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Register by September 17

http://www.jointservicessupport.org/Reg/FAMRADZOO

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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

 

VA Mental Health Summit 2018 flier

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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.

 

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

 

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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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Valleyfair Military Days – June 30 to July 4

Valleyfair is proud to announce a special event in honor of our nation’s military heroes: on public operating days from May 25 – 28 and June 30 – July 4, any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive free regular admission to the park. Plus, each military guest will be able to bring up to six family members at a discounted rate of just $35 per person. It’s our special way of saying thank you to our country’s biggest heroes.

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Twin Cities Honor Flight – September 29

 

I am sending you the date for the next honor flight. Honor flights help World War II Veterans and now Korean War Veterans have a day in Washington D.C. at no cost. Help welcome them home when they arrive back in MN. Gather a group, make some welcome homes signs, wear your company or Yellow Ribbon shirts and show your support!

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018. Arrive at Terminal 2 Baggage Area by 10PM. Flight typically arrives about 10:20-10:30PM. Meet in Baggage Area. No need to RSVP, just show up! Bring signs and lots of cheers!

WHERE: Terminal 2 (previously called the Humphrey Terminal) Minneapolis Airport, 7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, 55450

Note: There are currently over 300 Korean War Veterans on the waiting list so help pass the word to encourage Korean War veterans to submit a request for a flight. More information can be found at: https://www.honorflighttwincities.org/.

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

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FREE!  Minnesota Elks Summer Youth Camp Troops Week

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Volunteers Needed – DAV Food Packaging Event – July 10

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – Discounted Tickets

 

Target Center

July 7, 2018

7:30 PM

 

For Tickets, Go To: http://bit.ly/tim_faith_military

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Minnesota Twins Military Kids Baseball Clinic – July 7

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Please register by June 26

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Veterans Job Fair – June 27

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Salute to Servicewomen Golf Classic – June 26

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Ray Wilkens Memorial Golf Scramble

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Looking for an opportunity to help your fellow Veterans?

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Military OneSource Webinars (Interactive Webinars)

 

Have a Healthier Summer

Summer is almost here! This can mean lots of BBQs, vacations, and plenty of sun. Join us for a webinar presentation to learn tips to stay healthy and safe during the summer months.

June 14th 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | June 20th 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Link: https://connect.militaryonesourceconnect.org/iwebs/ (link for both event dates)

Presenter: Liz Gray and Alyson Lilley

 

PTSD Care and Support: Real Warriors Campaign Resources

Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop after experiencing, witnessing or learning the details of a traumatic event. Join this webinar to learn about the care and support available to those suffering with PTSD.

June 21st 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5172326288832376323

Presenter: Air Force TSgt Bradley Blair

 

Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
Contractor
michael.meier@militaryonesource.com | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647

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Club Y.E.S. volunteer opportunities

Club Y.E.S. (Youth Extending Service) is a youth service program for students attending Wayzata High School. It offers students a wide range of exciting opportunities for volunteer service: Interfaith Outreach, Carnivals and Family Fun Nights, MATTER, City of Plymouth, Trillium Woods, Adopt A Highway and much more.

2018 SUMMER BROCHURE_FINAL UPDATED 51018.pdf

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FREE Drop-In Legal Clinic for Veterans – June 12

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Volunteers needed to help serve breakfast

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Volunteers Needed for Food Packaging Event

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Flag Retirement Ceremony & Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Presentation

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FREE Golf Lessons for Veterans

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12th Annual Veterans Career Fair – July 18

The Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) will host the 12th Annual Veterans Career Fair.

We strongly encourage participation by employers who have full-time jobs with benefits available. Please respect the Veterans military experience and training, and future contributions to your workforce by offering meaningful, family-sustaining wages. Due to the high demand for exhibit space, we are limiting registrations to W2 employers only and will be unable to accommodate staffing agencies or schools.

For questions or accommodations needed to exhibit at the Veterans Career Fair, please contact Eveline at eveline.vanda@state.mn.usby Friday, June 22, 2018.

Veterans Career Fair JobSeeker Flyer 2018

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

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DAV Donor Connect – May 17, 2018

 

Good Afternoon Donor Connect Network-

It has been quite some time since a new list has gone out and I truly apologize for that! I have attached a new list I generated yesterday and I will likely have another updated list next week.

Please let me know if you see anything of interest and I will get you the contact information.

Donor Connect 5.17.18.pdf

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

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Minnesota National Guard and Youth Camp

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KARE 11 and Flags for Fort Snelling partner to honor vets this Memorial Day

Help place a flag on every headstone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the first time in 30 years.

As Minnesota’s front door for generosity, we are always excited to see all of the support on GiveMN.org from Minnesotans to power the good being done by nonprofits and schools in every corner of our state.

As we look forward to Memorial Day next weekend, we are especially thrilled to highlight a major project and fundraiser taking place in the Twin Cities. Flags for Fort Snelling, KARE 11, Mall of America, and RBCU have teamed up to ensure a flag will be placed on every grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.

Help purchase flags for Memorial Day 2018

Below, learn more from KARE 11 on how you can get involved by helping to purchase flags or volunteering to help place the flags next weekend.

Support our local veterans by helping purchase flags during the KARE 11 Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day

Today, KARE 11 will host a special Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day. It will be a day spent sharing stories of local veterans and our local heroes.  Your support will ensure every Veteran is honored, both this year and for years to come.
Here’s how you can help:

Help us purchase flags for each headstone for our partner nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling. Your donation, large or small, will ensure every hero that has been laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be remembered this Memorial Day and lay the groundwork to make this a yearly tradition.

Donate to help purchase flags for every Fort Snelling headstone

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend and provide photos to requesting families who are unable to visit in person for Memorial Day. Volunteer registration is available on the Flags for Fort Snelling website.

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend

We only have 11 more days until Memorial Day weekend and we need your support to make this Memorial Day, and those to come, special for every Veteran.

See more of KARE 11’s Flags for Fort Snelling coverage

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Volunteer Opportunity – The Wall that Heals June 21-24

 

 

Twin Cities PBS – TPT and Minnesota Remembers Vietnam are hosting The Wall That Heals Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN. This brand-new version of the Wall is a traveling, 3/4–scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since its original dedication in 1996, The Wall has been displayed in nearly 600 communities throughout the nation. The Wall is free and open to the public and will be open 24 hours a day, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 and ending in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, June 24. In addition to the Wall itself, there will be programming throughout the weekend. (For a list of our scheduled events, visit MNVietnam.org/wall)

Volunteers Needed!

