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PBYR Receives Donation From J.H. Larson Company

In December , 2019 PBYR received a donation from  J.H. Larson Company employees to assist and serve Veterans and Service Members.  We greatly appreciate their support and partnering!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

 

J.H. Larson Company is a family owned, independent distributor of Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and DataComm products with eight locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. J.H. Larson remains dedicated to its employees, customers, and vendors and is positioned to move into the future as a family owned and operated business.

 

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Hamel VFW Comedy Night – Friday the 13th

Peak Entertainment is putting on a Comedy Night at the Hamel VFW on Friday, December 13th. We thought you’d need a break from all the parties and holiday shopping. So here’s you chance to sit back, have a delicious inexpensive meal and then laugh till your sides hurt!

You’ll have your choice of Braised Beef Tips and Roasted Chicken prepared by a Private Chef. Call Tom Reschenberg at (612) 386-9129 for dinner reservations. $14.00 per person.

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The Heinzen- Ditter & American Legions Veterans Program was a Success!

On Nov. 9, 2019, Dean Sherman and I attended the VFW and American Legion Program.  As usual, the program was well attended with representation from all age groups.  The breakfast was tasty.  And the strength of character and service readily apparent at the VFW.
The Speaker, Major Derek J. Plymate, Ret. reviewed his extensive military history  and some of the  “why” for his service. He served in many dangerous combat zones with temperatures ranging up to 140 F.   On his “safe” days he supervised and moved explosives and munitions of all types. His presentation contained important reminders about service, sacrifice, loss as well as humor.
The many Scouts in attendance listened carefully to Major Plymate’s reflections on service  and his profound respect for other Veterans.  His simple reminder was to always express appreciation to Veterans when possible with “Thanks for your Service ” as this is appreciated.  Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon clearly agrees with his reminder and observation.
Kudos to Jim Heimerl, VFW Commander and his crew in making this program a success.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
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PBYR receives $10,000 donation from the Plymouth Lions

Over the summer, the Plymouth Lions further supported PBYR with an additional  $10,000 donation. They value the PBYR mission and our efforts to date. PBYR is very thankful.  Every year the Plymouth Lions make efforts to improve and serve our community. PBYR greatly appreciates their longstanding Support and Trust with PBYR.  Please Hug a Plymouth Lion!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Hamel VFW Comedy Show Night – November 15

 

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2019 November VFW Newsletter

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2019 NOVEMBER VFW NEWSLETTER.pdf

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Veterans Day Celebration – Saturday November 9

 

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PBYR Helped Sponsor the Thank MN Troops Block Party

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On September 21, 2019 the Heinzen-Ditter served as host to this event and helped recognize and support  the Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund which has assisted  veterans and soldiers for many years.  PBYR managed a hydration station for the 5K run and gave a donation to the  Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund.  The weather was not the most cooperative but the sun finally appeared and there was a good dedicated turnout. Kudos to Joe Bennek and  Jim Heimerl for all their hard work and efforts to make this event a SUCCESS.  And despite all the hard work, Jim even had the energy to do the run as the photo documents!

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THANK MN TROOPS “BLOCK PARTY

The Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund is partnering with the Hamel VFW and Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon to throw a “Thank MN Troops Block Party.”  The date for this event is Saturday, September 21st. On that same day the City Of Medina is celebrating “Medina Day” (two blocks down the street). Hamel will be partying from one end of town to the other! I won’t cover things in the Block Party flyer. You can see/read for yourself. Instead I want to tell you why the Hamel VFW and PBYR whole heartedly support the MMAF.
The MMAF awards grants to Armed Forces personnel who have served since 9 /11. Now this is me (Jim) talking and not the MMAF so I may be a little off. I believe grants of $500.00 are given to each Minnesota Veteran with proof of a Honorable Discharge, $2000.00 to a Combat Wounded Veteran and $8000.00 to a Gold Star Family. The MMAF has awarded over 12 million dollars in grants thus far. Had something like this been available to the Vietnam Veterans when they came home it’s possible there wouldn’t have been such lifelong bitterness, scentless suicides and destroyed lives. That’s why every veteran I’ve talked to supports the MMAF and the 2019 Block Party.
So here’s what I’m asking of each of you to do. Almost everyone knows a younger Minnesota veteran who has served since 9/11. They may be a relative, someone at your VFW/ Legion Post or someone at work. Tell them about the MMAF and the “Thank MN Troops Block Party” on September 21st. Encourage them to attend and show up yourself to lend your support. We can’t undo the mistakes of the 60’s-70’s, but we can ensure they never occur again! Please forward this email to the veterans you know. They’ll know what do. Thank You!
Jim Heimerl
Commander Hamel VFW
(651) 261-3111
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HAMEL VFW AUGUST 31ST DINNER & DANCE

The Arcades are back at the Hamel VFW on Saturday, August 31st. It’s going to be another great night and dancing. Food will be served from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-10:30 pm. The last three dances have been packed so please call to reserve a table if you have more than 4 people.
Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111
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Fall Joining Community Forces Conference

Good Afternoon!

We are excited to announce we will be having a Fall Joining Community Forces Conference.  The conference will be held at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd.  The purpose of the event is to build relationships, share best practices, and updates on initiatives around the state.
Rooms are available at Cragun’s Resort for $149 plus tax and can be reserved at (218) 316-7005 and ask for the Joining Community Forces rate.  This rate will be available until September 4, 2019.
The drafted agenda is as follow (please note this is subject to change, if it does we will update accordingly):
Friday, October 4th (optional)
1700 – 1800 Registration and Room Check-In
1800 – 2100 Snacks and Networking
Saturday, October 5th
0800 – 0900 Registration / Light Breakfast / Unstructured Networking
0900 – 1000 Pledge of Allegiance and Introduction
1000 – 1100 Military Panel (Military and Families Yellow Ribbon Impact)
1100 – 1115 Break / Unstructured Networking
1115 – 1215 Yellow Ribbon Panel (Networks across the State will share best practices)
1215 – 1245 Lunch / Unstructured Networking
1245 – 1345 Yellow Ribbon Assessment and Regional Reports
1345 – 1400 Closing Remarks and Questions
If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of the following Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinators:
Jeremiah Miller
Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinator
Southern MN
(507) 514-0220
Mike Windsperger
Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinator
Central MN
(612) 368-7223

Rachel Johnson, MBA

Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinator
Northern Minnesota
(320) 249-0136

 

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Great Employers Job Fair

Looking for a new career opportunity?

Come to our job fair on Wednesday, August 14th from 3-6pm at Minnetonka High School. (18301 MN-7 in Minnetonka, MN  55345)

Meet your future employer!

Confirmed Employers –
• Chart Inc.
• College Hunks Hauling Junk
• Excelsior/Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce
• Gina Maria’s Pizza
• Goebel Fixture Company
• Harrison Bay Senior Living
• JC Penny Portrait Studio
• Kelly Services
• Lunds & Byerly’s
• Mediacom Communications Corp.
• Mount Olivet Rolling Acres
• Partners Dental Studio
• Right at Home Twin Cities
• Scheels
• Southwest News Media
• State Farm Insurance
• Suez Water Technologies & Solutions

Hosted by Southwest News Media

 

Thank MN Troops Block Party – September 21

On September 21, 2019 The VFW is hosting a major event:  Thank MN Troops block party and thousands are likely to attend the event. Navy Seals will demonstrate their parachuting skills and it will be a fun event. PBYR will have a booth and help promote the event with an ad in the Sun Sailor.

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Home Depot Military Appreciation Day

On Aug 3, 2019,  PBYR and the VFW shared a table at the  Plymouth Home Depot for Military Appreciation Day.  I totally agree with Dean’s following assessment:

There was good traffic today at our table at the Home Depot. Gary’s Oreo cookies and soda were a big hit. We faced tough competition with the balloon lady, the MN Raptors Center’s bald eagle, owl and hawk and Every Third Saturday. The Home Depot folks were fantastic to work with.

We always enjoy partnering with the VFW and Home Depot!  Although, the kids clearly liked the balloon lady; the Vets wanted to visit with the VFW guys at our table and we all celebrated with Oreos!  

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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2019 Mental Health Summit

On Aug 5, 2019 I attended the yearly Mental Health Summit put on by the VA.  The speakers were good and the information very targeted.  It is always clear in this conference that  the VA has spent significant effort, time and money to address suicide and suicide prevention.  However, it is important for us to understand that the majority of Veterans do not use VA services.  And as a result, this clinical problem falls on local resources.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

Suicide statistics are sobering:  20 veterans suicide each day, 1,000,000 + suicide attempts per year on a national basis with 50,000 deaths. Suicide is the 8th cause of death in Minnesota.  As a psychologist, I know that many suicides are not officially documented as suicides, e.g. some MVAs, medication errors, non-compliance to diet, meds or diabetes management and other circumstances that “hide” what really happened.  Suicide stats are larger than they appear!

