll have elements of a resource fair, with some interactive activities, showcase some research, and include a talk by Kelvin Lim, MD. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending, and please feel free to disseminate this to other interested parties.

DVBIC recently announced that the theme for BIAM 2017 is called Think Ahead. The theme includes prevention, identification and treatment subthemes – Be safe. Know the signs. Get help.

Some of the messages that DVBIC will be broadcasting via social media include:

Since 2000, more than 350,000+ service members were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Support #BIAmonth and our military community by joining the #ThinkAhead hashtag campaign.

Line leaders, service members and veterans: Learn the basics of #TBI and when to get checked out during #BIAmonth. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/recognize

U.S. Navy SEAL Brain O’Rourke’s wife noticed his symptoms of insomnia, irritability and anxiety. Her awareness helped lead to his #TBI diagnosis. Share his inspirational story of recovery throughout #BIAmonth. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/blog/tbi-diagnosis-helped-save-family

After an incident such as a fall, motor vehicle collision, or sports-related injury, medical personnel look for signs of a TBI. Learn how service members are screened for possible brain injuries with @Military Health. http://www.health.mil/military-health-topics/conditions-and-treatments/physical-disability/traumatic-brain-injury/TBI-Screening

U.S. Army veteran Randy Gross uses his previous experiences with brain injury to help connect with service members and show them that recovery is possible. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/blog/veteran-who-sustained-tbi-helps-fellow-service-members-brain-injury-care

MYTH: #TBI only affects individual service members, not the unit. FACT: #TBI affects a unit’s readiness and retention. Stay mission ready and prevent #TBI in garrison with tips from @A Head for the Future. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/materials

Know the symptoms of concussion with this #DVBIC fact sheet: https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/files/resources/DVBIC_SS_Mild-TBI_FactSheet_2015-09-23_English.pdf

I have a wealth of new handouts, charts, etc. please let me know if you’re interested and I can bring them to you.

general flyer.pdf

symposium flyer.pdf

Best,

  • Justin Heesakker M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. OM
  • Regional Education Coordinator
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
  • Contractor-General Dynamics Health Solutions
  • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • One Veterans Drive
  • Minneapolis, MN 55417
  • Office: (612) 629-7489
  • Mobile: (612) 443-7683
  • Justin.Heesakker@va.gov

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Looking for Veteran’s to participate in VA Focus groups

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Please help pass the word to any veterans who may be interested in participating in a VA focus group at the Minneapolis VA. This particular studio will be focusing on mental health care for PTSD (PTSD diagnosis not needed), but please don’t let that discourage people as they will have various different subjects for these studios down the road! Veterans who receive/received care from the VA are prioritized but not disqualified if they have no VA affiliation.

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach=20
MN Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155-2004
(O) 651.282.4002
(C) 651.955.3108

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military-child-logoThank you to so many of you who have participated in April, the Month of the Military Child in the past. It is almost that time of year! There are several events and activities planned for April! Please see the information below and proudly support Minnesota’s Hidden Heroes and wear purple on April 21st for Purple Up Day. Also, post any activities you do using the hashtag #PurpleUpMN. There will be more information to come about the April 21st Purple Up day event. Below are some activities that will take place prior to April 21.

Order a Purple Up Shirt by March 7 to receive it by April 1. http://www.nsapparelcompany.com/collections/month-of-the-military-child

Military-connected Youth can receive a letter of recognition from Gov. Mark Dayton website will be live from April 1-30 at http://www.MinnesotaVeteran.org

Submit an entry (now through April 17) in the Art Contest themed “Military Pride”. (see attached flyer for details)

Military families – email a photo that depicts what it looks like for your child to be in a military family. Email to State Family Programs Assistant 2LT Hannah Warner @ hannah.r.warner2.mil@mail.ml l

Please check our Facebook page for periodic updates @ https://www.facebook.com/MnNationalGuardYouthPrograms/.

Other best practices include sending thank you notes of appreciation through the school district to give to military youth, inviting a service member to the local library to read a book to kids, visiting military youth in the schools to give them thank you bags full of goodies, highlight some military youth in local newsletter or paper, hosting a military youth appreciation party, asking city leaders, the business community and teachers to wear purple on Fridays throughout the month, many ways to say thank you to your communities children during the month.

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2017-photo-contest-sm.pdf

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Thank you for your ongoing support!

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
MN Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155-2004
(O) 651.282.4002
(C) 651.955.3108

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Roger Jensen Passes Away

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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.

Jim Heimerl

(651) 261-3111

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Hamel VFW Dance — Fabulous Del Counts

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The Fabulous Del Counts will be back at the Hamel VFW on Saturday, March 4th. In January they played to a large crowd. Folks loved our full ballroom floor. The Del Counts threw in some country and polkas along with great classic Rock & Roll to liven things up. If you missed it you missed a darn fun time. So join us in March for another great evening of dancing. We’re putting the fun back in Hamel!

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Teen Resiliency workshop

Teen Resiliency:

An Integrative Skills-Based Model to Help Teens Develop Self Awareness & Enhance Well-Being

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The Teen Resiliency Program is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance social, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, this model integrates principles from Holistic Psychiatry, Integrative Nutrition, Yoga-Based Movement and Mindfulness Meditation. Participants in this workshop will be guided through the Resiliency Model while analyzing its neuroscientific foundation.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, LGSW, E-RYT-200, President and Owner – 1000 Petals LLC & Kevin Harrington, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Private Practice

Friday, February 24
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mounds View Community Center
5394 Edgewood Drive
Mounds View, MN 55112
Level: Basic | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content
3 CEHs | $89

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MACMH 2017
Winter Training Series

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Mounds View * Andover * Minneapolis

Don’t miss our group discount!

