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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…

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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.



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


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
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


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.


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


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:

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:
Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita
Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:


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


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


Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference


See the attachments regarding ANOTHER one of our facilitators, Brian Fredrickson, and then hop on over to 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:

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

Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:


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


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


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

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


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 Hanson, Program Director
Robbinsdale Area Redesign
3730 Toledo Avenue N.
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
763-504-4985 (Fax)
763-291-8413 (cell)




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 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:
Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita
Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:



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


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.


  • Mark Muhlenkort
  • 612-310-8356
  • Proud member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska


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


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.


Plymouth Station Holiday Barbeque:  “Funraiser” Success!!


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!!


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 |


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!


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

MMAF Say Thanks Day Flyer 2017.pdf

MMAF Say Thanks Day Copy.pdf


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



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).


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.


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!


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!!


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


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


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


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


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

Please see PDF for additional information

Home Depot Orange Honors 2017.PDF


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



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 or call 952-933-9639. To request copies of our program brochures, please contact . For a complete list of locations, please visit . For additional information please see the PDF below.



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 and bring proper identity.
POC: Donna Soda Phone 877-650-3309

BAA July 2017 Operation Gown Press Release.pdf

July 2017 OWG Flyer.pdf


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!


Lake Trails camping events

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

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

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


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


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


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


Where: CHS Field




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

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

TUNE Flyer 2017.pdf


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

Virtual SRP Flyer.pdf


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


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

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:

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through

Free National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes for Active Duty Military Members and their Families:

For those Home Projects: Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program


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

Please see attached for more information:

MN Dept of Corrections Career Fair Flier 2017



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.


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


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


POC: Laura Groeneweg
MN National Guard
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8695
M: 651.242.6938


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!!



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.


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


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


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:

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  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
  • Facebook | Twitter | Donate | CFC #46324


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 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.


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


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.


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!


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


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 . 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


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. . 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


2017 Annual Ride for Hope Event

Please support Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna T-Shirt Sale

WHAT: 9th Annual Ride for Hope
WHO: Veterans, Military and their families
WHEN: July 15th. 8am registration 10am Kickstand
WHERE: Owatonna Eagles Club – 141 Rose St. (Start and Finish)
WHY: Support Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna by purchasing a T-Shirt; Each shirt is $15 and 100% of the proceeds goes to the organization that sells them.
HOW: Please see attached for detail or Call Sarah Frazier for more information about how to purchase your shirt
POC: Sarah Frazier Chair Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna Phone: 507-213-6891


PBYR Assists Widow with Transition to Assisted Living

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

“Hi Gary,

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

Our address is ____________________________________

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

Warm regards, __”


April PARTNERS announcements


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

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

Registration –

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

Summer Youth Activity Guide 2017

2017 Awareness Day Live!

Thank you!

  • Margy Herbert
  • Office: 763-745-5037
  • Mobile: 763-438-0914


Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 2017 Women Veterans Conference!

WHAT: 2017 MDVA Women Veterans Conference
WHO: ALL Ages, Eras, Branches, Transitioning Military Women WELCOME!
WHEN: May 25, 2017 * 8:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Ramada Plymouth Hotel and Conference Center 2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441
WHY: Its Free, There will be a great benefit assistance, Veteran resources and organizations on site and many great things.
HOW: To register, or for more information, * 1-888-LinkVet


Personal Financial Counselor available for Military members and their Families


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

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

How: To schedule contact Craig Hovland, AFC(r) Personal Financial Counselor at (612)-297-0295 or by email at

PFC Brochure – CraigHovland


Valleyfair is honoring our hometown heroes with Military Days

What: Valleyfair is honoring our hometown heroes with Free admission during Military Days

When: Memorial Weekend (May 26-29) and Fourth of July Weekend (July 1-4)

Who: Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Along with free admission, members of the military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $35.00 plus tax per ticket. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this offer.

For more information, please see attached PDF or visit:

Valley Fair Military Special.pdf


DAV of MN Golf Classic – June 14

We are reaching out to pass along our sponsorship information for our upcoming Disabled American Veterans of MN Annual Golf Classic on June 14 at “The Wilds” in Prior Lake. If you could push this information out to your BYRN networks it would be greatly appreciated. This event is one of our main contributors to filling a gap in veteran transportation to and from VA medical appointments. We are growing and expanding our reach across the state in order to reach more veterans. This would not be possible without the support of this event. Thank you for all you do in our MN communities to improve the lives of our veterans, service members, and their families.

Sponsor Letter 2017.pdf

Golf Classic Brochure.pdf


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


OPEN PERIOD: Currently Open- Thursday 6 April 2017


VACANCY LOCATION: Various locations throughout the state of MN


1. Please go to our website “Careers” page for complete job description.
2. Click on “Job Announcements.
3. Use the search bar and type in the job location.
4. Click the “APPLY” button to complete an electronic application.
POINT OF CONTACT: Mrs Nancy Launderville or 651-282-4209







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

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

Where: 1301 2nd Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55430

Please see attached for more information.



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

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

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

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


WHAT: Free Tickets to the St Paul Osman Shrine Circus

WHO: Veterans, Military and their families

WHEN: Thursday March 30, 2017 Starting at 7:00pm

WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

WHY: An opportunity for military, veterans and their families to spend great time together.

HOW: Contact SPC. Kesselly at the Family Programs Office in Cottage Grove. Free Tickets are available for Service members, veterans and their families on a first come first serve basis.

POC: SPC. Kesselly (651)-282-4284


What: Month of the Military Child Celebration

When: 21 April 2017 2-10pm

Where: Mall of America

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


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



Free Dental Treatment for Veterans!