It is critical that we need to understand that local community resources (like PBYR), other non-profits, employers, police and other community partners are critical in suicide prevention efforts.  The VA clearly acknowledges they can’t address this problem without assistance and partners.  Veterans returning to college often have predictable adjustment problems in the academic environment and college staff needs to be educated on the range of issues that may be encountered.  I encourage all to consider attending  the VA Mental Health Summit workshop in 2020.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Home Front News – August 2019

The same information is available in the PDF format below that is easier to print and read.

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Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance – August 3

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, August 3rd featuring the City Lights Band. Food from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-10:30. $5.00 cover.

The Arcades are booked at the “V” through September of 2020! However, we’ve received many requests to sprinkle other bands into the rotation along with some Friday night dances. Come and enjoy Classic Rock” with City Lights this Saturday and look for some “Country-Rock” around the corner!

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Earle Brown Heritage Centre

6155 Earle Brown Drive

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Minnesota Veterans Employment Services invites all veterans, active military members, and their spouses to this 13th annual event.

Are you looking for a higher salary? Employers at the Veterans Career Fair have been encouraged to offer veterans full-time jobs with benefits and family-sustaining wages. Work for an employer that recognizes and appreciates your experience and the value you bring to their team!

Over 100 employers will be on-site and complimentary LinkedIn Photography station will be available for jobseekers. In addition, the event will include providers who offer services for veterans. Hope to see you there!

Register to attend the upcoming Veterans Career Fair. Registration is not required, but is highly encouraged.

 

To register or for more information, please visit:
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As you are well aware, we are in the midst of a crisis involving the high rate of veteran suicide. The American Legion is focused on understanding the causes and ensuring that effective treatments and resources are available to all veterans.

That is why the Legion is conducting a national online mental health survey, which was launched on May 16, 2019, in an effort to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide. Hundreds have responded so far, but many more are needed.

Now, The American Legion needs your help to address this issue. Learn more about why this survey is so important.

We need to understand the causes and ensure that effective treatments and resources are available to all veterans. The American Legion is dedicated to help all veterans suffering from thoughts of suicide regardless of where they live. Traumatic Brain Injury, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are some of the serious issues that this survey can help us better understand.

I implore you to take a few minutes of your time to fill out the mental health survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.

This research is critical in our effort to address this crisis and improve mental health treatment for veterans and their caregivers. Our policy and resolutions on these important issues have the power to save the lives of our brothers and sisters. Encourage other post members, veterans, and caregivers in your community to take the survey as well, because the only way forward is together.

Veterans, servicemembers and caregivers can go directly to the online survey here.

Thank you for potentially saving lives and giving this your full support. And remember if you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, the VA crisis line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255 and press 1. Or text 838255.

For God and Country,

Brett Reistad
National Commander

 

American Legion Mental Health Survey. Take It Now.

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Valleyfair Military Days:  A Tribute to Our Heroes

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Knowing well the potential dangers in the work, an extraordinary brand of men and women step up to preserve our freedom, a cause greater than self. Valleyfair celebrates America’s best by offering what we do best: a full day of pure AWESOME with thrilling rides, super-fast water slides and ginormous waves, never-ending laughs and memories for a lifetime. During our Military Days, we honor our service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts.

On July 4-7, we will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. What’s more, our special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well. Up to six immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for only $37 per person. Just bring a valid government-issued ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation.

To take advantage of this discount, present a valid military ID at the front gate turnstiles. If purchasing additional tickets, stop by any Valleyfair ticket window.

Sincerely,

 

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor
Strategic Resources, Inc.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated
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

 

2019 VA and Community Mental Health Summit

The Minneapolis VA HCS Community Mental Health Summit is focused on mental health awareness and promoting healthy military communities. We will have speakers and discussions regarding strategies and actionable ways we can create supportive, recovery oriented organizations and connections. We welcome veterans, service members, family members, DOD partners, and representatives of local community groups to join us. Located at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Please join us Monday, August 5, at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Veterans Resource Center, for this FREE conference.

For more information, please contact Amy Wood at 612-629-7614 or amy.wood1@va.gov

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-va-and-community-mental-health-summit-tickets-63358518033

 

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Children’s Dental Services – June 12

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Growing Up! Parents & Child workshop ages 9-12

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Parents & Teens: Staying Connected workshop- August 3

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Hamel VFW Dance Night! – June 15

The Hamel VFW is hosting a “Dinner & Dance Night” on Saturday, June 15th. Food from 5:00-8:00 with great music by The Arcades from 7:30-10:30. The “V” is kicking off the summer and we hope you’ll join us. Bring your dancing shoes!

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Heinzen-Ditter Celebrates PBYR, Home Depot and Volunteers!

On June 7, 2019,  Jennifer, Dean and I attended a dinner celebration at the VFW regarding individuals and organizations that helped make their recent restroom renovation project a success. The completed project looks great and will help Veterans and their families for many years into the future, especially those with mobility issues due to service injury illnesses and aging.

During the celebration, PBYR  presented a plaque to Commander Jim Heimerl in honor of his lifelong dedication to community service.  His quiet Dignity and Courage is an inspiration to all!

Gary was able to highlight the PBYR-VFW partnership since 2011:

  • The VFW helped with a steering committee for PBYR, even before PBYR was operational
  • The VFW has had continued presence on the PBYR Board since 2012
  • The VFW is the mail address for PBYR
  • The PBYR-VFW have partnered and shared tables at Home Depot Programs and other programs
  • PBYR-VFW Partnered with purchase of American Dream Oak – a living part of the Plymouth Veterans Memorial
  • The VFW  helped PBYR achieve 501(c)3 status
  • PBYR-VFW have partnered  with programs for Memorial Day  and Veterans Day

It was an honor for PBYR to attend the celebratory dinner and participate in this remodeling project.  PBYR looks forward for the PBYR-VFW partnership to continue and grow with the passage of time.  Also, I must note that their prime rib was 12 on a 10 point scale!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

PBYR presented a plaque to Commander Jim Heimerl in honor of his lifelong dedication to community service.

Pikedale Lodge Military Appreciation

If you need to see a larger image, please click on the PDF below.

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Plymouth Memorial Day Event Goes Well

The Memorial Day Event went well even though we had to use plan B (indoors) due to the rain.
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Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial start of summer and has become synonymous with trips to the beach and backyard barbecues. Often overlooked is the real reason behind the holiday – honoring the nation’s fallen service members.

With that in mind, here are some interesting facts about Memorial Day:

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day began as an effort to honor Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.  Union General John A. Logan called for the first nationwide Decoration Day on May 30, 1868, which was marked by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags. Over time, it became known as Memorial Day. In 1971, federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended the honor to all soldiers who have died in American wars.

Congress passed a law in December of 2000 requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m.. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.

This is why you should wear a poppy on Memorial Day: Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, who served as a surgeon for an Allied artillery unit during World War I, spotted the bright red flowers poking through battlefields in France and Flanders in 1915.  That inspired him to write the poem, “In Flanders Field.”  Later that year, Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker, Moina Michael, read the poem and wrote her own, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to urge making the poppy a tribute to those who have died in wartime.

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Plymouth Memorial Day Event on May 24

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The Hamel VFW, the City of Plymouth and PBYR are very pleased with the cooperation from all partnering organizations to make this happen. It is great to see the cooperation displayed in such a quality program!

This year we will have community participation which includes the VFW, Armstrong High School, Wayzata High School, Plymouth Police Explorers, a Military Chaplain and an excellent and highly qualified speaker.  Please try to attend.

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Armed Forces Day Dinner and Dance at Hamel VFW

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Also, a reminder that (Plymouth) Hamel VFW, The City of Plymouth and PBYR will host a Memorial Day event at 11 AM on May 24th and an excellent speaker has been secured for the event.  The scheduled time is approximately 40 minutes and I hope you will all be able to attend.

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Plymouth Lions donate $5,000 to PBYR

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In May 2019, The Plymouth Lions donated $5,000 to PBYR.  The Plymouth Lion’s trust and support has been critical to PBYR’s success since 2012.  Clearly, without their support and trust,  PBYR could not have done all the positive and helpful projects to date.  We sincerely thank the Plymouth Lions and appreciate their efforts to help and improve our community.