Groups of 5+ from the same agency or organization receive 10% off their registration.

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Meditating girlThe Power and Promise in the Use of Guided Imagery

February 17 | Minneapolis, MN

Considered an alternative therapy for years, this session will explore guided imagery’s growing acceptance in the medical and scientific world-including research showing that practicing guided imagery can create…

Learn More | Register

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Teen Resiliency: An Integrative Skills-Based Model

February 24 | Mounds View, MN

The Teen Resiliency Program is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance social, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being…

Learn More | Register

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teen-5The Emergence and Management of Psychopathic Behavior in Youth

March 2 | Andover, MN

Research and clinical experience has identified a cluster of serious behaviors termed “callous-unemotional traits” in children. These youth may follow a developmental pathway to antisocial behavior…

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teen-6Mindfully Parenting Your Spirited Child – Special workshop for parents and caregivers!

March 6 | St. Paul, MN

This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the neuroscience and practical applications of mindful parenting based on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel…

Learn More | Register

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Did you know?

Proceeds from these events fund our
community and parent support programs!

Thank you for making this possible!

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Family Zoo Overnight

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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.

2017-March FOVN.pdf

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

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Free Tax Services from Military OneSource

Now that tax season is in full swing…please pass along the information below about our tax services to service/family members. Veterans are eligible to use Military OneSource services as long as they are within the 180 day window of their service date (example: A service member separated or retired 5 Oct 16 and file before 3 Apr 17, it is within the 180 day window thus are eligible).

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Service members and military families — here’s a benefit that helps you master your taxes. Free, easy-to-use MilTax software and support services can make quick work of tax time. No need to pay for outside tax assistance or risk missing specific military tax breaks. MilTax is made for military life, so you get more, including:

Tax preparation and filing software

Use our MilTax software to prepare and file your taxes online. This free software is tailored to military life — addressing scenarios including multiple moves, deployments and more. You can work anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Plus, calculations have a 100 percent accuracy guarantee.

Specialized phone support

Get Free Tax Software

Get started using free MilTax software to prepare and file your taxes online.

You can talk with a trained MilTax consultant free during tax season (January through April 18) seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST or EDT at 800-342-9647. After April 18, trained tax consultants are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. Call anytime to schedule an appointment.

In-person tax assistance

Talk to a Tax Consultant

Call 800-342-9647 to speak with a Military OneSource tax consultant — remember these consultations are free.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free in-person tax preparation and assistance at locations on and off base worldwide. Self-file using MilTax software at a kiosk where available. Work with a trained tax professional on site. Or, arrange to drop off your paperwork and come back to e-file when your return is ready.

Helpful articles and online resources

In our Taxes section, you’ll find articles with valuable information on how to file your tax return, such as “Tax Filing Made Simple” and “Filing Taxes When a Service Member is Deployed.” You can learn how new tax laws might affect you. And you can connect with Military OneSource financial counselors to make the most of your money.

MilTax serves those who serve. As a military member, you and your family are eligible for these exclusive resources. Make quick work of tax time with all the MilTax tools and services you’ve earned.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • michael.meier@militaryonesource.com

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College Grants and Scholarship Availability

See the PDF below that best fits your needs.

See the PDF below that best fits your needs.

As we head into our new year many are looking for resources for college grants and scholarships. Attached please find a listing of some resources available to our military members, their spouses, and children to help with the financial aid process.

List of Grants and Scholarship opportunities.pdf

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Home Depot and Lowe’s Offer Military Discounts

I received an email on another discount that is offered to military members from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Please read below as to the details for receiving 10% off your purchases. Some exclusions also apply. While I was verifying the requirements, I also came across a site on the Home Depot page that lists some of the wonderful things they have done for our military members and families.

What: Home Depot/Lowe’s Military Discounts

PBYR - Home Depot logo**Home Depot Military/Veteran Discount Policy

They offer a 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID, every day of the week.

All other military veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day.

lowes_logo_pms_280**Lowe’s Military/Veteran Discount Policy

They offer an all day, every day 10 percent discount to all military personnel who are active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card.

All other military veterans will receive the discount on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day weekends.

But please remember when asking about the discount, if the employee does not understand, do not make a big deal out of it. Ask to speak with the manager, and have your ID with you. And it must be a valid Government issued ID. It seems sometimes the employees get confused as to which policy a person falls under, which is understandable if they never served. So please be patient and courteous when asking about the discount.

Remember if you are a Veteran, but not Active, Reserve, Retired or disabled Veteran you are only authorized the discount on the above stated Holidays.

If you Are Active, Reserve, Retired, or a Disabled Veteran with a valid ID you can get the discount any day of the week.

To read some great things that Home Depot has done for our military members:

https://corporate.homedepot.com/community

  • Yolonda Von Itter
  • Military Family Assistance Specialist
  • HRCI Contractor

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Veteran’s Business Exploration seminar

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The attached PDF flyer is an advertisement for an upcoming Veteran’s Business Exploration seminar. Thanks for helping us get the word out.