We wanted to offer you the chance to be a part of this amazing event! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience The Wall while giving back and serving the community. Duties may include but are not limited to: greeting and welcoming guests, assisting visitors in locating names on the Wall, helping complete rubbings of engraved names, giving directions, answering questions, and providing informational material to visitors. We are looking for individual and groups. In order to qualify as a group, you must be able to register a minimum of 6 people, at least 15 years in age, for at least one of the same shift.

Shifts 
Shifts are available in 4-hour blocks. Your group is welcome sign up for multiple blocks. T-shirts will be provided for you, as well as a private volunteer area with water, snacks, and a dedicated space to reflect. There is not a designated volunteer parking lot, but there are several lots and parking areas nearby. The Capitol grounds are also easily accessible by Metro Transit.

Training 
Training will take place on Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. Please make every reasonable effort to attend as it will not only make your volunteering experience much more enjoyable, but there are also forms and waivers that MUST be filled out prior to your volunteering.

Accessibility 
If you have mobility/accessibility concerns (or any other questions) about volunteering, please contact Samantha Grangaard, Volunteer Coordinator, at sgrangaard@tpt.org. Please let Samantha know if you have any questions about this opportunity.
We are looking forward to this event and hope to see you there!

To sign up to volunteer, please go to the link below:
https://www.tpt.org/support/volunteer/

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

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Minnesota Military Teen Summit

 

Space is limited so please don’t delay in registering if you are interested.

Shortened URL for registering: www.jointservicessupport.org/Info/36H319

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2018

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Hamel VFW Armed Forces Day Dinner & Hanger Dance

 

The Hamel VFW is hosting an Armed Forces Day Dinner & Dance on Saturday, May 19th, Food from 5-8:00 pm. Rose will be serving burgers and a chicken dinner with all the trimmings. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great classic rock from 7-11:00 pm! We have several prizes for the best ‘dance’ customs. Bring a friend or relative who served in the military and enjoy the evening. Make sure to wear something patriotic and show your colors. I’d like to get a group picture of all the vets. Thank you for your service!

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

Military and Community Family Fun Day

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The Plymouth Memorial Day Program

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Empowering Veteran Entrepreneurs

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Get more information and register at http://bit.ly/empoweringvets

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Partners in Prevention Spring Newsletter

We are getting ready to celebrate another great year and we’d love for you to join us. Attached is our Spring Newsletter.

PIP Newsletter Spring 2018.pdf

Monday, June 4th, 9-10:30am
IOCP, Shannon Hall

Coffee and bagels will be provided. 🙂

Alison Wobschall, M.A.

Partners in Prevention, Director
Plymouth, Minnesota
(612) 412-8202
alison.wobschall@wayzataschools.org

Partners in Prevention is a community coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use. We are nearly all volunteers representing more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. We rely heavily on collaboration to support our efforts to positively impact our community. We are hoping to reduce substance use by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of use and also by promoting the protective factors that minimize the risk of use.

PIP serves the Wayzata School District, consisting of all or parts of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. The district educates over 11,000 students made up of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

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Plymouth Station Holiday to host PBYR FUNdraiser on July 24th

Allan has been successful in his lobbying efforts with Plymouth Station Holiday!! They will again host PBYR for a BBQ FUNdraiser on July 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Plymouth Station Holiday
16825 County Road 24
Plymouth, MN 55447

**Please plan to come out for a burger and also to buy a book of  car washes to support PBYR.

**We need to replenish our funds to continue to perform our mission in the BYR network of cities.  Please bring a friend—everyone needs lunch and a clean car!!

These fundraisers are crucial for PBYR to provide assistance and support to Service Members, Vets and their Families!!

 

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Classified state positions with Military Affairs

 

The MN Department of Military Affairs is excited to announce the opening of three new state employee positions to help  strengthen the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program across the state. Yellow Ribbon Regional Outreach Coordinators will be located in Mankato, Cottage Grove and Camp Ripley and we need your help in finding the perfect people for these important positions.

Note: The positions will be open until May 18th, please help distribute broadly.  If anyone has any questions, have them contact Annette Kuyper at 651.282.4002 to speak more about the opportunity.

Use this link  Interns and Student Workers / Then hit the “Search for jobs” / Search under “Military Affairs” and you will find the position description and qualifications.

 

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

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Military OneSource: Dynamic Group Discussion

Love Can Last

It is that time again! Another fantastic Dynamic Group Discussion, please pass on to our service/family members.

Topic: Love Can Last

Join us to talk about what helps couples stay together. Learn tips for a healthy, lasting relationship that brings you both contentment and helps you weather any storm. Details and registration is on the attached flier!  Thank you!

Dates: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8-9 p.m. ET & Wednesday, May 16 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET

NOTE that times are in ET

May 2018 DGD_Love_Can_Last.pdf

 

Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
Contractor
michael.meier@militaryonesource.com | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647

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Friday Night Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance – May 11

We’re changing things up at the VFW this Mom’s Day weekend. We’re hosting a Dinner & Dance Night this Friday, May 11th. Food from 5:00-8:00 pm (1/2 pound hamburgers with trimmings)! The Band Tailspin will be on stage play playing great country and classic rock from 7:00-11:00 pm. ‘There is a $5.00 cover’. Come for dinner and wear your cowboy boots! Please pass this info along. Thanks!

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2018 Camp Gratitude

To those not familiar with Camp Gratitude, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a FREE week-long camping experience for military and veteran families to relax and reconnect while building strength and resilience following deployment.  We do this to honor and thank these families for their service too our Country.  Further information, photos and additional inclusions are available at http://www.campgratitude.org.

In 2018, Camp Gratitude will be operating in two (2) locations.  June 15-22 at The Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St Croix, MN where we will have the honor to host twelve (12) families, and Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville, MN (near Rochester) where we will be hosting 24 families.

Currently we have one (1) opening still available at The Vets Camp location and 12 at the Ironwood Springs location.  If you know of a military family within your community you would like to sponsor, please have them complete an on-line application from our website, www.campgratitude.org.

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

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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Plymouth Memorial Day Event: May 24th

I have attached the Program for the Plymouth Memorial Day Event.  It is scheduled for May 24th at 11 AM.

Please pass the announcement to your networks as we would like a strong turnout. The program represents our strong and healthy community.