PBYR’s most recent project was a $10,000 grant to the Heinzen-Ditter VFW that was used to help bring their restrooms up to the American Disability Act (ADA) requirements.  The Veterans that come to the VFW are often elderly and many have disabilities, mobility problems and service related injuries that impact their easy use of the restrooms, hence this project will serve Veterans for many years in the future in a very helpful and positive way. Hug a Plymouth Lion!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Memorial Day program to be held at the Plymouth Veteran’s Memorial on May 24

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Plymouth, PBYR and Heinzen-Ditter VFW will have a Memorial Day Program at the Plymouth Veteran’s Memorial on May 24, 2019 at 11 AM.

More details to follow shortly.

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Troops Week – Elk Camp

 


What: Troops Week, Minnesota Elks Youth Camp
When: 14-20 July, 2019
Who: This session is open to children ages 9-13 of members of all Military Branches and Veterans
Cost: Free
Registration:https://www.mnelksyouthcamp.org/troopsweek-terms.html?fbclid=IwAR38Yi0HjqCqddg1W41Cvl7FXNWvK8NbZKf90K2ihTJ5ty7XkZmPgUrToOA

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Military Families Talent Showcase at MN State Fair

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Letter from Governor Tim Walz

 

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2019 Month of the Military Child Photo Contest

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Healthy Kids Day

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Month of the Military Child 2019 Art Contest

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Virtual Summer Reading for Military Kids

Please click on image to get more info and to register.

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Family 200 Overnight at MN ZOO

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Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest

Who: Contest is open to Active Duty Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Army Spouse or U.S. Army Retiree children preschool through twelfth grade.

What:Tell us what it means to be a military child through a drawing (ages 3 – 3rd grade) or essay (4th-12th grade).

When: Now thru April 30th

For more info and to enter visit: https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/family-assist/month-military-child/young-lives-big-stories/ylbs-faq

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HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE APRIL 20TH

The Hamel VFW is hosting a “Dinner & Dance Night” this Saturday, April 20th. Food 5-8:00 with music by The Arcades from 7-10:30. Stop in for dinner and enjoy fun night. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again. It’s been way too long!  Please call for reservations if you have a large group.

Jim Heimerl (651) 261-3111

 

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Good News is all around us, we just have to pay attention

 

Good news in this time era is always helpful to one’s spirit!  The attached video on CCX Media highlights the Hamel VFW’s recent project to renovate their restrooms and make them ADA compliant.  PBYR is delighted to have been able to help in this project!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

 

HAMEL VFW GETS BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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April Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Newsletter

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Statewide STI testing week at myHealth

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HAMEL VFW “1959 STYLE” DANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD

 

The Hamel VFW is throwing a back to the 50’s Style Dinner & Dance on Saturday, March 23rd. We’ll serving a “malt shop dinner”. There’s going to be free dance lessons at 6:30 ( by TC Swing), prizes for best costumes and more. The Arcades will be playing their great classic rock. This is one you don’t want to miss!

Last year this event was a complete sellout. Call for reservations if you have a large group and get there early.

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

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PBYR makes $5000 donation to VFW

The Heinzen-Ditter VFW is remodeling their restrooms to make them ADA compliant and to deal with the age, mobility problems and disabilities experienced by elderly Veterans.

PBYR will assist the VFW with monetary support for this project. If anyone with construction experience that would like to further donate some time and expertise  to assist the VFW with this project,  please coordinate directly with Bernie Stein.

Bernie  and I have reviewed costs and material. All were expertly put together as Bernie has significant experience with managing engineering projects.  Bernie is a West Point grad and currently serves as the VFW’s quartermaster.   This project includes 3 restrooms: men, women and family — all meeting ADA guidelines.

Home Depot has contributed $3000 to date and it is unknown whether they will contribute more.  Some of the estimated  costs may be increased or reduced due to Home Depot’s military discount applies to some items and not others.  I reviewed  the paperwork and plans and believe this project is a go from all perspectives.  The following is the plan :

PBYR makes an immediate $5000.00 donation to the VFW. PBYR will review the additional amount needed for the project as construction progresses with Bernie and give another donation after clarification of final costs and Home Depot’s total grant contribution and discount.

PBYR will present a Plaque to be displayed at the VFW after all construction is completed. Gary will coordinate with Sun Sailor as needed as they  want a picture of PBYR presenting  the  plaque.

This project meets the mission of PBYR and  will help Veterans for many years.  PBYR would not have been able to help without the yearly support and trust of the Plymouth Lions!!  Hug a Lion if you see one!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Otten Bros. & Flower Farm Job Fair

We will be interviewing for full-time seasonal positions for our landscaping crews and for full and part-time seasonal positions for The Flower Farm Garden Center in Delano and Otten Bros. Garden Center in Long Lake. No appointments are needed.
Monday, March 11, 2-6pm
Tuesday, March 12, 2-6pm
Come in to Otten Bros. Garden Center in Long Lake during the times listed above for a 10-15 minute interview.
If you have garden center employment questions you may contact Kari Line, Garden Center Manager, by phone, 952.473.5425 or email. If you have landscape employment questions you may contact John O’Reilly, Landscape Manager, by phone, 952.473.5425 or email.
For your convenience, you may pick up our employment application in store and bring it with you to the job fair.
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Hamel VFW fish fry every Friday through Lent

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PBYR Helps Marine Veteran and Family after Surgery

In February 2019,  PBYR provided support and Schwann dinners to a Marine Veteran and his family to support his recovery.  We thank him for his prior military service (Vietnam). This Veteran is getting stronger every day!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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I hope this email finds you warm and safe! I know the weather has been a challenge for traveling, health, and snow shoveling! Please be careful out there!
Attached is this month’s newsletter. I focused on financial wellness, tax tools available for military members, and ideas for empowering families to take charge of their spending. There are many resources available for military families to get them started on a solid financial plan. With furloughs, layoffs, and many other life changes that can happen, having a solid plan in place can make a huge difference in how these events effect a family. If you know of a Service Member or Family Member that could use assistance, please let me know, I am always to help to see if there is a resource that they can be matched with.

Thank you for all you do. As always, if I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me, I am happy to help!

 

Sincerely,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist 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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Proto Labs Supports PBYR with a Generous Donation!!

 

I was delighted to participate in an event at Proto Labs on February 13, 2019 that was organized to help support Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. We greatly appreciated Proto Lab’s invitation, support and trust!

Proto Lab’s very generous donation of $700.00 will be put to good use helping service members, veterans and their families in times of crisis or need.  Proto Lab’s employees demonstrated great values and a lot of positive energy at the event ,especially in the bean bag game and the chili competition! Pictures of the event will be placed on PBYR.org.

PBYR is a proud member city of the Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BYR) network of 219+ Minnesota cities that have banded together to assist service members, veterans and their families. In April 2016, PBYR received a 5-year appreciation award for being a proud member of the Minnesota BYR network from General Nash, MN National Guard. This award is proudly displayed at Plymouth City Hall. In 2015 PBYR received certification from the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit corporation and as a result all donations are tax-deductible. PBYR has no paid staff and operates totally with volunteers.

Proto lab’s donation is greatly appreciated by PBYR!

GARY GOLDETSKY, PSY.D., LP
PRESIDENT, PBYR BOARD

Greenwood Elementary Students and Parents Donate to PBYR!!

 

On February 8, 2019 Kersten and I had the privilege to again participate in the Greenwood Elementary School Family Service Night.  The school was very active with a commitment and effort to help others, even with the temperature outside very cold and the roads slippery.

The Greenwood students wrote beautiful letters and created art work for service members which are always warmly received and appreciated by deployed Minnesota soldiers.  The Greenwood  parents AGAIN generously donated Holiday, Cub and Target Gift Cards!  Their very generous gifts will help PBYR distribute needed assistance to Service Members, Veterans and/or their Families that could use some emergency help.

PBYR greatly appreciates the support of Angela Leger and the Greenwood Elementary Parents and Students!!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D., LP

 President, PBYR Board

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BTYR Offer – Save $10 on Stars on Ice tickets

 

As a fellow Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company member, I am excited to share a special military offer with you and your community to “Stars on Ice,” coming to Xcel Energy Center Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30pm. Guests may conveniently purchase 1-8 discount tickets on-line at www.xcelenergycenter.com/military or via the attached order form, and call me directly at 651-312-3486 to reserve 9+ tickets. Please contact me with any questions. 
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Thank you,
Karen Reisinger
Group Sales Coordinator
317 Washington Street * St. Paul, MN  55102
Direct: (651) 312-3486 * Fax: (651) 726-8246

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February Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Newsletter

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

 

Ellyn E. Emde
1LT, AG, MNARNG
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program OIC
MN Family Programs, J1
(O): 651-268-8538
(C): 651-334-0302
147th Human Resources Company
Rear Detachment Commander
Arden Hills, MN

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Unique Opportunities

 

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

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
Personal Financial Counselor
WHO: Military and their families
WHAT: Making Financial Decision
WHEN: Based on Appointment
WHERE: Multiple Locations
WHY: No cost Services
HOW: Contacts listed below
POC: 612.397.0295, 612.297.2826
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

School for Performing Arts
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 http://www.playsingact.com
 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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PROTOLABS selects Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for a donation

I am pleased to announce that PBYR was selected by Protolabs for their quarterly project to support a local community non-profit. They heard about the PBYR mission and very much liked our PBYR.org website.