Veterans and their spouses are invited to hear from small business owners and professional experts who will share perspectives during four key panels and
break-out sessions.

The date is March 11, 2017

The place is the VA Medical Center

The time is 8:00am-2:00pm

Breakfast is provided

Veteran’s and their spouses are welcome

Thanks again.

Vets-March 11th-Work shops va.PDF

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Operation Valentine

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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

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Hamel VFW 2017 Newsletter

vfwSince 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.

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PBYR values the continuing partnership with the VFW

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Military One Source Free tax consultations and electronic filing

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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

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Complimentary Ice Fishing Program For Kids and Vets!!

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WHO: Kids and Military Veterans

WHAT: Free Ice Fishing Events!

WHEN/WHERE: There are multiple events! Take a look at the events below and see the attachments for more details.

1- Camp Tanadoona on Lake Minnewashta: Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th 2017, 2017; from 8am – 6pm
2- Lake Harriet in MPLS: Sunday, February 26th from 8am – 6pm
3- Medicine Lake: Saturday February 4th from 1pm – 4pm
4- White Bear Lake: Saturday February 11th from 1pm – 4pm

WHY: This is an opportunity to participate in a free complimentary ice fishing event while experiencing quality time with your children.

HOW: To register see the attachments included on this email which correspond to the event you are interested in.

ABOUT: Most events will have heated, portable ice houses that participants can fish out of. All of the holes will be drilled, houses set up, and bait/gear provided for. All you have to do is show up and catch some fish! **All participants must sign a waiver before participating, and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult**

BFF Flyer.pdf

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Lake-Harriet-flyer.pdf

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White-Bear-Lake-flyer.pdf

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Child Youth and School Support Position Vacancy – Cottage Grove

job_vacancy-550x415Below and attached is a Child Youth and School Support (CYSS) job opportunity. This is a Full-Time civilian contracted position and we are looking for widest dissemination. Please share the attached information with Soldiers, Airmen and civilians.

JOB TITLE: Child and Youth Program Coordinator (CYPC)

EMPLOYER: Cognitive Professional Services

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday 25 January 2017- Wednesday 8 February 2017

POSITION INFOMRATION: Full-Time Contract

VACANCY LOCATION: Cottage Grove, MN

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit resume via email recruiting@cog-ps.com

Point of contact for this position is: Ms Mary Orr at Mary.Orr@cog-ps.com or 703-562-0553

Child Youth & School Support.2-8-2017.pdf

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 Maple Grove BTYR Steak Fry – February 26

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Need a night out for a good cause? Please see below and attached for the Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s Steak Fry night.

What: Steak Fry Fundraiser

When: Sunday, Feb. 26th 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:30pm

Where: Osseo/Maple Grove Legion * 260 4th Ave SE, Osseo MN

$10.00 for Steak, Walleye or Shrimp
$2 extra for Combo plates. Available at the door.

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History Theatre Special discount tickets for Military Members and their Families

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Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried Adapted for the stage by Jim Stowell

Based on the quintessential book about the Vietnam experience, Pearce Bunting (Radio Man) plays Tim O’Brien, whose personal journey took him from Macalester College to the jungles of Vietnam and back. The Things They Carried is a powerful, clever, and provocative story of loss and redemption.

Performances are 80 minutes with post-show Q&A.
*Offer subject to availability. Book today!

What: Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried Production

When: February 14-February 23, 2017

Where: 30 East 10th Street St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

How: SPECIAL $5 TICKETS! Call Craig, Group Sales, at 651-292-4320 for details

http://www.historytheatre.com/2016-2017/things-they-carried

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Free Drop-In Clinic in Minneapolis and Anoka

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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

2017-03-02-macv free legal clinic anoka.pdf

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Free Wild Turkey Hunt for Youth – April 22-23, 2017

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Who: All military youth ages 11-18, who have a family member in the military currently serving or recently (within 2 years) retired.

When: April 22-23, 2017

Where: locations TBD

About: Free ($100 value) Wild Turkey Hunt for military youth is hosted by Child and Youth Services of the MN Army National Guard with sponsorship from MN Department of Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation. Volunteers will be on staff to insure a safe and exciting hunt for our youth. Wear warm weather gear (i.e. boots, gloves, jacket, etc.) Hunting supplies will be provided, however please bring a hunting gun if you have one. Firearms Safety is required prior to participating in this hunt.

Information: MN DNR Registration is open!! http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/turkeyhunt/index.html

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FAC Position Open in Rosemount

Job OpeningAttached is an announcement to fill a Family Assistance Center Position. There is a short deadline to apply and please note that while it will start in Rosemount, it has the potential to move to the Bloomington Armory. For more detailed information please see the PDF below. Let’s help gather some great candidates! Deadline to apply is 05 February 2017.