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

Operation Open Wide 2017 Revise Notice.pdf


Folds of Honor Scholarships

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

FINAL FOH Impact Report 2016.pdf

Childrens Fund Application Checklist.pdf

Higher Education Application Checklist.pdf


Kudos to J. H. Larson Company

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




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

Disney on Ice presents DREAM BIG!.pdf


Thrivent Financial free event


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

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


Brain Injury Awareness Day – March 22


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

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

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

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

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

Line leaders, service members and veterans: Learn the basics of #TBI and when to get checked out during #BIAmonth.

U.S. Navy SEAL Brain O’Rourke’s wife noticed his symptoms of insomnia, irritability and anxiety. Her awareness helped lead to his #TBI diagnosis. Share his inspirational story of recovery throughout #BIAmonth.

After an incident such as a fall, motor vehicle collision, or sports-related injury, medical personnel look for signs of a TBI. Learn how service members are screened for possible brain injuries with @Military Health.

U.S. Army veteran Randy Gross uses his previous experiences with brain injury to help connect with service members and show them that recovery is possible.

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

Know the symptoms of concussion with this #DVBIC fact sheet:

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

general flyer.pdf

symposium flyer.pdf


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


Looking for Veteran’s to participate in VA Focus groups


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

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


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

Order a Purple Up Shirt by March 7 to receive it by April 1.

Military-connected Youth can receive a letter of recognition from Gov. Mark Dayton website will be live from April 1-30 at

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

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

Please check our Facebook page for periodic updates @

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





Thank you for your ongoing support!

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


Roger Jensen Passes Away


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

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

Jim Heimerl

(651) 261-3111


Hamel VFW Dance — Fabulous Del Counts


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

Hamel March 4.pdf


Teen Resiliency workshop

Teen Resiliency:

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


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

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

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



MACMH 2017
Winter Training Series

teen-2Now – March 2, 2017

Mounds View * Andover * Minneapolis

Don’t miss our group discount!

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



Meditating girlThe Power and Promise in the Use of Guided Imagery

February 17 | Minneapolis, MN

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

Learn More | Register



Teen Resiliency: An Integrative Skills-Based Model

February 24 | Mounds View, MN

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

Learn More | Register


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

March 2 | Andover, MN

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

Learn More| Register


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

March 6 | St. Paul, MN

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

Learn More | Register


Did you know?

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

Thank you for making this possible!


Family Zoo Overnight


Monk seal

Who: MN Army National Guard Families with Children ages 5-18. We have enough space for up to families of 5. Other families will be put on a wait list.

What: Family Zoo Overnight

When: March 31-April 1, 2017 6:30 p.m.-9:00 a.m.

Where: MN Zoo, Discovery Bay, Apple Valley, MN

How: Register: ( Fee: Kid are no cost. Adults need to pay $47

About: Families will enjoy learning about the new Hawaiian monk seals and sleep next to the watery world of sharks in Discovery Bay. All overnights include behind the scenes tours, a light snack, light breakfast, an Animals After Dark t-shirt, and admission to the zoo the next day.

2017-March FOVN.pdf

POC: Laura Groeneweg
MN National Guard
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8695; M: 651.242.6938Email


Free Tax Services from Military OneSource

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


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

Tax preparation and filing software

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

Specialized phone support

Get Free Tax Software

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

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

In-person tax assistance

Talk to a Tax Consultant

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

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

Helpful articles and online resources

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

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

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)


College Grants and Scholarship Availability

See the PDF below that best fits your needs.

See the PDF below that best fits your needs.

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

List of Grants and Scholarship opportunities.pdf

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Home Depot and Lowe’s Offer Military Discounts

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

What: Home Depot/Lowe’s Military Discounts

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

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

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

lowes_logo_pms_280**Lowe’s Military/Veteran Discount Policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Veteran’s Business Exploration seminar


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

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

The date is March 11, 2017

The place is the VA Medical Center

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

Breakfast is provided

Veteran’s and their spouses are welcome

Thanks again.

Vets-March 11th-Work shops va.PDF



Operation Valentine


WHO: Military service members and their families
WHAT: Operation Valentine
WHEN: Saturday February 19, 2017
WHERE: Best Western Chelsea Inn and Suites, 89 Chelsea Rd., Monticello, MN 55362 From 3:00-7:00PM
WHY: Join the 11th Annual Celebration of Operation Valentine at Best Western Chelsea Inn and Suites
HOW: Please RSVP by calling Best Western at (763)-271-8880, by February 13, 2017.

Please see the attached flier for detail information about discounts and other interesting offers that are available.

Operation Valentine 2017 invite.pdf

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Hamel VFW 2017 Newsletter

vfwSince 1899, the VFW has been the nation’s leading veterans service organization in the fight to better the lives of all those who’ve worn the uniform of the United States military.


PBYR values the continuing partnership with the VFW



Military One Source Free tax consultations and electronic filing


Military One Source Free tax consultations and electronic filing

What : Free tax consultations and electronic filing for eligible service and family members
Also Specialized Support, helpful articles, and financial counseling available.

How: Call 1-800-342-9647 or go to
Please see the PDF below for complete information.

mos tax service 2017.pdf



Complimentary Ice Fishing Program For Kids and Vets!!


WHO: Kids and Military Veterans

WHAT: Free Ice Fishing Events!

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

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

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

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

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

BFF Flyer.pdf







Child Youth and School Support Position Vacancy – Cottage Grove

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

JOB TITLE: Child and Youth Program Coordinator (CYPC)

EMPLOYER: Cognitive Professional Services

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



APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit resume via email

Point of contact for this position is: Ms Mary Orr at or 703-562-0553

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


 Maple Grove BTYR Steak Fry – February 26


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

What: Steak Fry Fundraiser

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

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

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



History Theatre Special discount tickets for Military Members and their Families


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

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

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

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

When: February 14-February 23, 2017

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

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


Free Drop-In Clinic in Minneapolis and Anoka


Below please find the information for upcoming Veteran Drop-in Legal Clinics in the Metro area:

What: MAC V Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 9am  until 2pm

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

2017-02-07macv free legal clinic for veterans minneapolis.pdf


What: MAC V Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

When: March 2, 2017 from 9am until 3pm

Where: Anoka County Government Center 2100 3rd Avenue – Room 237, Anoka, MN 55303

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


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


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

When: April 22-23, 2017

Where: locations TBD

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

Information: MN DNR Registration is open!!