**KUDOS to John Swol for steadily helping behind the scenes to make our website interesting.  The yearly increase in traffic to the PBYR website from 2012 to the present speaks to his efforts!!  PBYR is very lucky to have John’s help and support.  He also helps PBYR even when he is engaged in competitive suntanning competitions in Florida!!

Protolabs will be doing a raffle and I will be the PBYR representative in attendance so the raffle will not be construed as violating gambling laws as we are a 501c3 organization. The date of the raffle is February 13, 2019 from 11 AM-1 PM at their office in Maple Plain.

** PBYR extends appreciation and sincere thanks to Protolabs for their support and trust!!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D., LP
 President, PBYR Board

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Burgers for the troops – 4th Wednesday each month

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Cragun’s Resort Employment Opportunities

 

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Month of the Military Child T-Shirts

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Military Hiring Event – March 19

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Operation Valentine

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Military Youth Ice Fishing Clinic

 

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HOLES FOR HEROES ice fishing tournament

 

HOLES FOR HEROES ice fishing tournament

Who: 34 ID Deployed Soldiers and their Families
What: A time to ice fish and connect with loved ones at a fishing tournament supported by the community
When: 2 FEB 2019, Approx. 13:00-14:00
Where: Medicine Lake, MN and at various deployed locations via VTC

Why: Honor the Soldiers and Families and provide a place and time to connect.

Follow this link for more information:

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FAC Newsletter – January

 

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Attached please find this month’s issue of the FAC Newsletter. The focus this month on is self-care and being deployment ready as a family.

FAC Newsletter- January 2019.pdf

As always, if I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to continuing to work with you, thank you for everything you do!

Sincerely,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist 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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April- Month of the Military Child

Please see attached and below the information for April Month of the Military Child Activities.

Come celebrate the Month of the Military Child on Friday, April 12th at the Mall of America. Activities include:

  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
  • face painting
  • character appearances
  • photo booth,
  • air brush tattoos
  • YMCA Youth activities and more

Beginning Monday, March 18th Registration will open for the Nickelodeon Universe Wristbands and Build A Bears tickets.

Additionally, many activities will be available and advertised during the month of April.  See the attached flyers for:

  • Family Programs Art contest
  • Photo Contest
  • Register to receive a letter from the Governor.

2019 momc art contest.pdf

 

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

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Minnesota Wild Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night

 

Minnesota_Wild

Welcome to the 6th Annual Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night with the MN Wild! Thank you for your continued support of this great organization. This year’s ticket package will include a new custom designed T-Shirt, pre-game on-ice photo, and entry into raffle for autographed items and game experiences. Plus, a portion of each ticket will be donated back to St Paul Beyond The Yellow Ribbon. The first 1,000 tickets purchased will also receive a BTYR Draw String Bag from Hiway Federal Credit Union. Please share this offer to help support a great night and great cause! For additional questions or support, please reach out to Matt Sayre at (651) 312 – 3479 or via email at msayre@wild.com.

WHAT: 6th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 vs. Los Angeles!  Ticket package offer to service members, veterans and military families.

To get access to the offer, simply click on the link: https://offer.fevo.com/beyond-the-yellow-ribbon-fe4f56b?ref=MSAYRE     Limited packages so get yours soon!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7PM

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

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Breakfast with Santa in Arden Hills

As a thank you to military service members and their families, the City of Arden Hills would like to extend an invitation to:

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 15

9:30 – 11:30 am

Arden Hills City Hall

Ages 1 – 10 (other family is welcome)

Fee: waived for family of service members serving in Arden Hills/Ramsey county

Breakfast will include donuts, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee; craft, games and a photo op with Santa.

Please contact Joe at jvaughan@cityofardenhills.org for additional information and to register.

Sincerely,
Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor
Strategic Resources, Inc.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated
Please visit: www.sri-hq.com
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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We Can All Save Lives

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Employment Opportunity – Driver Needed

Driver/Transporter needed

(posted 12/5/2018)

One month position available starting Dec 10 driving a van filled with sensitive equipment, unloading the equipment with the use of the lift on the van, transporting nursing home patients, transferring them from wheelchairs, maintain positive interaction with patients, clients and staff, demonstrate a can-do attitude.

Must be able to drive the van, have no lifting restrictions, work full days and walk all day. Start and end the day in St. Louis Park. Monday-Friday, 7 am – 3 pm. Clean driving record, background check and drug screen. Be a team player working with others and patients. Good communication skills.

This is a fill in position for one month, but may become a full-time position.  Contact Judy at 612-716-3131 or judy@doorstephealthcare.org for more information or to apply.

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PBYR and Wayzata High School Y. E.S. Partner to Support MN Soldiers

 

On December 3, 2018 PBYR mailed 7 boxes of treats for deployed MN soldiers. This represents an annual partnership between WHS and PBYR to support deployed MN soldiers.

Gary is in the Plymouth Police Department packing boxes of coffee, beef sticks and letters from WHS students for deployed Minnesota soldiers

 

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Minnesota Wild – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night – Tues Jan 15th vs. Los Angeles

Welcome to the 6th Annual Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night! Thank you for your continued support of this great organization. This year’s ticket package will include a new custom designed T- Shirt, pre-game on-ice photo, and entry into raffle for autographed items and game experiences. Plus, a portion of each ticket will be donated back to Beyond The Yellow Ribbon. The first 1,000 tickets purchased will also receive a BTYR Draw String Bag from Hiway Federal Credit Union. Please share this offer to help support a great night and great cause! For additional questions or support, please reach out to Matt Sayre at (651) 312 – 3479 or via email at msayre@wild.comWHAT: 6th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 vs. Los Angeles!  Ticket package offer to service members, veterans and military families. To get access to the offer, simply click on the link: https://offer.fevo.com/beyond-the-yellow-ribbon-fe4f56b?ref=MSAYRE. Limited packages so get yours soon!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7PM

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

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Hamel VFW November Dinner & Dance!

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, November 17th. Food (Rose’s “Huge Hamburgers” are back) from 5:00-8:00 pm with music from 7:00-10:30. The Arcades are back on stage playing their great dance rock! Remember, we have a full hardwood ballroom floor. So come out for a lazy night of fun at The “V” because we all need a break! Call for reservation if you have a large party. Pass the word….
Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111
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Veterans Day Program was a Success!!

Kudos to the Heinzen Ditter VFW Post 5903 and the American Legion Post 394 for sponsoring an excellent Veterans Day Program on November 10, 2018.  The parking lot was completely full.   PBYR was honored to help promote the event.

All the speakers highlighted  poignant reflections about  America, such as clarity of purpose, mission, respect and  the importance of character.   I  reflected on the comments about the dedication and time commitment of the Veterans that volunteer  to serve with the Fort Snelling Rifle Squad and those that serve as a Color Guard to meet the numerous requests for assistance at  burials and representation at special events.  Veterans do us proud by their example and dedication!     Congrats to VFW Commander Jim Heimerl  et al in making this program a success.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR President

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Twelve Step Retreat for members of the Military and Veterans in Recovery

Click on image to go to the Twelve Step Retreat website

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Blacksmithing for Veterans

 

Click on image to see Kens Custom Iron website

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Voices of the Winona Armory Exhibit Opening Reception

On Monday, November 12, 4 -6 p.m., at the Winona County History Center, a new permanent exhibit will open highlighting the history of the 1915 Winona Armory, now part of the History Center and the Winona County Historical Society’s largest artifact.
This new permanent exhibit highlights the old Armory’s history, its special way of connecting military and civilians and how it still connects various members of the community as a museum today. The exhibit also features a short film with area community members, both civilian and veteran, sharing their memories and stories of the old Armory.
The Winona County Historical Society was awarded a Veterans Voices Grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center to do this project and are honored to partner with them and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Project to also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice, which later became Veterans Day, and thank our area military veterans and their families with a special reception and exhibit opening. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served with a cash bar, and the film screening with some special remarks will be at 5:15 p.m.
A special commemorative patch will be given out (as supplies last) that highlights the emblem still on the Armory main floor that was used for the 47th Infantry Division, known as the Viking Division, the local guard was Company C, Second Regiment.
This work is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Project partners are Engage Winona and Wenonah Creates.
Find more and plan your visit at http://www.winonahistory.org or call WCHS at 507.454.2723.