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FREE DENTAL CARE: Dentistry from the Heart, January 18th

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What: This event provides free limited dental care for individuals in need.
* All treatments are on a first-come, first serviced basis
* New patients only
* No appointment is required
* Please bring a list of medications and health information

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 beginning at 7am

Where: 33 Tenth Ave S, Suite 250 Hopkins, MN 55343

How: Walk in Questions? http://www.shamblottfamilydentistry.com or call 952-935-5599

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Veteran Job Fair – January 25

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WHO: Veterans and Service members seeking employment
WHAT: South Metro Veterans Job Fair
WHEN: Wednesday January 25, 2017; 9:00am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Dakota County Technical College 1300 145th St E, Rosemount MN 55068
WHY: Meet with top Twin Cities employers for employment opportunities
HOW: For more information visit http://www.dctc.edu/veterans-event
POC: 651-423-8000

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Bowling Day Fundraiser for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities

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Who: All

What: Bowling Fundraiser for area military families supported by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities

Where: Doyle’s Bowling and Lounge 5000 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55429

When: Sunday, Jan. 29 11 a.m.-1 p.m. After bowling, visit the Crystal VFW Post #494 for lunch and bowling performances prizes. Crystal VFW Post #494 5222 56th Ave. N. (Bass Lake Rd., in Crystal)

How: Sign up at Doyles at 10:30 a.m. Bowling at 11 a.m. $20 per person (includes three games, shoes and lunch)

Join the Quad Communities of Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale as it supports local service members. Donations received through fundraising activities are given back to military personnel and families in need. Please see PDF Flyer below for more information.

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Coins tossed into Hennepin County Government Center pool aren’t just for wishes

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There is a nice story in this mornings issue of the Star Tribune “Minnesota” section by Kelly Smith that might warm your heart on this cold Minnesota day. Many of us have thrown a coin or two in a pool and made a wish and never gave it a second thought. Little did we know that we were helping local charities.

In 2016 PBYR was one of those lucky enough to be a recipient. So next time that you wander by the Hennepin County Government Center pool, reach in your pocket or purse and drop in a coin or two as you make a wish, you are not the only one that will benefit. I am not going to spoil the rest of the story for you but you can read it here.

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Let’s Work Together

Jeff Grates

I took this picture of Jeff Grates swabbing the floor at the VFW wearing his Packer jersey yesterday. The picture’s kinda funny, but telling. Jeff was an Army Command Sgt. Major for 28 years. He also spent over 40 years in law enforcement. On New Years Day 2017 Jeff is still doing what he can to serve veterans and his community. He could have been any place celebrating, but he had chores he wouldn’t let slide. Jeff’s not unique. Each of you have done the same thing . It’s this commitment that makes the American Legion, VFW, Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart so special. We’re family. We argue, fight, get peed off over operational differences and much more. However, we are family and that makes us strong.

Everyone needs help at some point. No one stands up and advocates for veterans and their families more than the Legion, VFW, Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart. No one!! Our family had some squabbles in 2016 for sure. I’m asking each of you to put that in the past and recommit to helping our fellow veterans. You’ve all heard me say it a hundred times. “If we don’t look out for us no one else will”. Many veterans were treated terribly when they came home from the service. Please, let’s stand together and never allow that to happen again.

I’m asking you to forward this e-mail to the other veterans in our Post’s and community. It’s important that our servicemen and women know they’re not alone. I have very few e-mail addresses in my book so I need your help. Thanks in advance. Together we can make 2017 a very good year!

God Bless,

Jim Heimerl – Heinzen-Ditter Commander

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Build Your Dreams 5-Day Self Employment Workshop

What: Get a practical overview of the fundamentals required to start a small business in this FREE 5-day workshop for veterans and their family members.

When: Mondays Jan. 30 – Feb. 27, 2017 6:00-9:00 PM

Where: Women Venture 2012 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55413

How: Space is limited to the first 30 registrants, so register now at:
http://www.stpaul.score.org
or call (651) 632-8937

Build-your-dream-2017.pdf

No cost to veterans

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Hiring Corrections Officers

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WHO: All Military, Veteran, families and the community

WHAT: Hiring Correction Officers
WHEN: Applications accepted December 12, 2016 – December 30, 2016
WHERE: Apply online at the Minnesota Careers website www.mn.gov/careers
WHY: Join a team with a national reputation for excellence
HOW: www.doc.state.mn.us
ABOUT: Salary: $17.17 to $20.37 ($35,851 to $42,533 annual) – Upon successful academy completion
$18.73 to $27.07 ($39,108 to $56,522 annual)- After one year
Work Locations: MN Correctional Facilities in Faribault, Lino Lakes, Moose Lake/Willow River, Oak Park Heights, Red Wing, Rush City, St. Cloud, Shakopee, and Stillwater

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To stay connected on the latest and greatest events and resources for Service members, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheYellowRibbon/ and sign up for the e-postcard today!

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Holes 4 Heroes – Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN

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WHO: All Branches Currently serving and Veterans

WHAT: Ice Fishing Event

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 4, 2017

WHERE: H4H, West Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN

HOW: http://www.fishingforlife.org/pages/home

POC: General Inquires, tom@fishingforlife.org or (612) 987-5466

Fishing for Life serves kids, families & communities through fishing and outdoor programs.

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Holes 4 Heroes – White Bear Lake

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WHO: All Branches Currently serving and Veterans

WHAT: Ice Fishing Event

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

WHERE: H4H, East White Bear Lake in MN

HOW: http://www.fishingforlife.org/pages/home

POC: General Inquires, tom@fishingforlife.org or (612) 987-5466

Fishing for Life serves kids, families & communities through fishing and outdoor programs.

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Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas

The December 13, 2016 edition of the Sun Sailor newspaper had a very nice story written by Kristen Miller about how:

Students from Greenwood Elementary hope to spread some holiday cheer among the Minnesota soldiers serving overseas. During the fourth annual Paws to Do Good Family Service Night Dec. 8, students wrote personalized letters thanking soldiers for their service and wished them a happy holiday season as a service through Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.”