The program  will remind us of the costs and sacrifices made for our safety & freedom.  Please consider to attend!!

Plymouth Memorial Day Program 2018.pdf

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

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Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) Town Hall Round Table

On behalf of the MN National Guard, we are asking for your assistance to pass this invitation on to any SPOUSE and DIRECT family members (above the age of 18) of a Service Member who is CURRENTLY in the MN National Guard.

BHMC Town Hall Invitation.pdf

Thank you for your help, much appreciated.

 

V/R,

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

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Tips for Late Tax Filers

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Lecture Opportunity – Human Stress Response in Veterans

 

Who:  Open to the public
What:  Dr. Stevan Hobfoll (Speaker)
Where:  College of St. Scholastica Science Center Auditorium
When:  May 3rd at 6 pm (time may change slightly)
POC:  Jeff Pearson at Jpearson3@css.edu or 218-723-5944
**Synopsis of lecture:
Dr. Hobfoll will speak regarding the background of human stress response as well as PTS. He will highlight his research and treatment successes of PTS among the veteran population, as well as how combat, experience and social factors affect PTS among US and Isreali Defense Forces veterans.

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HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE—-SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, April 28th. Food from 5-8 with music from 7-10:30. The Arcades are back playing their great classic rock! Last month ‘Anthony’s Sock Hop’ drew 250 people. Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a large party. $5.00 cover charge. Bring some friends and we’ll see you there!

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MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Match!

 

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

Cost: discounted tickets start at $20

To purchase tickets:

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

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

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Ice Cream Social – Dilworth VFW Post 1223

MN Military Family Assistance Center Awareness Month -Ice Cream Social

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Dunbar Family Update

Dear BTYR Communities,

It is with a warm and heavy heart that we at Family Programs extend our deepest gratitude for coming together to raise the travel funds necessary for Master SGT Jonathan J Dunbar’s MN extended family to attend his funeral. The “Youcaring” link is no longer up and the family was able to lay their loved one to rest today. Thank you for coming together as a network to serve those who serve us. The family wanted this statement to go out to you:

“Please forward to all involved.  Today we as a family were able to all come together in honor and to say goodbye to our loved one, Master Sgt Jonathan J Dunbar at National Arlington Cemetery.   Thank you to all who made this burden lighter through your support and words of condolence.  We as a family have sorrow and grief for his loss but know that he loved this country and his family and that is why he served.    It was amazing to see the strength and sorrow at the same time of the soldiers wearing Dunbar on their badges to honor him today.  Thanks again for all your generosity and kindness.   The Dunbar Family”

V/R,

Tiffany KovaleskiMN 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

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2018 Military Mental Health Conference

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BTYR Family in Need

Dear BTYR Communities,

Unfortunately, the extended family (who live in MN) of a Service member are in need due to a tragic loss. Sgt Jonathan Dunbar was killed in active duty. The immediate family of this soldier have their costs covered but the extended family here in MN are travelling to attend the funeral in Arlington, VA via vehicle with limited monetary resources. They have stated they have the capacity to reach Arlington but would have to utilize credit to do so.

If your community would like to donate to help offset their travel cost, you are able to donate to the family’s “you caring” site listed below. At this time this is the only need, the family anticipates to have. The family has asked for privacy and no direct contact or outreach to the family is authorized at this time.

Please send any questions to MN National Guard Family Programs Director, CPT Adam Gades at (651)-248-2912 or adam.c.gades.mil@mail.mil

The following statement was given and approved by the family of the soldier,
“We are grieving the loss of our nephew, Sgt Jonathan Dunbar, cousin, family member from the IED bombing in Syria. Our family is close and big and several aunts, uncles and cousins would like to attend the service of Jon at Arlington National Cemetery for his internment. We know Jon would want us all there to support our loved ones. We are looking for funds to get us there from Minnesota to out east.  Plans for service are the week if 4/17 per government schedule. We have made the most economical travel plans including driving out. We are also staying 4 per room at the Virginian with a rate of 385.00 for 2 nights. We will have one hotel out and back, but uncertain where that will be or the cost depending on where we stop. RIP Jonathan Dunbar. He was an amazing father, husband, son, brother, and beloved family member.  It is sure different when it is one of your own. Thank you all for your support and care! The Dunbar Family.”

https://www.youcaring.com/dunbarfamilyjonathandunbar-1156992

http://www.ifallsjournal.com/news/local/international-falls-native-soldier-killed-in-syria/article_acdd26e0-45dc-555e-ba55-87892704c67b.html

 

PBYR Assists Family to Attend a Funeral at Arlington Cemetery

On April 18, 2018 the PBYR Board  authorized $200 to assist the extended family of Sgt Jonathan Dunbar to attend his funeral.  He was killed in action. The family has expressed a desire for privacy.  Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and we acknowledge Sgt Dunbar’s service and sacrifice.

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

 

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Tillman Honor Run

 

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

 

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

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Scoops for Troops

Scoops for Troops

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Suicide Prevention Awareness and Intervention Program

 

Suicide Prevention

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Ironwood Spring Ranch – Family/Couple retreat opportunities

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

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

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class – May 11th

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Flyer FINAL_May 11

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

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Resolving Anger – Dynamic Group Discussion

Resolving Anger

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Hamburger Nights in Hugo

Hamburger Nght

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April FAC Newsletter

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

2018 April FAC Newsletter

Have a wonderful day!

Respectfully,

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

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HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE – APRIL 14TH

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

Grab your boots and head to the “V”!

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YMCA presents “A Run For Everyone” Minneapolis Fun Run

 

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

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

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

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Military Kids – Bear a Lot

Bear a lot

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April – Month of the Military Child

Military Child month

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Please help promote Crisis Text Line!

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

Now we need your help in getting the word out!

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FREE Books

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

 

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

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DAV Donor Connect – April 2, 2018

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

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

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

Donor Connect 4.3.18.pdf

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

 

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

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Pikedale Lodge – Military Appreciation

Pikedale Lodge

http://www.pikedale.com

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Six Boys and 13 Hands

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March FAC Newsletter

Deployment Support

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

2018 FAC Newsletter- March.pdf

Have a wonderful day.