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FREE Haircuts at Great Clips – 11/11

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Military Appreciation Day – 11/11

Military Appreciation Day at the Children_s Museum November 2018

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State of Minnesota Veteran’s Day event – 11/11

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World War I Armistice Centenary Concert – Nov. 11

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Armistice Day at Britt’s Pub on November 112018 Britts

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Thank You for your service from the YMCA

 

The Metro area YMCA’s have some great Veteran Appreciation events going on this month. We would love to have you be a part of any and all of these events.

We have a promo for sign up right now as well so make sure everyone takes advantage of this deal!!

Eastside YMCA – ST Paul MN
Rise and Shine Bootcamp: 8:45 am to 9:45 am (Open to all)
Pancake Breakfast: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (Open to all Veteran’s and their family) The Eastside YMCA will also host an Open House to all military and their families
Open to all with proof of Military I.D or DD214.
WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: EASTSIDE CONFERENCE ROOM
St. Paul Eastside YMCA
875 Arcade Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Forest Lake YMCA
Veterans Potluck
When : Nov 30th
Time: 6-8pm
Where : At the Forest Lake YMCA
All are welcome to join. Please bring a DD214 for grant tracking purposes and also get an extra raffle ticket for doing so. We have two raffle baskets one from tin whiskers brewery and one from the YMCA swag bag. Bring a dish to pass

Midway YMCA
Open House and Veterans breakfast
Nov 14th 10am
1761 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
St. Paul Midway YMCA

Elk River YMCA
Open House and a Boot Camp Class Monday Nov 12th
13337 Business Center Drive Northwest
Elk River, MN 55330

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Suits for Heroes

 

Suits for Heroes 2018

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Recovery Night – November 8

 

Recovery Night

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Websites listing various Veterans Day deals, 2018

 

 

https://www.veteransadvantage.com/blog/discounts-benefits/veterans-day-2018-food-freebies-veterans-and-active-duty-personnel-part-i

https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/

https://lowincomerelief.com/veterans-day-free-meals/

https://www.retailmenot.com/holidays/veterans-day

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Bunker Labs–Veteran Resource Fair

November 8th, 1700-1930
Capella Tower
39th floor
225 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402

https://minneapolisopportunityfair.splashthat.com/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Other deals for Vets!

Free Meals Before Veterans Day:

Huddle House, Nov. 9 – 12, 2018. FREE order of Sweet Cakes (Huddle House’s fluffy, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor and topping combinations) to all active military members and veterans with proper I.D. on Veterans Day at all Huddle House locations nationwide.

Shane’s Rib Shack, Nov. 8 – 10, 2018. Free sandwich combo, including sandwich, regular side, and 20 oz drink at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations only.

Free Meals on Veterans Day: 

The following offers are all on Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2018:

54th Street Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree, up to $12, for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Proof of service required, Dine-in Only.

Acapulco, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal.

Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2018: One of 8 entrées to choose from for a free meal. Military ID or proof of service required. You can read all about the offer in our post here, and get more information and check out all of Applebee’s locations on their website.

Bar Louie, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Flatbread or Burger, up to $15, with ID. You can check out Bar Loui’s website to see all of their locations and details on their Veterans Day promotion.

CentraArchy Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for veterans at select locations of New York Prime, California Dreaming, The Tavern at Phipps, Chophouse New Orleans, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Chophouse ’47 or Gulfstream Café. Find all the details at CentraArchy Restaurant’s website.

Chevys Fresh Mex, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal.

Chili’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from a select menu. Dine-in only and participating locations only. Proof of military service required.

The Chop House, Nov. 11th, and Nov. 12th, 2018. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform.

Connors Steak & Seafood, Nov. 11th, and Nov. 12th, 2018. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform.

Cotton Patch Café, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required. You can learn more on Cotton Patch Cafe’s site, as well as seeing where your nearest location is.

Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee.

El Torito & El Torito, Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal.

Famous Dave’s, Nov. 11, 2018, and Nov. 12, 2018. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Participating locations only.

Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner to guests with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card. Meal options include the Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage) during lunch or dinner. Dine-in only. This offer is limited to one per person at participating locations only.

Green Mill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Some limitations. Proof of military service required. Dine-in Only.

Grub Burger Bar, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree for active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Proof of military service is required. Find your nearest location.

Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining.

Logan’s Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2018 (3 pm – 6 pm). Free entrée from the American Roadhouse Meals menu for veterans and active duty military personnel. 10% discount year-round. Call your local Logan’s Roadhouse for details and to verify participation.

LongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Find a location near you.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse). Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to review our rundown of this offer, and if you still need more information visit McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.

Nékter Juice Bar, Nov. 11, 2018. Free 16 oz Juices and Smoothies to Veterans and Active Duty Military all day long at participating locations. Find a Nékter Juice Bar near you and get their contact info to learn more about their free smoothie offer.

Olive Garden, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Read our guide to Olive Garden’s Veterans Day special and take a look at their locations.

On The Border, Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans and current service members will receive a free Choose-2 Combo Meal. Each combo is accompanied with sides of Mexican rice and refried beans (black beans upon request), plus endless complimentary tortilla chips and housemade salsa. Dine-in only, proof of service required.

Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also available 10% OFF Heroes Discount is open to servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders, with corresponding state or federal service ID through Dec 31, 2018. You can learn more in our post on Outback’s military discount and find an Outback near you with the restaurant’s locator tool, as well as checking out their Operation Homefront initiative.

Primanti Bros, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military at participating locations.

Rib Crib, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from Menu of Honor, which includes choice of two meats and two sides, and your choice of a non-alcoholic beverage.

Sagebrush Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018, 10 am – 11 pm. Free meal from select menu for veterans and current military members. Includes non-alcoholic beverage. Bring proof of military service.

Texas Corral, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from a special menu, plus lemonade, iced tea, or coffee for veterans and current military personnel. Bring proof of military service.

Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. You can access more info and find locations on Texas Roadhouse’s website.

TooJay’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu on Veteran’s Day.

Vitality Bowls, Nov. 11, 2018. Free smoothies for current and former military members at all corporate-owned locations and participating franchises.

Wienerschnitzel, Nov. 11, 2018. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink at participating Wienerschnitzel locations, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform.

Wild Wing Café, Nov. 11, 2018. A complimentary meal with proof of service. Veteran may choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger, or Chicken Sandwich. Participating locations only.

Free Meals After Veterans Day:

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, Nov. 12, 2018. Current and former military members will receive a free meal from a special menu. Dine-in only.

Golden Corral, Nov. 12, 2018 (5pm – 9pm): The 18th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner, which you can learn all about on the website.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Soup, Salad, and Desert Bar. Beverage Included. Available for all veterans and active duty military. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required. Valid at participating restaurants only, 11am – 9pm. Hoss’s website provides you with more info and locations.

K&W Cafeteria, Nov. 12, 2018. Free meal, including entrée, 2 vegetables, Bread, and Beverage.

Rock & Brews, Nov. 12, 2018. Complimentary pulled pork sandwich and a side dish or Strawberry Fields Salad. Available for Veterans, Armed Forces, and First Responders. Proof of military service required. Participating locations; Dine-in Only. More info is available on their website.

Twin Peaks, Nov. 12, 2018. Military Monday. Free menu item from a select menu at participating locations. Please call ahead to verify participation.

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2018 Veterans Day offers, discounts

U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Carly A. Costello/Released

Military.com has compiled a list of free or reduced goods and services offered to service members, veterans and their families by businesses and organizations in honor of Veterans Day. The list will continue to be updated as it gets closer to Nov. 11.

The following discounts have been confirmed by Military.com, through either press releases or direct communication with the company.

Most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA health identification card, military ID, DD-214 or veterans service organization card (e.g., The American Legion, VFW, DAV, AMVETS, MOAA, FRA, etc.). In some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs, so contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

Also, visit www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/state to see what benefits and opportunities are available to veterans in your state.

 

2018 Veterans Day Restaurant Specials

 

54th Street Grill — Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree up to $12 on Nov. 11.

Applebee’s — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Arooga’s — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a fixed menu on Nov. 12.