You can read the entire article by going to Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas .

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Military OneSource Tax Services are Free

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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 .

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Minnesota Wild 5th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night

Minnesota_WildThe 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

Offer Includes:

* 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

pbyrlogomodThe 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
(O) 651.282.4002
(C) 651.955.3108

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Medtronic Career Awareness Day

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On January 25th, 2017, Medtronic will be sponsoring Medtronic Career Awareness Day in partnership with and hosted by Minnesota National Guard Arden Hills Army Training Site. Medtronic leaders, recruiters and Veteran Employee Resource Group members will be discussing various career areas within the organization, and the skill translation of military experience into careers at Medtronic.

Please RSVP your attendance for the event before the event and send your questions to
heather.a.folkestad@medtronic.com.  Please see the PDF below for additional information.

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Community Service Night at Greenwood Elementary School, Plymouth, MN

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Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR) was delighted to participate in the Greenwood Elementary School’s Community Service night on December 8, 2016. For additional information please see the PDF below.

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Twin Cities Honor Flight – May 6

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I just received the confirmed 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. If you know of any World War II Veterans that have not been on a flight, please encourage them to apply at: http://honorflighttwincities.org/. We are trying to find them all!

A waiting list is starting for Korean War Veterans as well.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017. 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 cheers!

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FREE Christmas toys and stocking stuffers at the Arden Hills Family Assistance Center

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Who: All Service members, Their Families, and Veterans

What: Free toys, puzzles, books, and other items available free of cost for Military Families.

Where: Ben Franklin Readiness Center- 1536 Ben Franklin Dr Arden Hills, MN 55112, Please call if you need directions and/or once you get here so I can meet you at the door and let you in 651-282-4055.

When: Now through Christmas

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181

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PBYR Sincerely Thanks the Greenwood Students, Parents and Staff for the Donation of $350 in Gift Cards!!!!

thank-youPBYR Sincerely Thanks the Greenwood Students, Parents and Staff for the Donation of $350.00 in Gift Cards!!!!

pbyr-img_0197We greatly appreciated the invitation to participate in Community Service Night at Greenwood Elementary School on Dec 8, 2017. Jennifer and I saw that Greenwood is a school that is clearly doing very well! The students and their parents were delightful and there was a lot of positive energy present! Kristen Miller, Editor from Sun Sailor also came to the event and will write an article with pictures.

pbyr-img_0201The students drew beautiful pictures and wrote very nice letters to soldiers which we will forward to the Family Assistance Center (FAC) in Arden Hills to send to soldiers needing a boost.Additionally, the parents and students donated $350.00 in gift cards for food, gas and personal items which will be used in emergency requests for service and assistance for veterans, service members or their families that contact PBYR directly or that are identified by a member of the PBYR network or through our partnership with the Plymouth Police Department or Heinzen Ditter VFW. The PBYR Treasurer will be given the cards for safe storage until needed!!pbyr-img_0207

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Discount ticket offer for World’s Toughest Rodeo

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WHO: Military, Veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Communities

WHAT: Discount ticket offer to the upcoming World’s Toughest Rodeo

WHEN: February 3-4, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

ABOUT: Save $5 on select seating when ordering on-line at Caution-www.xcelenergycenter.com/military or via the attached order form. For additional info please see PDF below. Offer expires January 30, 2017.

POC: Karen Reisinger, Xcel Energy Center Group Sales Coordinator; 317 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 312-3486 – direct (651) 726-8246 – fax

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Wild Turkey Hunt for Military Families and Youth

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WHO: Children of all branches ages 12-17 with valid firearms Safety Certificate. Youth must be a “first time” turkey hunter. Adults and Families are encouraged to attend.

WHAT: Free , ($100 value) Wild Turkey Hunt for military youth is hosted by Child and Youth Services of the MN Army National Guard with sponsorship from MN Department of Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation. Volunteers will be on staff to insure a safe and exciting hunt for our youth.

WHEN: April 16th-17th, 2017

WHERE: Multiple locations across Minnesota, TBD

HOW: Register at this website, http://www.jointservicessupport.org/Reg/79S406
For more information check out http://www.mndnr.gov/discover Wear warm weather gear (i.e. boots, gloves, jacket, etc.) Hunting supplies will be provided, however please bring a hunting gun if you have one.

POC: Moriah Legvold 651-268-8378

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Openings for RSP Contractor Positions – Bloomington and Rosemount

Job Opening

The Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) has openings in Bloomington and Rosemount for RSP General Clerk II positions.

The RSP General Clerk II is responsible for administrative functions in support of Recruits in the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP). RSP General Clerk IIs will perform all duties outlined in the Duty Task List to ensure successful execution of the contract. RSP General Clerk II are supervised by the contract RSP General Clerk III within their state. The National Guard Bureau, through the national contract Program Manager, will provide general and technical guidance.

See attached PDF’s for more information. Any questions can be directed to Mr. David Larson, contact information below.