FAC Position Open in Rosemount

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

Specialist position advertisement-Rosemount MN.pdf


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


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

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

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

How: Walk in Questions? or call 952-935-5599


Veteran Job Fair – January 25

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



Bowling Day Fundraiser for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities


Who: All

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

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

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

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

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

bowling fund raiser.pdf


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


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

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


Let’s Work Together

Jeff Grates

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

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

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

God Bless,

Jim Heimerl – Heinzen-Ditter Commander


Build Your Dreams 5-Day Self Employment Workshop

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

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

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

How: Space is limited to the first 30 registrants, so register now at:
or call (651) 632-8937


No cost to veterans



Hiring Corrections Officers

career opportunity

WHO: All Military, Veteran, families and the community

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


To stay connected on the latest and greatest events and resources for Service members, visit our Facebook page at and sign up for the e-postcard today!


Holes 4 Heroes – Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN


WHO: All Branches Currently serving and Veterans

WHAT: Ice Fishing Event

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 4, 2017

WHERE: H4H, West Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN


POC: General Inquires, or (612) 987-5466

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


Holes 4 Heroes – White Bear Lake


WHO: All Branches Currently serving and Veterans

WHAT: Ice Fishing Event

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

WHERE: H4H, East White Bear Lake in MN


POC: General Inquires, or (612) 987-5466

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


Sending holiday cheer to soldiers overseas

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

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

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



Military OneSource Tax Services are Free


A reminder to all eligible service members that Military OneSource’s tax link for free tax services will be available starting: January 16th 2017. At this time service members can login if they already have a login, call our tax consultants and start the filing process (ensure they have all there W2’s). If service members do not ave a login it is very easy to do (takes about 5 mins) to create one. This is a great resource for service members to take advantage of!

****Remember service members can file 1 federal and up to 3 state returns.

For more information visit .



Minnesota Wild 5th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night

Minnesota_WildThe Minnesota Wild 5th annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon awareness night will be held Sunday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices start at:
$53 per Upper Level
$69 per Lower Level – (Standing Rail Only)
$89 per Lower Level
$109 per Club Level

Offer Includes:

* Ticket to see Wild take on Predators
* Commemorative T-Shirt
* Camouflage Drawstring Bag
* Pre-game on-ice photo at 4:15 p.m.
* Pre-game party in Michelob Golden Light Fan Zone Starting at 4:30 p.m.
* First 500 tickets purchased receive a Minnesota Wild Challenge Coin

All tickets purchased are entered into a drawing for autographed pucks, player cards (winners will be notified at their seats during the game), a drawing for Zamboni Rides and to sit on the bench during pre-game warm-ups (winners will be notified two days before the game.)

PURCHASE TICKETS : Beyond the Yellow Ribbon night

pbyrlogomodThe MN Wild will be proclaimed our 54th Yellow Ribbon Company on this evening as well! A portion of each ticket purchased goes directly back to the St Paul Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Limited number of tickets are available in each price point and are on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets and support BTYR, simply use the link above Be sure to share after you purchase for your chance at an autographed hockey stick! The more you share, the more chances you have.

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


Medtronic Career Awareness Day

career opportunity

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

Please RSVP your attendance for the event before the event and send your questions to  Please see the PDF below for additional information.

Medtronic career day.pdf


Community Service Night at Greenwood Elementary School, Plymouth, MN


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



Twin Cities Honor Flight – May 6


I just received the confirmed date for the next Twin Cities Honor Flight. Honor flights help World War II Veterans and now Korean War Veterans have a day in Washington D.C. at no cost. Help welcome them home when they arrive back in MN. If you know of any World War II Veterans that have not been on a flight, please encourage them to apply at: We are trying to find them all!

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

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017. Arrive at Terminal 2 Baggage Area by 10PM. Flight typically arrives about 10:20-10:30PM.

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


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


Who: All Service members, Their Families, and Veterans

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

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

When: Now through Christmas

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor

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


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

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

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

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




Discount ticket offer for World’s Toughest Rodeo


WHO: Military, Veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Communities

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

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

WHERE: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

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

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



Wild Turkey Hunt for Military Families and Youth


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

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

WHEN: April 16th-17th, 2017

WHERE: Multiple locations across Minnesota, TBD

HOW: Register at this website,
For more information check out Wear warm weather gear (i.e. boots, gloves, jacket, etc.) Hunting supplies will be provided, however please bring a hunting gun if you have one.

POC: Moriah Legvold 651-268-8378




Openings for RSP Contractor Positions – Bloomington and Rosemount

Job Opening

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

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

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

MN RSP Contract Supervisor
Office: 651-268-8130

rsp general clerk in Bloomington MN

rsp general clerk in Rosemount MN


2016 Suits for Soldiers – Suit Giveaway


2016 Suits for Soldiers – Suit Giveaway

WHO: Veterans
WHAT: Giveaway of gently used and dry-cleaned suits and professional attire for men and women
WHEN: Wednesday November 30, 3016 – 12:00 PM to 4:00PM
WHERE: Farmers Insurance 6625 West 78th Street Bloomington, MN 55439
WHY: To support our veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life
HOW: Go to the address above, browse and try on a gently used and dry-cleaned suit, and take it home.
POC: 952-229-5116

sfs event invite.pdf


Free drop-in legal clinic for veterans

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



A day on the ice for Military youth


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

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

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

RESGISTRATION: First come first serve through for 75-100 youth. Registration is open and will close when full. Parent participation is encouraged.