Respectfully,

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

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Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

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

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Minnesota Humanities Center Veterans Voices Award

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

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

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

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

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

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Youth Mental Health First Aid class – May 11

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Flyer FINAL_May 11_page_001

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Military Children Appreciation Day

Military Child Appreciation Day

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Minnesota Military Museum Veterans Registry


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

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Laketrails Wilderness Camping

Lake Trails

Who: Military Teens ages 13-18 (All Branches)
What: Lake trails Camp: Experience a 9 day Outdoor Adventure at Lake of the Woods. Campers will have an experience of a lifetime and will canoe, cook their own food, portage and set-up camp.
When: This summer! Check the website for open sessions.
Where: Lake of the Woods, Oak Island, MN (Transportation is available)
Register: Click Here
POC: Sue Lemm,

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Personal Financial Counselor At No Cost

 


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

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2018 Women Veterans Conference

 

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

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

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Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care

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

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

LSS Therapeutic Foster Care booklet.pdf

https://ysnmn.org/#/home

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

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

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Trolling for The Troops

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

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Stars on Ice

Stars on Ice

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Baby & Toddler Story Time

Story Time

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Build Your Dream

 

Build Your Dream

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

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Military Night At The Shrine Circus

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

Shrine Circus

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

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Target Center Special Military Deals

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

Tickets: http://bit.ly/harlem_globetrotters_military

Offer Expires: 3.26.18

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Hamel VFW “Sock Hop” on March 24

 

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

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

There’s a best costume contest as well. 

 

See you there!

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

Give kids a smile

Register by March 23

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Military Tax Information and Scam Warning

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

Mitigation:

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

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

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Female Veteran’s Wellness & Pampering Retreat

www.campbliss.org

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Bayport American Legion Pig Roast & Luau

Bayport American Legion

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Women Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

WVES

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Warrant Resolution & Legal Services

Warrant Resolution

Legal Services Day

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Transportation Security Administration Careers for Veterans

TSA

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NCHC Frozen Face-Off College Hockey Tournament

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

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

Use code: NCHCHERO to receive the discount

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Military Appreciation Dinner – March 15

Military Appreciation Dinner

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DAV Donor Connect

 

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

Have a great day-

Donor Connect 3.13.18.pdf

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

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MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Matches!

 

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

Cost:  discounted tickets start at $20

To purchase tickets:

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

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

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

 

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ACEs – Train the Trainer program

 

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

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

·         Timing/Agenda:

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

April 2018 Participant Agenda.pdf

·         Candidate Agreement form:

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

ACE Interface Presenter Candidate Agreement.pdf

2018 Presenter Application.pdf

·         Participant Application: 

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

·         Facilitator Bios – attached for your reference

April 2018 Training Facilitator Bios.pdf.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you –

Warmly,

Catherine

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

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DAV Donor Connect

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

Donor Connect 3.7.18.pdf

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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

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Youth essay contest on disasters

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

Check out the essay information online:

 

money_smart_essay_contest_flyer_2018_3.pdf

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

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

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One source connecting you to your best MilLife

 

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

Facilitated by: John Mack, MSW

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

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

March 2018 DGD Moving Again.pdf

 

Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
Contractor
michael.meier@militaryonesource.com | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647

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

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

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Minnesota Home Expo – FREE TICKETS!

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

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

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NCHC Frozen Face-Off College Hockey Tournament

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

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

Use code: NCHCHERO to receive the discount

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Youth and Family Turkey Hunt

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

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Sea Life Aquarium Family Overnight – Mall of America

 

REGISTER NOW!  Slots fill quickly!

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

Details:

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

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

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2018 Women Veterans Conference

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

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

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Troops To Teachers Program

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

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ZMC Hotel Discounts and Promotions

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

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Personal Financial Counselor

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

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Parenting Skills

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

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

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

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Lake Trails Camp

Who: Military Teens ages 13-18 (All Branches)
What: Lake Trails Camp: Experience a 9 day Outdoor Adventure at Lake of the Woods. Campers will have an experience of a lifetime and will canoe, cook their own food, portage and set-up camp.
When: This summer! Check the website for open sessions.
Where: Lake of the Woods, Oak Island, MN (Transportation is available)
Register: Click Here
POC: Sue Lemm

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School for Performing Acts

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

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Minnesota Military Museum Veterans Registry

 

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

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Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting

 

Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting

 

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By Jessica Dym Bartlett

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

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

Talking to children about school shootings

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

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

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

Other helpful hints

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

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

Children with direct exposure to a school shooting

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

Additional resources

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

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Talking to Children about the Shooting

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DAV Donor Connect

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

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

Donor Connect 2.16.18.pdf

Have a wonderful weekend

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

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2018 Military Mental Health conference

 

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

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

Subject: 2018 Military Mental Health Conference

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

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

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

For more information and to register visit:

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

Military Mental Health Conference 2018 Flyer.pdf

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

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Minneapolis Legal Clinic for Veterans

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

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

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

March 2018 Drop In MPLS.pdf

 

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

PBYR Participates in the Greenwood Elementary School Community Service Event

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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Jobs and opportunities

Equity Coordinator Position open at the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Closing date February 26, 2018

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

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

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Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)

Deadline: March 15, 2018

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

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

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

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


Funding opportunities

Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action Grant

Deadline April 10

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

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

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

To learn more visit the BCBS Foundation website

 

Nonprofit Capacity-Building Grants: Management Improvement Fund

No deadline

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

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Hamel VFW Valentine’s Dance

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

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PBYR at Work

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

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

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

President – Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

 

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Donor Connect has some requests

Donor Connect Friends,

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

Metro area request for a small stationary exercise bike.

Bloomington area request for a Lift Recliner.

St. Cloud area request for a Lift Recliner.     

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

 

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DAV Donor Connect – January 23, 2018

 

Donor Connect Friends

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

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

Donor Connect 1.23.18.pdf

Have a wonderful day!

 

Stephanie Zeimetz

St. Cloud VA HSC

Donor Connect

(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)

(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)

stephanie@davmn.org

http://www.davmn.org

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

 

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

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

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Give Kids a Smile Day 2018!

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

CDS GKAS 2018 Flyer

Thank you.

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

 

Childrens dental services

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Supporting Military Children with Traumatic Grief

Child Traumatic Grief Series
Supporting Military Children with Traumatic Grief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Resources for Military Families: 
Sesame Street for Military Families

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

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

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

Talking to Your Child About a Suicide Death

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Upcoming Webinar:
Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis

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

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

Register here

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New Resource:

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

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

For more information

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New Article:

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

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New Article:

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

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New Article:

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

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JANUARY 2018 Mental Well-Being Learning Community!