Bar Louie — On Nov. 11, veterans and military personnel get a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse — For the month of November, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 Pizookies® to the restaurant’s ‘Buy a Hero a Pizookie’ program. Current or retired military simply claim a Pizookie® at www.bjsrestaurants.com/heropizookie Nov. 1-30, while supplies last. Once claimed, the offer is emailed and valid for 72 hours. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program. With a contribution of $1 of more, guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Pizookie® with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through 12/31/2018. And on Sunday, Nov. 11, all military members who dine in-restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95, plus a free Dr Pepper beverage, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide.

Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active-duty military personnel receive one small order of wings and a side of fries for free on Nov. 11.

CentraArchy Restaurants — Veterans and active-duty servicemembers get a free entree on Nov. 11.

Chevys Fresh Mex — On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.

Chop House — On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.

Connors Steak & Seafood — On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.

Cotton Patch Cafe — Veterans and active-duty military get a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee on Nov. 11.

Eat’n Park — All active and former military personnel will receive a 10 percent discount for the entire month of November.

El Torito — On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.

Famous Dave’s — On Nov. 11-12, former and current military personnel will receive a free 2 Meat Salute.

Friendly’s — Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves are all welcome.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on Nov. 11.

Grub Burger Bar — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a complimentary entree on Nov. 11 at all locations.

Hoss’s Steak and Sea House — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from the soup, salad and dessert bar on Nov. 12.

Hy-Vee — Veterans and active-duty military members get a free breakfast buffet on Nov. 11.

K&W Cafeterias — Veterans and active duty get a free meal on Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. until closing.

Kings Family Restaurant — Veterans and active military members get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.

Logan’s Roadhouse — On Nov. 11 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) can enjoy a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.

On the Border — Veterans receive a free Create Your Own Combo entree (Choose 2) on Nov. 11.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty servicemembers will receive a 25 percent discount on their bill on Nov. 11.

Primanti Bros. — Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich all day on Nov. 11.

Rock and Brews — Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich or salad on Nov. 12.

Ruby Tuesday — Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members get a free appetizer on Nov. 11.

Sagebrush Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11.

Shane’s Rib Shack — Active-duty military and veterans get a free sandwich combo Nov. 8-10 at participating locations.

Texas Corral — Veterans and active service members get a free entree from a special menu along with an iced tea, lemonade or coffee on Nov. 11.

TooJay’s — Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.

Twin Peaks – Active-duty and veterans get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.

Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a 20 oz. drink on Nov. 11.

Wild Wing Cafe — Veterans eat for free all day from select items on Nov. 11 at participating locations.

2018 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts

 

9/11 Memorial and Museum — Veterans will receive free museum admission, as well as half-price museum tickets for up to two family members, Nov. 7-11.

Aquarium of the Pacific — Veterans and military personnel get free admission on Nov. 11.

B&Bs for Vets — Complimentary rooms at inns will be offered to veterans on or around Nov. 11.

Birmingham Zoo — Veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission on Nov. 11-12.

Boston Bruins — In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 5, all military will receive a 20 percent off discount at the ProShop and all GameDay ProShop locations.

Boston Duck Tours — Veterans and active military ride free Nov. 12-16. Dependents ride for $10 per person (plus 5 percent CCF surcharge).

Colonial Williamsburg — Military families can receive a free admission ticket during Veterans Day weekend.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden — Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.

Harley-Davidson Museum — The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families November 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Killington Resort – Active-duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military ski for free on Nov. 11.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Active-duty military and veterans receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest Nov. 1 – 15 and Nov. 26 – December 21. Additional discounted tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth.

LEGOLAND Florida – November 1-30, all veterans and active-duty military can receive free admission. Veterans also can purchase theme park tickets for up to six guests at a 50 percent discount on the same dates.

Montpelier — Veterans get free House tours Nov. 9-11. Veterans also receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase at the Museum Shop.

Monticello — Veterans get complimentary admission for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.

Mount Vernon — All active-duty, former or retired military personnel are admitted for free on Nov. 11.

National Parks — On Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 national parks that require entrance fees for free.

National WWI Museum and Memorial — Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel Nov. 9-11.

New Mexico Museum of Space History — Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.

Newseum — Veterans and active-duty members of the military plus one guest get free admission on Nov. 10-11.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium — On November 10-12, active-duty service members and veterans receive free admission. Immediate family members will receive half off general admission.

Pro Football Hall of Fame — Throughout the month of November, all veterans and active military plus one guest get free museum admission and parking.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — All military veterans who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, will receive free admission on Nov. 11.

Super 8 by Wyndham — From Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 2018, any current or retired military personnel, veterans and their families who book and stay at participating Super 8 hotels in the United States and Canada can take advantage of Super 8’s 20-percent-off military discount. Additionally, guests who book using this offer through a Wyndham direct booking channel will be automatically enrolled into Wyndham Rewards and eligible for 500 bonus points. Learn more at super8.com/military.

Westgate Resorts — Westgate Resorts are honoring our U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away free vacations. On Nov. 9, they will open up registration for the event that will be held in May 2019.

Woodland Park Zoo — Active, retired and veteran military personnel and their spouses get free admission on Nov. 11.

World of Coca-Cola — Active-duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and from Nov. 1-11, members of the armed forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

2018 Veterans Day Retail Offerings

 

Brides Across America — Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway for military in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $40 fee. Attend the event and select one of the designated gowns on display. Visit the Brides Across America website for more details.

Enterprise Car Sales — Active-duty military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with any used-vehicle purchase during the month of November.

Grace for Vets — Car washes from around the world that join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on Nov. 11.

Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and current military members can visit a Great Clips salon to receive either a free haircut or a free-haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers can purchase a service on Veterans Day and get a free-haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot — Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round to active-duty and retirees.

Rack Room Shoes — Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off an entire purchase on Nov. 11.

Sears Garage Services — From Nov. 9-12, anyone with a valid military ID can save 10 percent off any product or service.

Sport Clips — Participating locations are offering veterans and active-duty servicemembers free haircuts on Nov. 11.

Tractor Supply — This Veterans Day, customers with a valid military ID or proof of service, and their dependents, will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. This discount will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will be available at all of Tractor Supply’s more than 1,725 locations nationwide.

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Construction Estimator or Estimator II position available

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October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is a great time to take action for bullying prevention in schools, recreational and faith-based programs, communities, and at home. Below are some tips and resources on how you can take action to stop or prevent bullying.

  • Schools, educators and students can work together to create bullying prevention programs that foster moral engagement and empathy.
  • Kindness works! Start a daily kindness habit – be kind and inclusive with people outside of your inner circle.
  • Share the Snapshot on Bullying in America infographic available in English and Spanish and the Cyberbullying Facts infographic, available in English and Spanish.
  • Schools can facilitate student support programs to foster peer relationships with students who have special health needs.
  • Parents can start teaching their kids good digital citizenship skills to keep them safe from cyberbullying and instill positive online social behavior.
  • Wear orange on October 24 for National Unity Day to show your support of bullying prevention.
  • Teachers can make learning about bullying prevention fun!  Download and hang the augmented reality poster, open the free Layar app on a smart phone, hover over the poster and play the video to learn how to prevent bullying with a virtual tour of StopBullying.gov.

From Bystander to Upstander Twitter Chat, October 25, 3:30 Eastern

Learn how to become an Upstander to Bullying on October 25. Join StopBullying.gov’s Twitter Chat with the Family Online Safety Institute, GLSEN, Islamic Networks Groups, and the Music in Me Foundation for From Bystander to Upstander at 3:30 p.m. eastern. Use #BeAnUpstander to join the chat. Parents and teens – join the chat and tell us how you stand up against bullying!

Latest Bullying Research Highlights

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Watch for Upcoming Events, Resources, and eBlasts in the Future!

Subscribe to StopBullying.gov and like and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the latest news, information, and resources.

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FAC Newsletter – October

Happy October! This month’s newsletter focuses on employment resources. As with every issue, there are so many resources to choose from and so many programs available that it is difficult to decide what to put in! If ever we can help with additional information or questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. Each case is always a little different!

I want to thank you all for everything that you are doing for our military families, whether you are a volunteer, provider, or in our military family serving. Thank you for all you do!

Have a wonderful day! I have also attached a copy of our quick glance FAC sheet, so if you need us you will have our contact information handy!