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




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

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


Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services position available

New Career Map

A position is available through the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities for a Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services. More information can also be found on their website: . Please see the PDF below for additional information.
What: Position opening for Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services

Appointment: Full-time Tenure Track/Probationary

Where: St Paul Campus

When: Now through application deadline of November 28, 2016

How: To apply, go to


Contact: Carla Ballard
Human Resources


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

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

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

How: Registration is required, register online at:

Please see attached PDF for more information on this training.




Veterans Day celebration on Saturday, November 12th

PBYR flag-salute-silhouette

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

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

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


Come and salute our hometown Veterans!


Minnesota Military and Veterans Career Fair and Networking Event

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

military and veterans career fair and networking event.pdf


The Plymouth Concert Band presents “Salute to Veterans”


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

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

Free Admission

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

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

Plymouth band concert.pdf

Regional Spotlight: Plymouth Concert Band


Military OneSource offers Financial Educational Opportunities on MyTraining Hub


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

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

Finance – 01 Consumer Credit

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

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


Finance – 02 Developing Your Spending Plan

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

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


Finance – 03 Investing for Your Future

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

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


Finance – 04 Car Buying Strategies

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

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


Finance – 05 Money and the Move

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

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

Questions please let me know.

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • 1-800-342-9647


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


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



Hamel VFW Halloween Party


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

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

There is no cover charge.


Veteran Service Officer position available- Wright County


Subject: Veteran Service Officer position available- Wright County

What: Wright County Service Officer Position available

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

How: Applications may be filed on-line at:

for Location:
10 2nd Street NW, Room 235
Buffalo, MN 55313

Please see PDF below for further job description.



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


Did you know that October is:

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

• Military OneSource Employee Assistance Program (EAP or Login) website to order (at no cost) the Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain book:

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

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

If you would like to carve your own military themed pumpkin, check out the templates found here:

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

Protect Your Credit – The Military Lending Act takes effect TODAY; to learn more visit:

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

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

  • Michael J. Meier
  • Minnesota Military OneSource Consultant
  • Contractor
  • (612) 751-4290 (cell)
  • 1-800-342-9647


PBYR participates in Plymouth on Parade 2016

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

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

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





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

career opportunity

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

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

Where: 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430

How: Register at

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

minneapolis expo flyer 1016 pdf



The Medal of Honor Convention at US Bank  Stadium

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

What: The Medal of Honor Convention

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

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

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

To register:

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

Please see attached PDF for further information:



PBYR Participated in the MN State Fair!

Yellow Ribbon State Fair Volunteers,

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

Attached are a few photos and more are posted at:

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




CELL 612.598.9252



Power of One Fun Run September 11


Power of One Fun Run September 11, 2016

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

What: Power of One 5k Fun Run

Where: Ben Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills

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

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

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

For Questions call 651-282-4232

Power of One Fun Run


Sesame Street Project – Recruiting Military Families

PBYR - Sesame Street

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

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

Sesame Street Project Recruitment Flyer

Sesame Project Invitation Letter

Eligible participants include families:

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

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

Interested participants can get more information and sign up for the study by visiting:

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

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


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

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health


Jill Bowers, PhD, CFLE

Project Coordinator

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health


PBYR Successfully Assisted Veteran with Severe Health Issues

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

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

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


PBYR - Home Depot logo

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

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

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

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

Have a beautiful day!!



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

H&R Block logoH&R Block, is offering scholarships for military spouses and Wounded Warriors to take the free income tax course. Registration is July through September, and classes beginning in September. Use coupon code C5A2B7. Please see the PDF’s below and for more information follow the link below or call the number: or call 1-800-HRBLOCK (800-472-5625)

HRBlock Scholarship Flyer

HRBlock Information


Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

Who: Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD)

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

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

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

Please find registration form in the PDF listed below.

Questions? Please call 507-961-1177



Plymouth Holiday Station Supports PBYR

Plymouth Station Holiday

PBYR raised $501.00 at the Plymouth Station “funraiser” barbeque on July 5 , 2016. We dodged all the storms and rain in the area well!

** Kudos to Sylvia, Allan, Chelsea and Liz for all the help at this event!!

PBYR greatly appreciates the partnering with Plymouth Holiday Station the past 4 years!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!


Outreach, Education and Fundraising at Cub

PBYR CUB Foods on Vicksburg

On July 1, 2016 PBYR engaged in outreach, education and fundraising at Cub Foods on Vicksburg.

**Kudos to Rodney Walker and Kersten Beckstrom for their help in this project!! Rodney’s many years in the Navy was a plus as was Kersten’s manner and patience with folks.

We received approximately $93 in donations and more people have been informed about how PBYR may help service members, veterans and their families! We appreciate Cub’s support!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!


Plymouth Lions Supports PBYR with a $4,000 Donation/Grant

Plymouth Lions logo

In June 2016, the Plymouth Lions continued their longstanding Support and Partnership with PBYR with a generous donation of $4,000.00. This money will assist service members, veterans and their families. This marks the fourth year in a row that the Plymouth Lions have financially supported PBYR.

** PBYR is very proud and appreciative of the Plymouth Lion’s continued support and trust!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!


Wright County Disabled Veterans Duck Hunt

PBYR vet hunt

Wright County Parks is working with a number of partners to provide the 2016 Disabled Veterans Duck Hunt at Robert Ney Regional Park on October 8, 2016. The Veterans Duck Hunt originated 5 years ago with collaboration from Wright County Parks and Pheasants Forever. As the event planning started 4 Points Retriever Club, Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club, North American Hunting Retriever Association, Wright Count Veterans Services, and Capable Partners all joined in and have been mainstays of the event. These organizations time and efforts on this event have been rewarded by providing eight (8) individuals the opportunity each year to hunt on land that is otherwise unavailable to the public. We are proud to offer this event to people that have given a part of themselves to this country. Anyone interested in participating in this event must submit an application to Wright County Veterans Services. The application deadline is August 29, 2016. After that day the eight (8) participants will be selected through random lottery. The selected individuals will be notified by September 5, 2016 by 5 p.m. If you were not selected you will not be contacted.