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 30th 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register to Participate (NEW LINK!)

More Information

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

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

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

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

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Cambridge Family Assistance Center Job Posting

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

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

JOB TITLE: Family Assistance Center (FAC) Specialist

EMPLOYER: Skyline-ULTD

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

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Contract

VACANCY LOCATION: Cambridge, MN

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

Skyline FACS Cambridge MN.pdf

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PBYR 2017 Financials

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Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Financial Statements

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

 

PBYR FS 12 31 2017.pdf

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

 

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

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

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

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

Statewide crisis provider meeting

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Linking Freedom in our Backyard

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FAC January Newsletter

 

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

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

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

FAC Newsletter- January.pdf

 

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
SKYLINE ULTD, Contractor

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

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Interfaith Speaker on January 11

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

Dr. Michael Rodriguez

Dr. Michael Rodriguez

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Shannon Hall

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth 55447

Lunch will be provided

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

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

 

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

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Donor Connect

 

Donor Connect contacts:

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

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

Thank you.

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

 

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Fishing for Life Events

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What: Fishing for Life Holes 4Heroes Ice Fishing Festival

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

How: To Register please go to: FISHINGFORLIFE.ORG

Please see attached pdf for more information.

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Free Training Course

 

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

See attached flyer!

Delta Kappa Gamma flyer Jan. 2018.pdf

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DAV Donor Connect

 

 

Donor Connect Friends

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

Donor Connect weekly listing 12.29.17.pdf

Thank you and have a happy New Years!

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

PBYR assists service member with temporary housing

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

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

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, PBYR President

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Hamel VFW dinner & dance – January 13

 

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

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DAV Donor Connect – Available Item

DAV of Minnesota

 

Donor Connect Friends-

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

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

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

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

 

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

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PBYR Meets with Wayzata High School Students to Discuss Recent Partnering

Wayzata

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

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

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chairman

PBYR

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DAV Donor Connect

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

Donor Connect updated weekly listing 12.5.17

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

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

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Teen Stress

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

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We Will Never Forget

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

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

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

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

Semper Fi.

Forwarded by Jim Heimerl

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United Heroes League & Minnesota Timberwolves opportunity for child dependents

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

UHL Offer Sheet Timberwolves.PDF

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MACV Fundraiser – Sunday, December 3 in Stillwater

Please pass along this opportunity to support our partner, MN Assistance Council for Veterans, hopefully you have seen them on WCCO as well. This is in Stillwater this Sunday.

Items for the silent auction so far with approximate value:

* 2 (3 month platinum) lifetime fitness family memberships that were donated by lifetime. $600
* Rod Carew autographed bat $625
* Stephan Diggs autographed photo $130
* Lindsey Whalen Autographed photo $100
* Brett Favre Framed Matted Picture signed and autographed $650
* Lots and Lots of gift cards
* 4 some at Royal Oaks Golf Club $320
* Timberwolves Tickets
* Autographed photo of Shabazz Mohamed
* 2 some at another golf course
* Jewelry
* Christmas Trees x 2

*This does not include the additional items from the Vikings, the Wild, the Timberwolves- will be 80-100 silent auction items!*

For additional info please see the PDF below.

MACV Benefit Flyer.pdf

Sponsored by the Stillwater American Legion Post 48

We’re All-In to End Veteran Homelessness

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Two openings for Citizen Soldier for Life Counselor Contractors

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

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

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

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Upcoming DNR Veteran Employment Seminar

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

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

Veterans Employment Seminar – Poster.pdf

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

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

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

PBYR and Wayzata HS YES 2017.pdf

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Free upcoming safeTALK training

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

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

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

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

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DAV Donor Connect

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

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

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

Donor Connect weekly listing 11.7.17.pdf

Have a wonderful day.

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

 

Veterans Day Restaurant Deals and Discounts

 

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

Veterans Day Restaurant Deals and Discounts

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Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo at Xcel Energy Center on January 5

As a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) Company, the Xcel Energy Center is pleased to share a very special offer to the upcoming Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Save up to $23 per ticket when ordering on-line at www.xcelenergycenter.com/military or via the attached form. Please share this offer with your community and contact me with any questions.

Rodeo Military 2018.pdf

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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

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Twin Cities Honor Flight – April 7

As you make plans for 2018, I wanted to send you the date for the next Twin Cities Honor Flight. Honor flights help World War II Veterans and now Korean War Veterans have a day in Washington D.C. at no cost. Help welcome them home when they arrive back in MN. Come out and show your support!

WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018. Arrive at Terminal 2 Baggage Area by 10PM. Flight typically arrives about 10:20-10:30PM.

WHERE: Terminal 2 (previously called the Humphrey Terminal) Minneapolis Airport, 7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, 55450
Meet in Baggage Area, No need to RSVP, just show up! Bring signs and lots of cheers!

If you know of any World War II or Korean War Veterans, the form to get on a list for a future flight can be found here: www.honorflighttwincities.org/, the spring one is full.

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

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Dental Clinic at myHealth December 5th

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

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

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

Dental Services Flyer

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Volunteer Opportunity for Female Veterans

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

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

4397 – 121st Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449

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

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

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

Dr. Gary Goldetsky honored ~with Seven Seals Award

 

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

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

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

 

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

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PBYR meets with Medtronic’s Veteran Employment Resource Group

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

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Veterans Day Celebration – November 11

The Hamel American Legion and the Hamel VFW is sponsoring a Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 11th. Food 7:30-8:45 with Program 9:00-10:00 am (see PDF flyer below).

This year we are serving a special breakfast of “Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast” (SOS) along with our regular breakfast (numerous veterans have requested SOS over the years). We have a great Guest Speaker lined up, good food and plenty of service banter. Most importantly we get a chance to thank our veterans for their service and to welcome them home!

This event is open to the public. Take a moment and invite your veteran family members and friends. This is also an excellent learning moment for scouts, church and school groups. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll ask the guy down the block, the one who always wears his military ball cap, if you can buy him breakfast that morning.  That would be nice!! SF

2017 Vet Day Celeb.PDF

 

Respectfully,
Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

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DAV Donor Connect

 

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

Donor Connect 10182017.pdf

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

Have a glorious day.

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

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Family Readiness Support Assistant Position Available

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

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

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

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

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

For additional information please see the PDF below.