FAC Newsletter- October 2018.pdf

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor
Strategic Resources, Inc.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated
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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Veterans Day Celebration in Hamel on November 10

 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Heinzen-Ditter V.F.W. Post #5903

19020 Hamel Road   Hamel, MN

 

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Sponsored by Heinzen-Ditter V. F. W. Post #5903 – Hamel American Legion Post #394
Announcement and support by Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR)

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PBYR Volunteers Agree to Assist 90 year old Veteran

In October, 2018 PBYR was alerted that a 90-year-old Veteran in Minnetonka needed some assistance as he enters hospice.  Three PBYR volunteers offered to run errands and do some chores to help the family as needed. Kudos to Jennifer Rodgers and Sylvia Grismer!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Hamel VFW Halloween Costume Dance – October 27

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Halloween Costume Dance on Saturday, October 27th. Food from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-11:00 pm. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great classic rock! We will be awarding 3 prizes for best costumes. The Grand Prize a certificate for a $1,200.00 “Luxury Limousine Bus Night”!  So get dressed up and bring some friends along with you to the dance. It’s ok to be a kid once in a while… trust me on this one!

Call and reserve a table if you have a larger group. There’s always good crowd at this event!

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Jim Heimerl
Commander VFW
(651) 261-3111

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Camp Gratitude 2019

The FREE 2019 Camp Gratitude for Military/Veterans and their families at The Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St Croix, MN will be held June 14-21.  Please pass along to your members and clientele that it is not too early to register. Two of the Twelve available openings have already been taken. For further information, photos and online fillable applications, visit the Camp Gratitude website at www.campgratitude.org.

Camp Gratitude is a FREE week-long camping experience for military and veteran families to relax and have fun while building strength and resilience.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Respectfully,

Bill Hottel | founder
Camp Gratitude

Phone 952.500.1476
Email info@campgratitude.org
Website www.campgratitude.org
Address 11200 West 78th Street | Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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Employment Opportunity

We are a mobile dental practice that needs someone to drive a van, unload sensitive equipment that is on wheels, and transport patients to the dental area. Must have a clean driving record and be able to pass a background check and drug test.

This is a 7-8 hour day, 7 AM to 2.30-3.30 PM,  3-4 days a week. It pays $14 per hour and starts immediately.  If interested, please call me at 612-716-3131.

Thank you,

Judy

Doorstep Healthcare Services

posted 10/2/18

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Ironwood Spring Ranch – Family 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:  October 19-21 – Fall Family Retreat
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

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Xcel Energy Center Military Discounts!!

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1pm and 5pm
Where: Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
What: Guests 1 year and older are required to have a ticket. Everyone is invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration in Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! The show features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Save $3 per ticket when ordering 1-8 tickets on-line at  www.xcelenergycenter.com/military. Call (651) 312-3486 to purchase 9+ tickets at the discount price. More Info: Call (651) 312-3486 or e-mail Karen Reisinger at kreisinger@wild.com.

 

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic

When: December 6-9, 2018 (8 performances)
Where: Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
What: Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, and Disney’s Frozen as they bring 14 stories and 30 songs to life, leaving your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.   Save on select performances when ordering on-line at www.xcelenergycenter.com/military. Call (651) 312-3486 to purchase 9+ tickets. More Info: Call (651) 312-3486 or e-mail Karen Reisinger at kreisinger@wild.com.

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FREE Chiropractic Adjustments

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Dinner & Comedy Show with John Deboer

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SAT/ACT Prep

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FREE BBQ Cookout & Fundraiser

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New offers from the Xcel Energy Center

As a Yellow Ribbon Company, the Xcel Energy Center is pleased to share special ticket offers with BTYR communities.

New offers include: Rod Stewart (Oct 14), Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic (Dec. 6-9); Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Dec. 29) and several other concerts! All offers are posted: www.xcelenergycenter.com/military. Feel free to share this announcement with your community via your social media, website, etc. and contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

 

Karen Reisinger
Group Sales Coordinator
317 Washington Street * St. Paul, MN  55102
Direct: (651) 312-3486 * Fax: (651) 726-8246
Please contact me for group and event suite reservations.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day Event-September 21

The above event will be held this Friday, September 21st at Central Park  Greenfield at 5:30. There is a roofed enclosure at the park so weather’s not a problem. The Hamel American Legion and VFW will provide the Color Guard for this event. I hope you can attend.

I’ve been asked to speak that day because I was listed as “Missing In Action ” in 1966. I made it home and there was closure for my family. Almost 90,000 of our servicemen and women never came home. There’s been no closure for their families and the pain still remains. Please join us for this short ceremony as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget!

A number of people are meeting at the Hamel VFW at 4:00 pm and will be carpooling to Greenfield. You are welcomed to join us!

Jim Heimerl
Commander-Hamel VFW
(651) 261-3111

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FAC September Newsletter

Happy September! I hope this finds you well. We are now moving into Fall which means getting kids back to school, fuzzy socks and big sweaters! This month I am working with families/units that are preparing to welcome home their service members, while others  are preparing for theirs to deploy. A lot of change for our MN Service Members and their Families. This month I have focused on Homecoming/Reintegration, which was the hardest part of the deployment (After the excitement settled) for me. 

There are many resources for families that we can get military families connected to, many are free or low-cost. As always, if I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help!

FAC newsletter September pdf

Have a wonderful day!

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor

Strategic Resources, Inc.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated

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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PBYR is now a member of Thrivent Choice

We are pleased to announce that Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is now a member of Thrivent Choice and is listed in the Thrivent Choice online catalog–an option for non-profits to receive donations. This option will apply to you if you have a Thrivent financial account.

Thrivent Choice is a member-advised program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach funds each year. When eligible Thrivent Financial members direct Choice Dollars® to your organization in a particular month, Thrivent Financial reviews the recommendation and makes an electronic deposit in your organization’s bank account by the 10th of the following month. Those funds may be used to carry out the religious, charitable or educational purposes of your organization.

To promote your organization to members who may be eligible to direct Choice Dollars, refer to the Promotional Tip Sheet and the Thrivent Choice Best Practices. Additionally, a wide range of free promotional material is available, including web text, inserts and banner ads under the “Promote Thrivent Choice” section on the Thrivent Choice website.

If you have any questions about Thrivent Choice, please contact a Customer Care Professional from the Member Connection Center at 1-800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and say “Thrivent Choice” at the prompt or email mail@thrivent.com.

This option should help PBYR help service members and their families!

 

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Two Career Opportunities Available

The following positions are available. Please contact Todd Webb for additional information.

Conservsis – Software company building software for Agriculture (Farmers) located in downtown Minneapolis. $100 – $120K Full time direct hire

MTS Systems – Publicly held Measurement systems company located in Eden Prairie MN $130K (Military Supply Chain experience desired) $130K . MTS is a defense contractor and appreciate the professionalism and background of former Military personnel.

 

Todd Webb
Vice President of Business Development
OCC Partners Corporate & Technology 
Business & Technical
Search & Placement
Consulting
Projects
763-545-6017
612.225.1834 (fax)
todd@occpartners.com

 

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The Fabulous Armadillos November 7-9 in Chanhassen

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The Fabulous Armadillos in St. Cloud – October 4-6

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Register by September 17

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A Soldier Never Forgets North Platte

When service members pass through this small town in Nebraska, the community comes together to thank them.

‘We were overwhelmed,” said Lt. Col. Nick Jaskolski. “I don’t really have words to describe how surprised and moved we all were. I had never even heard of the town before.”

Col. Jaskolski, a veteran of the Iraq war, is commander of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard. For three weeks earlier this summer, the 142nd had been conducting an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Wyoming, training and sleeping outdoors, subsisting on field rations. Now it was time for the 700 soldiers to return to their base.

A charter bus company had been hired for the 18-hour drive back to Arkansas. The Army had budgeted for a stop to get snacks. The bus company determined that the soldiers would reach North Platte, in western Nebraska, around the time they would likely be hungry. The company placed a call to the visitors’ bureau: Was there anywhere in town that could handle a succession of 21 buses, and get 700 soldiers in and out for a quick snack?

North Platte said yes. North Platte has always said yes.

During World War II, North Platte was a geographically isolated town of 12,000. Soldiers, sailors and aviators on their way to fight the war rode troop trains across the nation, bound for Europe via the East Coast or the Pacific via the West Coast. The Union Pacific Railroad trains that transported the soldiers always made 10-minute stops in North Platte to take on water.

The townspeople made those 10 minutes count. Starting in December 1941, they met every train: up to 23 a day, beginning at 5 a.m. and ending after midnight. Those volunteers greeted between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers a day. They presented them with sandwiches and gifts, played music for them, danced with them, baked birthday cakes for them. Every day of the year, every day of the war, they were there at the depot. They never missed a train, never missed a soldier. They fed six million soldiers by the end of the war. Not 1 cent of government money was asked for or spent, save for a $5 bill sent by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The soldiers never forgot the kindness. Most of them, and most of the townspeople who greeted them, are dead. And now, in 2018, those 21 busloads from the 142nd Field Artillery were on their way, expecting to stop at some fast-food joint.