For any questions please contact Debbie Ernst with Wright County Veterans Services.

You can apply online at or see flyer and application below.

Wright County PBYR Veterans Waterfowl Hunt Flyer and Application


Minneapolis Legal Clinic for Veterans – July 12


This is a GREAT legal resource for any veteran to utilize, they DO NOT need to be homeless. Make sure you have connected with the MAC-V point of contact in your region to find one near you but thought I would send the metro one coming up.

2016 Metro MAC-V Flyer


Free and Discounted Chiropractic Services Via The Patriot Project

Please see the attached flyer on the Patriot Project that I offer in my Plymouth office (ChiroCenter chiropractic) for free chiropractic care for veterans. I have only had a few veterans take advantage of this so far, so I would love to be able to use my talents to help more vets and their families in the Plymouth area. Please see the attached a flyer for more info.

Patriot Project flyer 2016

Call Dr. Jesse Ploessl, D.C. @ 763-559-9236 for more information


Chaplain’s expression of appreciation

Chaplain Cory Germain, received the Caribou Coffee that was sent by Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. He writes,

Dear Gary and all the members of Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon,

Thank you so much for your recent care packages stuffed with Caribou Reindeer Blend coffee. That particular variety has become a favorite of mine, and I’m sure many of our battalion soldiers. As I’m sure you know, soldiers love their coffee, and having some of the home state’s finest makes it even better! We’ve also spread the cheer among our subordinate companies, particularly from South Dakota, Ohio and Utah. Believe it or not, there is a Caribou location in the main concourse at Kuwait City International Airport—although most of our troops will never get to see it.

We ‘re doing well here at Camp_____. Temps are into the low 80s already, but all too soon we’ll be suffering with the 100-110 degree days this area is famous for. I’m definitely trying to look beyond those to our return to MN. Blessings to you and yours, and thanks for your support. Chaplain Cory Germain, 682nd Engineer Battalion, MN NG

caribou coffee logo


NAMI Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st

My name is Kara Bennett and I am a Community Educator for NAMI Minnesota. We are just one month away from our Kidshop program in Forest Lake! Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity.

Kidshop is a four-hour Saturday workshop for kids ages 7-17 whose parent or sibling lives with a mental illness. Kidshop provides a safe setting where kids can join in fun activities, share concerns, get support, and learn that they are not alone. We will be holding a Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st from 10:00am – 2:00pm and we ask that you register by May 16. Visit our website for more information and to register.

NAMI Kidshop.pdf

This workshop is free but registration is required. For more information, call me at 651-645-2948 x114.

Please pass this information along to any families you know who might benefit from the opportunity. Thank you for your time, effort, and support!

Kara Bennett
Community Educator

PBYR - nami Logo


PBYR receives 5 year recognition award

PBYR-Mayor Slavik BTYR

Mayor Slavik proudly displays the 5 Year appreciation award received from General Nash and the BYR program. This award will be placed in a glass case at Plymouth City Hall.

On April 15, 2016, PBYR received a 5 year recognition award from BYR at the annual joining forces workshop . This award was presented by General Nash, MN National Guard.

My appreciation to Jennifer Rodgers as she also attended the “Joining Forces” program and all the PBYR members that have assisted PBYR over the years. We need continued efforts and more efforts!!

I wish more PBYR members/supporters would attend the ”Joining Forces” yearly program as it helps explain how other cities and counties are joining forces to assist the 1% of US citizens that serve or have served in the armed forces that protect us. General Nash highlighted in this speech that the US is likely more exposed and at risk than before the attack on the World Trade Center. The BYR network is important. Every bit of effort strengthens us by supporting the folks that protect us. BYR now has 219 MN cities participating in the program.

The BYR program will be expanded to 6 more states. Since BYR has been in operation, MN has moved from the state with the highest military suicide rate to the 4th highest state. MN is still unfortunately on a top 10 list that no one desires regarding suicides! As a result of this challenge – PBYR along with other BYR cities needs to provide continued and focused assistance to help significantly improve these statistics. The MN National Guard has made appropriate efforts and we also need to do our part. The correct target for military suicides is 0 events!

The take-away for me from the workshop is that PBYR is properly participating in the BYR program. Please look at our website: especially the resource page so that if you meet a veteran or service member that needs assistance you can give him/her some resources as a start. We can also activate the network to locate additional resources as needed. Currently, PBYR is in process of assisting an elderly couple (more assistance will be requested as their timeline of a move is developed) and PBYR is paying for some engraving at the Plymouth Memorial for a soldier that was killed in action.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR plans to increase recruiting efforts for both the PBYR board and general membership. Currently PBYR needs additional volunteers to help design fund-raising materials, invite speakers to a meeting, manage a request for service, attend fund-raising/outreach efforts and related. Please let me know your availability or special interests. PBYR is currently focusing on expanding outreach to area BYR cities to partner more, e.g., housing, cars, fundraising and related. The trend is that more cities will likely be partnering on projects and resource identification. A meeting with Anoka BYR is scheduled and several BYR others will be scheduled. Jennifer’s efforts in this area is appreciated. Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, PBYR President


Military Youth Fishing Clinic

fishing clinicChaska Fishing with Friends and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska is hosting a youth fishing clinic on 4 June 2016 – they have 50 spots with 25 reserved for military youth – we are opening the event to surrounding networks – if you have military service members that have children please let them know please let them know – that has been very successful for the last years and offers a wonderful opportunity to promote fishing to the next generation – the attached flyer is has the contact and reservation information – contact the Chaska Community Center with individual questions.