Family Readiness Support Assistant Posting BDE FRSA.pdf

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

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MACMH Fall 2017 Training Series

 

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

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

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

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

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

 

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

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

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

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

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

 

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

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

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

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

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

 

Battling Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

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

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

Learn More |  Register

3 CEHs | $89

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

 

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

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

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

Learn More | Register

6 CEHs | $179

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

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Teens and Adolescents

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

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

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

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

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Supporting Students in Distress Workshop

 

 

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

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

 

Monday, November 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 

3450 Irving Avenue South

Maple Grove, MN 55408

 

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

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The Salvation Army Christmas Toy Assistance Program

 

What: the Salvation Army Toy Assistance Program

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

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

Please see attached PDF for more information.

2017 The Salvation Army Christmas Toy assistance program.pdf

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Hamel VFW Halloween Costume Dance

 

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Halloween Dinner & Costume Dance on Saturday, October 21st from 5-11:00 pm. Food from 5-8 and music from 7-10:30. Prizes will be given to the three best costumes. The 1st place prize is a $1,200.00 “Limousine Bus Night”. The bus holds 22 people. Call for reservations if you have a large party.

A portion of the proceeds is going to Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon. The VFW will make a second donation to a Plymouth City school. A teacher has received permission to put the American Flags back in the class room and asked for the VFW’s assistance.

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DVA Donor Connect

 

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

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

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

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

Donor Connect Updated weekly listing 9.26.17

 

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

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Parenting with a Good Heart (Online Course)

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

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

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

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

Parenting with a Good Heart Course_09.15.2017 .pdf

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

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September Bloomington FAC Newsletter

 

The first Bloomington Family Assistance Center (FAC) Newsletter has been published and has lots of good information. All FAC Newsletters can also be found on the FAC Newsletters page on this site.

Bloomington FAC Newsletter September 2017

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Veterans Job Fair – October 12

 

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

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

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Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference

 

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

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

 

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

Anita M. Harris Hering

Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor

University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development

Regional Office, St. Cloud

3601  18th Street South

Suite #113

St. Cloud, MN  56301

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chair

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Children’s Dental Services – October 25

myHealth is hosting another dental clinic for Children’s Dental Services on Wednesday October 25th 9-4, at our Hopkins Clinic.

The clinics fill up fast, so encourage those interested to call and schedule early.

For additional information please stop by www.myhealthmn.org

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Contract Positions – Citizen Soldier for Life

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

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

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

Prior military is preferred but not required.

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

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

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

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NAMI MN mental health training flyers

 

 

NAMI MN mental health training flyers

 

Question, Persuade, Refer 9.26.2017.pdf

Children’s Challenging Behaviors 10.14.2017.pdf

Special Education-Helping Students Succeed 10.24.2017.pdf

safeTALK 11.14.2017.pdf

sychosis (For Professionals) 11.15.2017.pdf

Mental Health Crisis Planning 12.05.2017.pdf

Transitions 2.6.2018.pdf

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis 3.13.2018.pdf

 

Thanking you, in advance.

Melodie

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

 

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

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Military Families Learning Network – FREE Virtual Conference

 

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

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

  • Topics
  • Schedule of Events
  • Registration information

Hope to see you there!

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

 

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

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PBYR Representation at The MN State Fair

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

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chair

Annette writes,

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

Annette Brechon Kuyper

Director of Military Outreach

Minnesota Department of Military Affairs

20 West 12th Street

Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004

O: 651.282.4002

C: 651.955.3108

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HHC Family Day Picnic – September 17, 2017

 

Hello my fellow Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Communities: I have an opportunity to serve our Service Members on 17 September 2017. The attached flyer has all the information for the event and is a great time to directly interface with our service members and their families. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska has participated in these over the past few years and they are a lot of fun and the families really appreciate the help.

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska will be helping by cooking and serving of the food for the military families. We are also going to make a cash donation to the unit to help defray some of the costs of the event.

If you are interested in your community or network getting involved please let me know and I’ll forward you the POC information. I hope that all local Communities and networks are able to help and support this event and I look forward to seeing you there.

HHC Family Day Flyer.PDF.

Respectfully,

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

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Complimentary 2017 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Books

JFHQ has received complimentary 2017 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain books from BTYR / Minnesota State Fair.

Books can be picked up at the Veterans Service Building (20 West 12th Street in St. Paul) in my work area on the 4th floor.

NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS will be accepted to reserve books, first come-first served.  If you are outside of the metro area, contact someone you know in the area to pick up booklet for you.

Diane M. Buszta
Executive Administrative Assistant to
MG Neal G. Loidolt, Deputy Adjutant General
BG Johanna Clyborne, Assistant Adjutant General
COL Brian Melton, Joint Chief of Staff Minnesota Department Military Affairs
20 – 12th Street West
Veterans Service Building
Saint Paul, MN 55155
(651) 268.8925
diane.m.buszta.nfg@mail.mil

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Vehicle for Donation

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

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

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

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

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Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque:  “Funraiser” Success!!

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On August 22, 2017 the Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque raised $813.31!   Kudos to Kersten and Allan’s outreach efforts at the barbeque!  Also,  Allan helped with the cash management and related details even though he was scheduled to take a part of the CPA exam the next day.  Who ever said accountants can’t concentrate on 2 things at the same time?   PBYR  greatly appreciates ALL of Allan’s excellent professional efforts with PBYR over the years!!

Allan with Holi the Turtle

Kersten working hard as always

Also, PBYR greatly appreciates the ongoing support from Liz & the  Plymouth Station Holiday staffers!! This was our 6th event at Holiday!!  Please  be sure to express appreciation to Plymouth Station Holiday and stop there for gas, food and car washes as needed—they have been super supporters of PBYR!!

**Also, PBYR wishes to express appreciation to Congressman Erik Paulsen and his staff for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit, buy a burger and support  PBYR’s efforts with assisting service members, veterans and family!!

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DAV Donor Connect Update 08/21/2017

 

Good Morning Donor Connect Friends!

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

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

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

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

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

Donor Connect List 08/2112017

Have an excellent week!

Stephanie Zeimetz

St. Cloud VA HSC

Donor Connect

(320)828-6761

stephanie@davmn.org | www.davmn.org

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PBYR’s 1st Event with Potbelly is a Success:  $336.50 Donated

Potbelly at 3235 Vicksburg Lane North in Plymouth, MN

On August 16, 2017 Potbelly hosted a fundraiser and $336.50 was donated to PBYR to use to assist service members, Vets and family. The event went well and the Potbelly staff was very accommodating and as a result the manager requested a “monthly partnership” on the 3rd Wednesday of EVERY month from 5 PM to 8 PM!!!!!!!