DAVID J. LARSON
MN RSP Contract Supervisor
Office: 651-268-8130
David.j.larson.ctr@mail.mil

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2016 Suits for Soldiers – Suit Giveaway

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2016 Suits for Soldiers – Suit Giveaway

WHO: Veterans
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.
POC: 952-229-5116

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Free drop-in legal clinic for veterans

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WHAT: Free drop-in legal clinic for veterans
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 9am-2:00pm
WHERE: Flag Atrium Balcony Room 2S 114
WHY: Housing, Employment, Benefits, Expungement, Wills, Debt Collection, Family law including child support
HOW: Ask in the front desk for direction, if you get there
POC: Vetlaw Program 651-200-4750

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A day on the ice for Military youth

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WHEN: January 21st, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm

WHERE: Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake- Hugo
11300 180th St. North Marine on the St. Croix, MN 55047

About: Youth will be given a safety brief. There will be a handful of expert fishermen volunteers to help. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided, as well as a lunch at noon. Youth can clean and take the fish home. An ice fishing starter kit will be provided which includes a rod and reel. For those who don’t want to fish, ice skating will be available. Please see the PDF below for more information.

RESGISTRATION: First come first serve through http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090A4AAEAA28A5F58-military for 75-100 youth. Registration is open and will close when full. Parent participation is encouraged.

For more information please contact Laura Groeneweg Lead Child and Youth Program

Coordinator laura.l.groeneweg.ctr@mail.mil
651.268.8695

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PBYR Received a Generous Donation from the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners

PBYR greatly appreciated their thoughtful gesture and note our sincere THANKS!!! This money will be used with Vets and Service Members in crisis that need help with food or transportation costs.

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Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services position available

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A position is available through the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities for a Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services. More information can also be found on their website: https://www.mnscu.edu/jobs/viewPosting.php?pid=15096 . Please see the PDF below for additional information.
What: Position opening for Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services

Appointment: Full-time Tenure Track/Probationary

Where: St Paul Campus

When: Now through application deadline of November 28, 2016

How: To apply, go to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/metrostatemn/default.cfm

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Contact: Carla Ballard
Human Resources
Email: human.resources@metrostate.edu

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Employment Ready Veterans- A Job Search Training Series for U.S. Military Veterans

When: Monday, Dec 12 thru Friday, Dec 16
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Burnsville WorkForce Center
2800 County Road 42 West * Burnsville, MN 55337

How: Registration is required, register online at:
http://mn.gov/deed/dakotascottworkshops

Please see attached PDF for more information on this training.

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Veterans Day celebration on Saturday, November 12th

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Come and join us for a Veterans Day celebration on Saturday, November 12th co-sponsored by Hamel American Legion Post #394 and Hamel V.F.W. Post #5903.

A free will offering breakfast starts at 7:00 AM and the program begins at 9:00 AM.

For additional information, the location and to learn about our guest speaker please check out the PDF below.

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Come and salute our hometown Veterans!

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Minnesota Military and Veterans Career Fair and Networking Event

pbyr-unitedhealth-group-logo-fontWho: Military & Veteran
What: UnitedHealth Group month-long celebration of Veteran’s Day, onsite Military & Veterans career fair and networking event.
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00 pm CT
Where: Optum Campus Building #1 (MN010) 11000 Optum Circle, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Why: To connect service members, veterans and their spouses to fortune 6 careers
How: Go to: http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com and upload your resume prior to the event date 10 November 2016

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The Plymouth Concert Band presents “Salute to Veterans”

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A musical tribute to the men and women of our armed services. Featuring: A Lincoln Portrait, Narrated by Kelli Slavik, Mayor, City of Plymouth

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Wayzata High School Auditorium, 4955 Peony Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55446

http://www.PlymouthConcertBand.org

http://www.facebook.com/PlymouthConcertBand

Please feel free to forward the message and the attachment. Everyone is welcome. Thank you.

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Regional Spotlight: Plymouth Concert Band

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Military OneSource offers Financial Educational Opportunities on MyTraining Hub

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Know any service members that are looking for a financial educational opportunity…look no further then Military OneSource’s (MyTraining Hub).

These financial courses are offered on MyTraining Hub absolutely free! Go to http://www.militaryonesource.mil , login/create a login and go to the Looking for this carousel and click on MyTraining Hub.

https://myhub.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=SIS:9:209456360006841::::P9_ID:4

Finance – 01 Consumer Credit

pbyr-number4This course is designed to help you understand the good, bad and ugly of credit. You will learn how to build and maintain good credit, and the ins and outs of credit reports.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members

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Finance – 02 Developing Your Spending Plan

pbyr-number-5This course is designed to help you develop a spending plan to help ensure your financial success. You will learn how to identify your needs and wants, and create financial goals.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members

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Finance – 03 Investing for Your Future

pbyr-number-6This course will help you understand how to set financial goals. You will learn how to evaluate investment products and the features of military and non-military retirement programs.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members

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https://myhub.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=SIS:9:209456360006841::::P9_ID:3

Finance – 04 Car Buying Strategies

pbyr-number-7This course is designed to provide you with tools and tips for a good car buying experience, and how to avoid the pitfalls buyers make. You will learn about the three deals of car buying, the common “car buying game”, and your legal rights.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members

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Finance – 05 Money and the Move

pbyr-number-8This course is designed to help you understand the costs associated with moving in the military. You will learn what to expect and how to prepare.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Audience: Family members, Service providers, Military service members

Questions please let me know.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • michael.meier@militaryonesource.com
  • http://www.militaryonesource.mil
  • 1-800-342-9647

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PBYR had a booth at the Plymouth Fire Department’s Open House

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On October 15, 2016 PBYR was represented by Kersten Beckstrom, a newly elected PBYR Director and she expertly managed the booth. The open house was well attended. Gary was able to review PBYR partnerships with Home Depot, Buffalo Wild Wings, Plymouth Holiday Station and other groups at the event. All remain committed to PBYR and the statewide BYR program. The good energy from all these community partners was high!!