“We couldn’t believe what we saw when we pulled up,” Col. Jaskolski said. As each bus arrived over a two-day period, the soldiers stepped out to be greeted by lines of cheering people holding signs of thanks. They weren’t at a fast-food restaurant: They were at North Platte’s events center, which had been opened and decorated especially for them.

“People just started calling our office when they heard the soldiers were on their way,” said Lisa Burke, the director of the visitors’ bureau. “Hundreds of people, who wanted to help.”

The soldiers entered the events center to the aroma of steaks grilling and the sound of recorded music: current songs by Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Florida Georgia Line; World War II songs by Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Dorsey. They were served steak sandwiches, ham sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, deviled eggs, salads and fruit; local church groups baked pies, brownies and cookies.

Mayor Dwight Livingston stood at the door for two days and shook every soldier’s hand. Mr. Livingston served in the Air Force in Vietnam and came home to no words of thanks. Now, he said, as he shook the hands and welcomed the soldiers, “I don’t know whether those moments were more important for them, or for me. I knew I had to be there.”

“It was one soldier’s 21st birthday,” Lisa Burke said. “When I gave him his cake, he told me it was the first birthday cake he’d ever had in his life.” Not wanting to pry, she didn’t ask him how that could possibly be. “I was able to hold my emotions together,” she said. “Until later.”

When it became time to settle up—the Army, after all, had that money budgeted for snacks—the 142nd Field Artillery was told: Nope. You’re not spending a penny here. This is on us.

This is on North Platte.

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal – https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-soldier-never-forgets-north-platte-1532289711

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Waterfowl for Warriors

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Minnesota Gophers Volleyball Big Ten/ACC Challenge

 

The MINNESOTA GOPHERS VOLLEYBALL open their 2018 season hosting the BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE, August 24th-25th at Target Center.  Wisconsin and North Carolina return for this year’s event, while Florida State joins the fifth-annual challenge in 2018.  Two matches will be held on both August 24 and 25 as the Gophers and Badgers face UNC and FSU in four total matches.  The Gophers face Florida State on Friday, August 24, followed by North Carolina on Saturday, August 25.

To purchase a General Admission Weekend Pass for $35 (Includes Two Total tickets: One Ticket For Both Games On Friday and One Ticket For Both Games On Saturday) as well as save families the fees which they would have to pay if they purchased tickets through another site, please click on this link:  http://bit.ly/b10_acc_challenge_military

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6th Annual VA Health Summit – August 20

 

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Duluth Vet Center Pig Roast – FREE!

 

Pig Roast 2018

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Veterans Job Fair

 

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Fifth Annual Hugo Lions Community Scramble

 

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Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance

The Arcades are back at the Hamel VFW on Saturday, August 11th playing their great classic rock from 7:00-11:00 pm. Food from 5:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy dinner and dance to The Arcades. These guys are really good if you haven’t heard them before!! Bring some friends and we’ll see you there. Call for reservations if you have a large group.

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PBYR Assists Service Member’s Family with College Planning

In July, 2018 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was able to track down valuable information for a family involved in college search.  There is a Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Program for Colleges and significant cost savings are possible if families qualify for this program. This article discusses the program and the military family was appreciative that PBYR was able to promptly respond and help: https://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/the-yellow-ribbon-program-explained.html

The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100% of their tuition.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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MACMH Children’s Mental Health Focus Group

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is looking for parents and professionals to participate in an upcoming focus group. The purpose of this activity is to gain insight and feedback into the online children’s mental health content that MACMH will soon be offering.

Please join us at the MACMH offices, 23 Empire Drive, STE.1000, 1-3pm, Saturday, August, 11th from 1-3pm. Light snacks will be offered and  gift card drawings will be held.  If you are a children’s mental health professional or a parent/caregiver of a child that has a mental health diagnosis and would like to participate, please register here.

Please fee free to contact me at the information below with any clarification needed or questions!

Thank you for the consideration!

Rachael Jacques
Director/Development and Programming
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Ste. 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-644-7333
rjacques@macmh.org

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Hug a Plymouth Lion!

I am pleased to announce that the Plymouth Lions just donated $8,000 to PBYR!!!  The Plymouth Lions have consistently helped support the PBYR mission since 2011. On behalf of PBYR,  I wish to acknowledge our sincere appreciation to the Plymouth Lions for their partnership, friendship  and Trust over the years.

**The Plymouth Lions are clearly an inspiration to all with their efforts to do service and good in our community with the type of projects that they support.  Please hug a Plymouth Lion!!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Post-Rodeo Dinner & Dance at Hamel VFW

 

The Hamel VFW is hosting a post-rodeo Dinner & Dance  Saturday, July 14th. Food served 5:00-8:00 pm with music from 7:00- 11:00. The Band Tailspin will be on stage playing their country rock. What a great way to kick back after a long rodeo week! Rose will be serving her humongous hamburgers along pulled pork sandwiches. So put on your cowboy hat one more time and join us at the Hamel VFW.

 

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Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111
Hamel VFW
19020 Hamel Rd.
Plymouth, MN 55446

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Rampage at the Ridge – August 18 at Giants Ridge

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Tween Overnight at Lake Superior Zoo

 

Tween Overnight-July

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Forest Lake YMCA Community Pancake Breakfast – July 21

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Music in Mears

 

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Low-Cost Dental Clinic – July 25

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Golf Tournament – August 30

I just wanted to pass on an exciting event we are having in Carver County to help and support our county veterans — we have partnered with MACV to raise funds to help support our county veterans through a golf tournament — I’m excited about this opportunity because we are looking at this event to help reach out into our communities and show people about the needs of our veterans and how we help — if you’re a Golfer and would like to participate please go online and register to play — The tournament will be held at the Deer Run Golf Course in Victoria MN on August 30, 2018. For additional info please see the PDF below.– Thank you!!!

 

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.pdf

Mark Muhlenkort
mark.muhlenkort@gmail.com
mmuhlenkort2000@yahoo.com
612-310-8356

 

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2018 Power of One Wellness 5K

 

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The Minnesota National Guard has hosted the annual Power of One Suicide Awareness Fun Run for the past 3 years. This year we are taking a holistic approach to wellness! The Minnesota National Guard would like to invite military members (past and present), military families, employers, and community members to our family friendly and free, Power of One Wellness Run/Walk/Ruck 5k.

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MN United Salute to Freedom Night – Ticket includes MNUFC Camo Hat

To purchase tickets please click on the image above or go to https://www.mnufc.com/tickets/special-offers

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PBYR Says Thanks to the Plymouth Lions

On June 14, 2018, Gary Goldetsky, PBYR President, on behalf of the PBYR Board of Directors presented a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon coin to the Plymouth Lions during their picnic at Medicine Lake. This BYR coin represents PBYR’s sincere appreciation and acknowledgement of the Plymouth Lions’ support and assistance since 2012. PBYR greatly appreciates  the partnership with the Plymouth Lions as without this support PBYR would not be able to do its’ mission in the BYR network of cities.

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Minnesota Zoo salutes our troops with special discounts and promotions

The Minnesota Zoo salutes our troops with special discounts and promotions throughout the year. Individuals eligible for military discounts and promotions include current, former, and retired members and family members of the US Military, National Guard, and Reserve in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Valid military ID or proof of military service is required. No other discounts apply and not valid for special programs or exhibits.

All Year Long
Minnesota Zoo
Military personnel receive $2 off regular admission and $1 off regular admission for family members.

Summer Promotion
June 30 – July 8, 2018
Minnesota Zoo
Military personnel receive free admission, free parking, and half-price admission for family members.

Winter Promotion
November 11, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Minnesota Zoo
Military personnel receive free admission, free parking, and half-price admission for family members.

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MN State Fair – Military Appreciation Day Volunteers Needed

It is that time of year again. Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair! We are looking for volunteers (18+) from our communities that are knowledgeable with our program who can help pass out swag, talk with folks stopping by the tent and general tasks. If you are able to make it please sign up below. Looking forward to seeing you, it is always a great day!

This year we’re using SignUp.com

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp onSignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/zxKMhWQ

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password onSignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly via email, phone or text.

Best,

Tiffany Kovaleski

MN State Coordinator – Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC)
Contractor – Alutiiq, LLC
MN National Guard/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
8180 Belden Blvd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(O): (612) 787-2556

BYR Xcel Energy Center Ticket Offers

As a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company, I am pleased to share special Xcel Energy Center ticket offers with you and your community members. These include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes and Sesame Street Live! Details are available on-line at www.xcelenergycenter.com/military. Feel free to share this announcement with your network (social media, e-mail, etc) and contact me with any questions.

Thank you

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

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