PBYR welcomes and highly values this partnership. Please support Potbelly, have a meal  and express thanks to them for sponsoring a monthly PBYR fundraiser. Kersten Beckstrom provided  assistance with outreach efforts and as a result of her efforts several individuals asked to receive PBYR communications.   PBYR wishes to express appreciation with Plymouth Police Officers that came to Potbelly as well as Plymouth Council Member Jim Davis!!

Nevin Nylin, Potbelly Manager wrote:

Gary and Kersten,

The crew loved the event last night, even with the storms your group did well… With your event going well and the turnout was good, would you guys be interested in doing a monthly partnership?

Nevin Nylin

GMTL/GMCLServsafe Instructor/Proctor
3235 Vicksburg Lane N
Plymouth, MN 55447

PBYR will be at Potbelly’s on the 3rd Wednesday of EVERY month from 5 PM to 8 PM!

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

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

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

MMAF Say Thanks Day Flyer 2017.pdf

MMAF Say Thanks Day Copy.pdf

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MVP Veteran Re-Careering Event

 

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

Email: JMercer@MVPvets.org

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To prevent youth suicide, we must address more than bullying

By Deborah Temkin


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PBYR Supports Wellness 5K

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

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

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PBYR Participates at Plymouth Home Depot’s Military Appreciation Day  Event

PBYR greatly appreciated Kersten Beckstrom’s expert assistance at the Home Depot event on Saturday Aug 5th.  As a Board member she regularly contributes to the PBYR mission. We were able to visit  with fellow vendors and shared several tables with the Heinzen-Ditter VFW,  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the American Legion.   There was a  light stream of folks visiting our tables.

Several people decided to join our network on Saturday and will be added to our mail distribution list soon.  We received a very small amount of donations, however the real purpose of the event is for  PBYR to express appreciation to Vets and Service Members and support our partner Home Depot in the event.  Jim Heimerl expertly demonstrated flag folding and gave some history about handling the flag.

We gave out Girl Scout cookies  and chocolate candy at the event.  **Chocolate candy and warm weather may not be the best match—some kids really needed to be hosed down after the chocolate!! Suspect their parents will forever remember PBYR!

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Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an IRS certified 501c3 organization will participate in 3 events in August, 2017.

  • On Aug 5th from 10-2PM PBYR will host a table at Plymouth Home Depot for Military Appreciation Day.
  • On Aug 16th from 5PM to 8PM PBYR will have a Fundraiser at the Potbelly Restaurant, located at 3235 Vicksburg Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55447 (please announce you are from PBYR).
  • On Aug 22nd from 10:30AM -1:30 PM PBYR  will have a barbeque at Holiday Gas @ Plymouth Station,  16825 County Rd 24, Plymouth, MN.  This is the 6th barbeque that Plymouth Holiday Station has hosted for PBYR.  All proceeds (including car washes) are donated to PBYR.

These fundraisers are crucial for PBYR to provide assistance and support to Service Members, Vets and their Families!!

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

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

Boots Business 2017 June.PDF

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KUDOS to The Plymouth Lions !!!!

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

Gary Goldetsky, PBYR President

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Twin Cities Honor Flight – September 30

We will soon have another Twin Cities Honor Flight. Honor flights help World War II Veterans and now Korean War Veterans have a day in Washington D.C. at no cost. Help welcome them home when they arrive back in MN. This fall  flight is expected to have 42 World War II Veterans and over 30 Korean War Veterans, come out and show your support!

WHEN:    Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Arrive at Terminal 2 Baggage Area by 10PM. Flight typically arrives about 10:20-10:30PM.

WHERE:  Terminal 2 (previously called the Humphrey Terminal) Minneapolis Airport, 7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, 55450

Meet in Baggage Area, No need to RSVP, just show up! Bring signs and lots of cheers!

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

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PBYR at work

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

Thank You

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Home Depot Orange Honors Military Spouse Scholarship contest

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What: Home Depot Orange Honors scholarship Program

Who: Military Spouses

When: Essays taken from 7 June – 12 July 2017

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

Please see PDF for additional information

Home Depot Orange Honors 2017.PDF

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St. Paul Saints – Free Military Appreciation Game

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

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

Where: CHS Field

Please see PDF below for more information.

USAA Flyer-2Jul.pdf

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CAPSH is now CAP-HC

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

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

CAPSH-Rename-CAP-HC.PDF

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Annual Operation Gown Giveaway

Credit – Lea Ferrante Photography

WHO: Active Duties, Veterans and Active First Responders
WHAT: Celebrate Our Heroes
WHEN: Kickoff July 5th, 2017
WHERE: Operation Wedding Gown giveaway events in salons across the country
WHY: In an effort to support our communities
HOW: For more information, locate a salons near you or register at http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com and bring proper identity.
POC: Donna Soda Phone 877-650-3309

BAA July 2017 Operation Gown Press Release.pdf

July 2017 OWG Flyer.pdf

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Why Taps is played at Funerals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The words are:

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

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

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

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

Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.

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

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

I didn’t!

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Lake Trails camping events

Lake trails-logo-dark

Lake trails is an amazing and unique camping experience. Teens will be pushed to their limits and learn they can do things they didn’t think they could. Lake trails offers a military scholarship of $170. See their website for more details.

Who: Military Teens ages 13-18 (All Branches)
What: Lake trails Camp: Experience a 9 day Outdoor Adventure at Lake of the Woods. Campers will have an experience of a lifetime and will canoe, cook their own food, portage and set-up camp.
When: This summer! Check the website for open sessions.
Where: Lake of the Woods, Oak Island, MN (Transportation is available)
Register: http://laketrails.org/info/#camp-rates-and-schedule
POC: Sue Lemm,

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

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FREE MAC V Free Legal Clinic – June 13

Attached and below please find information for MAC V Free Legal Clinic.

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9am – 2pm

Where: VA Medical Center 1 Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN

FREE Parking at the VA Medical Center

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

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

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

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Military Appreciation Night – St. Paul Saints

Please see attached for more information for FREE St. Paul Saints games for military members and their families.