Fishing with Friends 2016 Flyer

Mark Muhlenkort


Career Opportunity for Veterans

career opportunityI am currently looking to immediately hire a Military Veteran for a Records Management role with a large financial services firm in Plymouth, MN. If there are any veterans in your veteran network network who may be interested in such a role they can contact me at

Compensation: $15.00 per hour with a Benefit Package

Position Summary

  • Responsible for all records management and documentation aspects for central records operations. Assists with receiving and inventory management for Warehouse operations. Provides back-up support to Warehouse pick-up and delivery operations.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Support and maintain an electronic document control and records management database system for all Minnesota banking operations. Participate in implementing/maintaining procedures for security, tracking, classification guidelines, storage, retrieval, and destruction of Record Storage boxes.
  • Provide training and assistance for record box submission preparation, retrieval requests and other customer needs. Handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information. Work involves strong attention to detail, and the ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively. In addition, this position requires strong customer service skills and the ability to exceed customer expectations.
  • Handle all required reports necessary to keep accurate and up-to-date warehouse records.
  • Give or obtain signed receipts for deliveries or pickups. Maintain daily activities. Assist in maintaining current inventory records at all times. Participate in all quarterly inventories and is accurate and accountable for all duties assigned.
  • Assist in unloading trucks bearing incoming shipments. Maintain good housekeeping practices in the receiving, shipping and warehouse area, to facilitate ready access to stored items and provide a clean work environment.
  • Perform other projects and initiatives, as required, in order to enhance the effectiveness of the operations team and contribute to continuing improvement of overall company performance.
  • On occasion, this position may also include helping the furniture side of the warehouse or being on the truck making deliveries or pickups.
  • May provide work direction, training and guidance for warehouse staff in the absence of the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 2+ years business related experience
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to coordinate projects, assessing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong PC skills
  • Solid customer service skills.


  • Associate’s degree in business or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Previous records management experience.
  • Previous experience in an office/warehouse environment.
  • Knowledge of driving a 16 foot box truck with a manual transmission is optional, but highly regarded


April celebrates month of the Military Child

PBYR - month of military child-384x0As you may or may not know, April celebrates Month of the Military Child. Our partners in Family Programs sell shirts to help raise awareness and commemorate these great kids! If you are interested in placing an order for a shirt, you can find all the information you need in the PDF below and the order form attached!

What: Get your EXCLUSIVE 2016 Month of the Military Child shirts today!

Why: To raise awareness and recognize the sacrifices military connected kids make. PLUS–This year’s Raglan-Unisex design is sure to be a hit.

Who: Everyone can show support!

When: ORDER ASAP–NLT 01 MAR 2016!! April is the Month of the Military Child and April 15 is Purple Up! Day

How: The flyer has the t-shirt design and ordering details. The cost includes direct shipping!

PBYR 2016 MOMC T-shirt

POC: Laura Groeneweg

Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator MN National Guard – Contractor
(o) 651.268.8695 (c) 651.242.6938


Here a BYR logo, there a BYR logo, everywhere a BYR logo….


In January, 2016 PBYR agents note increasing display of the BYR logo–be sharp!!


Wells Fargo Supports Veterans With $2 Million to Scholarship America

PBYR - wells fargo logoWells Fargo & Company has committed $2 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program and the Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program. The needs-based scholarships and grants will help veterans and spouses of disabled veterans obtain education or training necessary to successfully integrate back into civilian life.

PBYR - scholarship america_logoScholarship America, the nation’s largest provider of post-secondary educational assistance programs, and Wells Fargo worked together on the application and selection process for the scholarship and emergency grants, using best practices of the highest quality post-secondary educational aid programs.

For additional information on the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program you can visit .

.For additional information on the Wells Fargo Emergency Grant Program you can visit .


Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair – February 9, 2016

PBYR - Career Fair

Current military personnel, veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Attendees should come with their résumés in hand, and be prepared to network or even interview on the spot.

No registration is necessary; however, registering for the event allows job seekers to upload their résumés to be viewed by employers ahead of time. All registered veterans and military spouses are also eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend that evening’s game between the Wild and the Dallas Stars

WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair

WHERE: Xcel Energy Center
199 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 9:30am to 2:00pm
employment workshop – 9:30 to 11 a.m.
hiring fair – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHY: Will feature more than 75 prospective employers seeking to hire veterans and their spouses.


Hiring Our Heroes



Give Kids a Smile – Free Dental care event

If you or someone you know has kids in need of free dental care, mark your calendar for February 5th and 6th, 2016 for this year’s Give Kids a Smile event. This charitable event grants up to 5,000 children free dental care at over 150 dental offices and clinics across the state.

Patients need to be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To make an appointment, check out the list of participating clinics, then call the clinic to make an appointment (note that hours vary by location). You can also make an appointment by calling United Way at 2.1.1 (or 1.800.543.7709) to get assistance in Hmong, Somali and Spanish.

Good news for those of you not in the Twin Cities: there are participating clinics throughout the state – Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, Moorhead, and lots more!

Here is a link for the Give Kids a Smile event :


Caribou Coffee, Arden Hills FAC & PBYR Successfully Partnered on “Operation Coffee”!

On January 6, 2016 PBYR expresses great appreciation to Mitch Carter, Manager of Caribou for donating coffee from several stores to be used for a deployed MN unit and returning soldiers. PBYR will cover shipping & transport costs. Special thanks for Clinton Asche for offering help and a vehicle!! Also, special thanks to Caribou (several branches & their customers participated to make this possible). Also, special thanks to the military recruiters from Brooklyn Center that assisted in the pick-up & transport.

caribou coffee logoThe coffee is stored at the Arden Hills FAC which is in the Readiness Center. This coffee will be packaged & shipped to a deployed MN unit in the near future. PBYR has allocated $300 for shipping/transport. Some coffee will be used for returning soldiers. Also, a small amount of coffee was distributed today to the recruiters that assisted in the pick-up & transport . This coffee really smelled good and I think the troops will appreciate the coffee and the efforts of all that made it possible!!