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Hamel VFW Halloween Party

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The Hamel VFW is hosting a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 29th from 5:00-11:00. The Fabulous Del Counts will be playing from 7:00-10:00. Food will be served from 5:00-8:00.

We are giving out prizes to the three best costumes. The First Place prize is “limousine night” on the town. Get dressed up or just stop by the “V” for a night of great music and fun.

There is no cover charge.

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Veteran Service Officer position available- Wright County

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Subject: Veteran Service Officer position available- Wright County

What: Wright County Service Officer Position available

When: Opening date: 10/11/16 Closing date: 10/26/16 04:30 PM

How: Applications may be filed on-line at: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/335/Employment-Opportunities

for Location:
10 2nd Street NW, Room 235
Buffalo, MN 55313
763-682-7378

Please see PDF below for further job description.

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Did you know? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month-Bullying Prevention Month and more?

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Did you know that October is:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual national observance bringing attention to this serious public health issue. When you suspect domestic abuse, your concern and support can help change a person’s life. Know the warning signs and know where to find help for a victim. Take a stand to stop the violence and keep your community safe. For Domestic Violence Emergencies – CALL 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 or visit http://www.thehotline.org – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org .
  • Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. For resources and to get help now check out the below websites:

•Visit http://www.StopBullying.gov
•Visit: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/knowbullying/tools/?WT.ac=PTP_20140815_KnowBullying_PartnerTools
•Visit: http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/
• Military OneSource Employee Assistance Program (EAP or Login) website to order (at no cost) the Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain book:

October 31: Halloween: Ghosts, Goblins and other scary sights are abound – Military OneSource has resources to help you talk to your children about fears, staying safe, food allergy and food safety tips. Below are articles from the Military OneSource Employee Assistance Program (EAP or Login) website to help you get your Halloween off to a safe start:

  1. Fun Without Fear: Taking the Horror Out of Halloween for Young Children
  2. Halloween Safety Information for Parents
  3. Halloween Health and Safety Tips
  4. You can find recipes in the Mayo Clinic Health Library for a healthy trick or treat meal before the children head out. There are several categories of recipes like appetizer, dinner, snack and soup recipes available for you. You will find recipes like Carrot and Spice Quick Bread or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip and the Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix.

If you would like to carve your own military themed pumpkin, check out the templates found here: https://www.veteransunited.com/spouse/carve-military-themed-pumpkin-free-pumpkin-stencils

CHECK THIS OUT
The Military OneSource eNewsletter –
• Are You Ready to Vote?
• Take a Stand to End Domestic Violence
• Top 10 Things to Know About the New Blended Retirement System

Protect Your Credit – The Military Lending Act takes effect TODAY; to learn more visit: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-and-legal/personal-financial-management-and-taxes?content_id=293448

Military OneSource Webinars: Click here to register – October Webinars
• Building Healthy Relationships Webinar: October 12
• Check website periodically for updates to additional webinars
Check out Archived Webinars – examples below:
n Nature and Prevention of Bullying – Bully Busting Activity Instructor’s Guide – look at three lessons that can be used with elementary and middle school students

Personalized Website Tour: Interested in learning more about Military OneSource? Why not set up a personalized virtual website tour – As YOUR Military OneSource Consultant, I’m here for YOU & just a phone call / email away. Have an upcoming event you would like Military OneSource to attend, please contact me.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • michael.meier@miltaryonesource.com
  • http://www.militaryonesource.mil
  • 1-800-342-9647

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PBYR participates in Plymouth on Parade 2016

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On September 24, 2016 PBYR participated in Plymouth on Parade with walkers and a booth for the 5th consecutive year!

We did some outreach and it remains clear that many people still do not know about PBYR or the MN BYR network of 219+ cities.

The PBYR goal for such events is to request that people visit our website (PBYR.org) and note the list of resources available for service members, veterans and their families. Also, to welcome them to reach out to PBYR via the website if they have a special need or request for the PBYR Board to consider.

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All Veterans Career Fair for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families


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What: A free hiring event for Veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430

How: Register at https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/minneapolis-all-veterans-job-fair-october-13-2016

There will be information on Job Opportunities, Continuing Education Opportunities, Business Ownership Opportunities. Please see attached PDF flyer for more information.

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The Medal of Honor Convention at US Bank  Stadium

This event serves as an opportunity for Minnesota to show the Medal of Honor recipients our level of enthusiasm and honor by filling over 1,000 seats of the US Bank Stadium; we invite the public to show their support during this opening once in a lifetime event as we give a Minnesota Nice welcome to our nation’s greatest heroes.

What: The Medal of Honor Convention

Where: US Bank Stadium- 401 Chicago Ave, Mpls MN 55415

When: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Why: This event serves as an opportunity for Minnesota to show the Medal of Honor recipients our level of enthusiasm and honor by filling over 1,000 seats of the US Bank Stadium; we invite the public to show their support during this opening once in a lifetime event as we give a Minnesota Nice welcome to our nation’s greatest heroes.

To register: http://bit.ly/MOHTCWelcome

Contact: Dept. Adjutant – Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chuck Jones Phone: 763-607-0245 | Email: cjmoph1@gmail.com

Please see attached PDF for further information:

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PBYR Participated in the MN State Fair!