What: Free Saints games against the Kansas City TBones

When: SUNDAY, MAY 28TH 3:30PM- GATES OPEN 5:05PM- FIRST PITCH

Where: CHS Field

7-05-28-usaa-military-appreciation-saints.pdf

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS CALL 651-644-6659

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The Ultimate Nature Experience

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

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

TUNE Flyer 2017.pdf

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

Virtual SRP Flyer.pdf

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Do you know a Champion for Change?

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

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

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

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

 Contest Rules                Video Content Guide

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

Check out videos from last year’s award recipients!

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

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Military discounts just waiting for you

Below are some military specials and discounts offered for theme parks, national parks, and attractions. When making hotel arrangements, always request a military discount as MANY hotels do offer them. I do also update our MN Family Assistance Facebook page regularly with discounts and area specials. If you are on Facebook you can find us under: Military Family Assistance Centers of Minnesota https://www.facebook.com/mn.militaryfamilyassistancecenters/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

For those having Family Days, Unit events, or BTYR Events: I still have Girl Scout cookies, kids games puzzles and toys, and can request coffee. Please let me know if you can use any of these items, this will be first come first served. Please call to make pick up arrangements.

MN Hunting/Fishing discounts for military members:
http://dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/military/print.html

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through Military.com:
http://www.military.com/discounts/travel

Free National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes for Active Duty Military Members and their Families:
https://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html

For those Home Projects: Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/lowes-expands-changes-its-military-discount-program

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MN Department of Corrections On Site Career Fair

WHO: Military, Veterans and their Family

WHAT: MN Department of Corrections On Site Career Fair

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

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

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

Please see attached for more information:

MN Dept of Corrections Career Fair Flier 2017

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ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

We’re throwing an Armed Forces Day “steak fry and dance” on Saturday, May 20th at The Hamel VFW. Our theme that night is a patriotic one so show your colors!

There will be multiple drawings throughout the night for some terrific prizes. The “grand prize” is a $750.00 Limo Bus Night. The bus holds 20 people. Remember, I’ve always dreamed about riding on a party bus my whole life if you win. 😊 There will be drink specials along with a great steak dinner!! The Fabulous Del Counts are playing great classic rock that you can dance to on our full ballroom floor. Stop in for dinner and dance afterwards. We don’t dance enough anymore. Please pass the word….

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

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

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Joining Community Forces – MN Conference Series

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

2017 JCF-MNConference_Registration_FALL2017.pdf

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Teen Summit 2017

Sign your teens up today for a great experience and connecting with other military teens. Learn how to manage the Rough Waters of life and lean on others who understand military culture.

Who: 40 MN National Guard Teens (other branches will be added to the waiting list)

What: 7th Annual MN Military Teen Summit. Teens will participate in workshops, teambuilding and leadership activities. There will be a national speaker, service project, and more! Please see flyer for details.

When: 16-18 June 17

Where: Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, MN

How: www.jointservicessupport.org/events

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

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Free Durable Medical Equipment is Available!!

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

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ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

We’re throwing an Armed Forces Day “steak fry and dance” on Saturday, May 20th at The Hamel VFW. Our theme that night is a patriotic one so show your colors!

There will be multiple drawings throughout the night for some terrific prizes. The “grand prize” is a $750.00 Limo Bus Night. The bus holds 20 people. Remember, I’ve always dreamed about riding on a party bus my whole life if you win. 😊 There will be drink specials along with a great steak dinner!! The Fabulous Del Counts are playing great classic rock that you can dance to on our full ballroom floor. Stop in for dinner and dance afterwards. We don’t dance enough anymore. Please pass the word….

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

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

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Minneapolis MACV FREE Legal Clinic – May 9

Subject: Minneapolis MACV Legal Clinic

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

What: Free legal clinic for Veterans

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

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

FREE Parking at the VA Medical Center

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

macv-mpls-legal-clinic.pdf

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

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Minneapolis Service Platoon Leader Position Available – The Mission Continues

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

Twin Cities Veterans!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Platoons One Pager Minneapolis.pdf

In Service,

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

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Great Veterans Business Opportunities

WHAT: Veteran Business Workshop
WHO: Veterans and Spouses
WHEN: May 20, 2017 8:00am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Mpls VA Medical Center 1 Veteran Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
WHY: Opportunity to Learn from Experts and Successful Veteran Business Owners
HOW: Registration $10 includes continental breakfast, lunch plus an Einstein
Bagels Gift Card (combined up to $17 value). Space is limited to the first 150 registrants, so register now at http://bit.ly/VeteransInBusiness or call (651) 632-8937. Please see the attached document for additional information.

Vet Start Business – Build Business Event may 20

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

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Women Veterans Gala

Chapter 28 MN Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Olmsted County Veterans Services invites Women Veterans of Southern Minnesota to celebrate, laugh, learn, and enjoy the company of other Women Veterans! See PDF below for additional info.

First 100 Women Veteran registrants get a free T-shirt. Please include your shirt size with RSVP.

Allison Gill

Date: Thursday, May 18,  2017

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.: Happy hour, appetizers, mingling
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7 – 9 p.m.: Guest Speakers including Allison Gill

17-05-18-rochester-dav-women-veterans-gala_tcm1066-289967.PDF

Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache
1517 16th ST  SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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

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April’s FAC BTYR Newsletter

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

Arden Hills April Newletter-BYR.pdf

Arden Hills FAC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon News archives

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

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
SKYLINE ULTD, Contractor

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

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The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society Service Appreciation Grouse Dog

WHAT: An opportunity for young military family member to be awarded a free puppy
WHO: Military children ages (10 -17 yrs.) With parents’ approval
WHEN: Complete application must be received by July 31, 2017
WHERE: The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society
WHY: This is an opportunity that will bring smile on the face of the winners from a qualified participating military families
HOW: Please see the attached document for more details, and email your application to bpettitj@gmail.com . You can also mail complete application to the attention of Bill Pettit at 7313 Amberwood Lane Savage, MN 55378.

Winning applicant will be awarded at Twin Cities RGS annual banquet on August 23, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center Minnesota.

MILPuppy Military Apprecation Form 2017.pdf

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Veterans on the Water Event – June 11

What: Boat Show/ Silent Auction

When: June 11th-Sunday at 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington, Mn.

Please see attached for more information, or to contact if you have a Veteran in mind for this program. Look us up on the Web. www.veteransonthewater.com . Please call if you have any questions as I am sure I left something out. Steve Gillaspie 651-353-5050

2017 Veterans on the Water Fundraiser