Operation Freedom on Ice – February 20, 2016

ice fishWe invite all Veterans, Active Duty Military & Their Families to enjoy a day of ice fishing and the Great Outdoors at Cross Lake in Pine City, MN. We are thankful for their service & protecting our freedom. All equipment and fish houses will be provided.Sponsored by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Pine City, MN. For more info see the PDF below.

Pre-registration is required.
To Pre-register call Christine David: 651-485-1464 or email:

PBYR – 2016FreedomonIceFinal


Minneapolis Legal Clinic for Veterans

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is hosting a free legal clinic for veterans on January 12th at the Minneapolis VA from 9AM to 2PM. Please see the PDF below for additional information.

Please distribute this information to veterans who may need civil or family legal assistance.

For more information, please contact Sara Sommarstrom (651) 224-0292.

MACV January 2016.pdf


Operation Purple Programs in 2016


The National Military Family Association and Teton Science Schools are proud to offer service members and their families an opportunity to reconnect and explore Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, free of charge.

Since 2010, Teton Science Schools has been providing transformative experience for military families and military kids. Teton Science Schools has hosted 12 Operation Purple Family Retreats, enabling military families to spend treasured time in nature reconnecting after deployment.

Teton Science Schools will be offering 3 Operation Purple programs in 2016:

Winter Family Retreat March 11th-15th – application open now!

Summer Family Retreat June 27th-July 1st – application open March 2016

Operation Purple Kids Camp July 25th-29th – open to military youth ages 12-17

Families will stay and eat at the Jackson Campus of the Teton Science Schools and spend their days exploring Grand Teton National Park with professional environmental educators. Operation Purple Family Retreats are open to active military families who have recently had their service member return from a deployment within the last 15 months. Transportation to the Operation Purple Family Retreat is the responsibility of the selected family. The National Military Family Association provides each attending family with a $200.00 stipend to assist with travel costs.

To apply to the Winter Retreat, please visit

The application for the Summer Family Retreat and Operation Purple Kids Camp will open in March.
For more information, please contact
Katie Hoskinson
Simmone Quesnell,
Operation Purple Program Manager
Western Region

Happy Holidays!

Teton Science Schools & National Military Family Association


Free Thanksgiving Food Baskets

PBYR - Thanksgiving food baskets

I have Thanksgiving baskets for Military families at my office ready to distribute! Open to ALL military families, and larger families may be open to more than one basket. You do not have to be lower-income or “in need” just to get a basket, they are open to everyone!

Please stop by my office and grab a basket!! I also have some Holiday toys and hats and gloves ready for distribution as well. Please plan to bring your own bags for the toys.

Thank you!

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
5500 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Military Children’s Christmas Party at the Apple Valley American Legion

PBYR - Patriotic SantaWHAT: Military Children’s Christmas Party at the Apple Valley American Legion

WHEN: Sunday, December 13th, 1-4 pm

WHERE: Apple Valley American Legion 14521 Granada Drive Apple Valley MN

WHY: Games, crafts, beverages, photos, and a visit from Santa! A gift for every child! Christmas party suitable for children up to 12 years of age.

HOW: R.S.V.P. by December 1st to Tami Riha at or by printing and mailing the attached PDF to:

Apple Valley American Legion
14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Kids Party .pdf

Heinzen-Ditter VFW to host breakfast Saturday November 14

PBYR - BreakfastHeinzen-Ditter VFW, 19020 Hamel Rd, Plymouth, MN 55446 will host a breakfast and Veteran’s program this Saturday (November 14, 2015) starting at 8 am.

For additional information please see their website:


FREE Clothing for Veterans – Pathways Career Closett

Free Interview Clothing for Unemployed and/or Disabled Veterans & and Active Duty, Reservists and Guard Families.

Pathways Career Closet is a vocational training site for students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District #11. Local unemployed and/or disabled Veterans and Active Duty, Reservists and Guard families may choose a FREE set of career clothing for upcoming interviews or events.

Career Closet is committed to helping the men and women who served our country. We provide interview appropriate attire to unemployed or disabled Veterans as well as Active Duty, Reservists and Guard Families free of charge. All Veterans are invited to visit us on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 8:15 – 10:15. We will have a student shopper available to assist you with selecting the perfect clothes for your next interview.

We have students eager to provide you with excellent customer service. Shopping is by appointment only. We gratefully accept donations.

Pathways Career Closet

Pathways Coon Rapids Family Mall
11238 Crooked Lake Blvd Door B


FREE Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar November 14th.

Take advantage of this opportunity to attend a FREE Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar in St. Paul on November 14th.

Family members and personnel working with military and family members do not always know how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans focuses on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veteran, and family population.

This class will help participants identify, understand, and respond to mental illnesses and substance use disorders while keeping the unique military context in mind.

Presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Participants receive a course manual and certificate. Registration is required. Please see the PDF flyer below.

St Paul Veterans 11-14.pdf


Veterans Day Event at “The Waterford”

image001Please see attached for a Veteran’s Event open to everyone in Brooklyn Park at the Waterford Independent and Assisted Senior living facility on Veterans Day November 11. Please see the flyer below and don’t forget to RSVP by November 10..

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Last chance for The Twenty-Seventh Man

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Gabriel Murphy and Skyler Nowinski; Photo by Sarah Whiting

Gabriel Murphy and Skyler Nowinski; Photo by Sarah Whiting

“To breathe country air, to dream in Yiddish and write in the same…I never wanted for more.” Pinchas Pelovits in The Twenty-Seventh Man

The Twenty-Seventh Man closes Sunday, November 8th. Get your tickets today!

“a compelling show…grappling with questions of life and death, the price of betrayal and what it means to be a writer”

Read more about the show in the Pioneer Press.