Yellow Ribbon State Fair Volunteers,

I want to thank you for making the 2016 Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair a success! Beyond the Yellow Ribbon really got the word out and together we made some great connections with those who are soon to be involved with their local networks. I enjoyed meeting/reconnecting with you and appreciate your support at the BTYR Booth. The parade really came together and “set the stage” for the Ceremony.

Attached are a few photos and more are posted at:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6Khww9BJA0AazUtSGREVHhMVU0&usp=sharing

As a service member and veteran I truly appreciate everything you are doing to support us!

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Respectfully,

CHRISTOPHER C. HAARS
JOINING COMMUNITY FORCES-MN MANAGER
MN DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
CELL 612.598.9252
christopher.c.haars.mil@mail.mil

CHRISTOPHER C. HAARS
WO1, CM, MNARNG
1-125 FA CBRN TECHNICIAN

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Power of One Fun Run September 11

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Power of One Fun Run September 11, 2016

Who: Minnesota National Guard members, military families, community members, organizations, and Yellow Ribbon Networks

What: Power of One 5k Fun Run

Where: Ben Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills

When: Sunday, September 11th, Registration begins at 8:00am. Opening ceremony kicks off at 9:00am

Why: To increase suicide awareness and build mental wellness. You can be the ONE person that saves a life.

How:
1) Go to http://www.eventbrite.com
2) Search for: “2nd Annual Power of One Fun Run”
3) Select the run for September 11th, 2016
4) Click register to fill out the registration for the event!

For Questions call 651-282-4232

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Sesame Street Project – Recruiting Military Families

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Greetings! We are conducting an evaluation of a new Sesame Workshop program designed to support military families who are transitioning into the civilian world. As you know, this is often a stressful time marked by many life changes, and Sesame is hopeful this new program can provide much-needed support.

We are seeking your help in letting families know about this resource and our evaluation. Please share this information and attached/enclosed flyer with your colleagues and military families. If you’re affiliated with other groups of military families or professionals, we’d be grateful if you’d share this information with them as well.

Sesame Street Project Recruitment Flyer

Sesame Project Invitation Letter

Eligible participants include families:

● Where one or both parents currently serve in the Active Duty military and are within 18 months of separation, or families with a Veteran who has separated from the military within the last 18 months.

● Who have at least one child age 3–7
The entire 6-week program is offered online, so families can participate at their convenience. Families are sent emails containing videos and worksheets that provide parents and children with tools to cope with major life changes. We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of the program. Participants will complete online, anonymous questionnaires before and after completing the program, and they will be compensated for their time and effort.

Interested participants can get more information and sign up for the study by visiting: https://umn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5ziU26bbLXNoy33

or by contacting our project coordinator, Dr. Jill Bowers, at sesame@umn.edu . Additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Bowers.

Thanks for your help in enhancing the supports for military families!

Sincerely,

Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D. LP and Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D. LP

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health

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Jill Bowers, PhD, CFLE

Project Coordinator

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health

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PBYR Successfully Assisted Veteran with Severe Health Issues

PBYR 0143On July 30, 2016 PBYR assisted an 86 year old Veteran (Retired Navy Commander) move to assisted living. His family was very appreciative of PBYR’s efforts. This assistance will greatly improve the quality of life for the Vet and his wife.

Kudos to Hans, Justin, Jennifer, Liam, Jacob, and Allan for their volunteer efforts with this project.

The temperature on Saturday was warm, the items big, and the donated truck and trailer was full!! Thanks for all the help and muscle!!!!!

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On Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kersten & I participated at the Military Appreciation Day Event at Home Depot. Kersten’s efforts were again greatly appreciated, especially as the sky was very dark with an impending thunderstorm when we arrived!!!

We raised $39 but more importantly we were able to thank many veterans for their service, alert them about www.PBYR.org and demonstrate partnering support with Home Depot. Sue was very nice and helped with our booth, chairs and related event details and these efforts were appreciated. The Veterans we talked with said they really enjoy Home Depot’s efforts with Military Appreciation Day and many come to this year after year.

PBYR always enjoys partnering with Home Depot—a very good business community neighbor!! The pictures from this event will be placed on PBYR.org when they arrive from Home Depot.

Oh! Don’t forget the Home Depot Military/Veteran Discount Policy, they offer a 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID, every day of the week. All other military veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day.

Have a beautiful day!!

Gary

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H&R Block Scholorship’s for Spouses and Wounded Warriors

H&R Block logoH&R Block, is offering scholarships for military spouses and Wounded Warriors to take the free income tax course. Registration is July through September, and classes beginning in September. Use coupon code C5A2B7. Please see the PDF’s below and for more information follow the link below or call the number:

www.hrblock.com/class or call 1-800-HRBLOCK (800-472-5625)

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Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

Who: Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

What: RAD’S are a great source for the latest information for retirees and Family members in your area. Pre registration is required. Registration fee is 16.00 per person which will include a morning snack and lunch. Registration closes on August 8, 2016.

Where: Rosemount National Guard Armory & Community Center 13885 S Roberts Trail Rosemount, MN 55068

When: August 19, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm

Please find registration form in the PDF listed below.

Questions? Please call 507-961-1177

PBYR 2016 RAD REGISTER

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Plymouth Holiday Station Supports PBYR