Now Playing through November 8th
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. $20
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $22
Saturday at 8 p.m. $32
Sunday at 1 p.m. $25

For Tickets call 651-647-4315 or

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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 16155 St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 647-4315


Veterans Day 5k – Sunday, November 8th

For anyone interested in attending a Veteran’s 5k run before Veteran’s Day! For additional information and registration, please see the PDF below. An Americana Heritage Series event presented by Charities Challenge.

Veterans Day 5k.pdf


United Way of Central Minnesota 2015 Holiday Program List

United Way of Central MinnesotaFor those seeking holiday food and toy help around where you live, please see the attached list. Compiled by United Way of Central Minnesota and includes: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties.

2015 Holiday Program List


VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. From August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,000 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA electronic health record (EHR).  The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. Last year’s national pilot program ensured that many Veterans got their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.


Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


PBYR - Vance Harris, Gary Goldetsky and a Plymouth family at the PBYR booth at the Fire Department's open house on Oct 10, 2015x

     Vance Harris, Gary Goldetsky and a Plymouth family at the PBYR booth at the Fire Department’s open house on October 10, 2015


PBYR Fun Raising Barbeque at Plymouth Holiday in July 2015

Fund Raising Barbeque at Plymouth Holiday in July 2015


Dreams of the Fallen

What: Survival, Hope and Healing. Join us on the soldier’s journey from survival to hope and healing through Samuel Barber’s    beautiful Adagio for Strings, Ralph Vaughan     Williams’s mystical Toward the Unknown Region,     and Jake Runestad’s poignant Dreams of the     Fallen.

WHERE: The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University –  Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra – 2004 Randolph     Avenue in  Saint Paul.


**** In honor of their service to our Country, VocalEssence is pleased to offer free tickets for Dreams of the Fallen to current and former U.S. Military Service members and their families. Use code MILITARY at check out.

Dreams of the Fallen Poster-MILITARY-FREE

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


RECRUIT MILITARY Minneapolis All Veterans Job Fair

WHEN: October 15, 2015 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

WHERE: The Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN55430



Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


October 13th FREE service provider Professional Development

The Military Family Learning Network (MFLN) Personal Finance and Family Transitions have teamed up to provide a 90 minute online Professional Development. (Click on the images below to make them larger).

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Anita M. Harris Hering

Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor

University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development

Regional Office, St. Cloud

Midtown Office Complex

3400 First Street North, Suite 400

St. Cloud, MN  56303-4000

Office:   320-203-6050              Email:

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

Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:


2015/2016 Find The “BOOTS” FOR YOU!  Military and Teen Retreats

We are excited and ready to go for our upcoming year of events! We know have events for kids of all ages 3-18.  Check out the attached events flyer PDF for all the information you need to know.

Please note, these events are open to first priority MN Army National Guard.  If you are not affiliated with the MN Army National Guard we will put you on a waitlist for the event and notify you if a spot opens up.  No guarantees!

2016 Youth Programs Events Schedule

Let me know if you have any questions.

Very Respectfully,

Moriah Legvold
MN National Guard
Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8378
M: 651.242.6910


Tween Overnight-Lake Superior Zoo Duluth, MN

Who: MN National Guard Tweens (Ages 9-12)

Where: Lake Superior Zoo Duluth, MN – (Other locations available too, check out the attached PDF flyer below)

When: November 20th 7:00 p.m.-November 21st 9:00 a.m.

What: Drop your Tweens off at the zoo for an evening adventure with the animals! Kids will enjoy a pizza party, resilience themed activities, animal encounters, zoo night hike, and end the evening with a movie and snack. Event is open for 9-12 year old MN National Guard Tweens.

Cost: FREE !!

Tween Overnights (3) Flyer

Moriah Legvold
MN National Guard
Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8378
M: 651.242.6910


Minnesota Wild Military Appreciation Night on November 10 versus Winnipeg at 7PM

Minnesota_WildTickets are first come first serve starting with Lower Level Corners for $55.  This is our big night where we will honor military during the intermissions and throughout the entire game.  This game sells out fast every year.

To access the offer the same link below you sent out will work and they will need a .mil or .gov etc. email.  If they do not have them call me to get their DD214, VA Card, etc. for their tickets.

As an added perk, the first 50 people that purchase tickets will be entered into a drawing to sit on the bench during warm-ups or ride the Zamboni.

Promo Code: Thanks

Thanks for all you do!!!


Lindsay Weier |Account Executive, New Business Development Minnesota Wild Hockey Club | 317 Washington Street | Saint Paul, MN 55102
T: 651-312-3495
E:>  Referrals are rewarded!



TUESDAY, September 22, 2015  –  8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
7225 Northland Drive Suite 100, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

MNWFCHN-Healthcare On-Site Hiring Event 9-22

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157

~ Available Again!

Effective August 1, 2015, traditional drilling/part-time National Guard and Reserve service members and their dependents are again eligible to use the for U.S. Military Families program at no cost through continued funding by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

If you are a first-time student, you may create an account by going to  , clicking the blue button that corresponds to your family’s branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps), confirming your eligibility and following the account setup instructions.

POC: If you have any questions, please email

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


I hope everyone has enjoyed the lasted few weeks of summer. I have attached the two flyers for the events that the MNNG will be hosting during Suicide Awareness Month in September. The two Power of One Fun Runs and the Theater of War presentation are all events that are open to the members in the YRN and all community members. These events are completely FREE to all.  Registration is located on EventBrite for both the runs and the Theater of War presentation.

I ask that you please disseminate the information on these events to the members in your YRN and throughout your community.  If there are any questions please let me know.

Enjoy the rest of your week and your labor day weekend. I look forward to seeing all that can attend one of the runs next weekend.


MNCast Community Flyer

SFC Jen Chaffee
Cottage Grove, MN
Office: 651-282-4232
24/7 Suicide Talk 1-800-273-8255


TPC Twin Cities is hosting 3rd annual BeBrave 5K & 5K Kiddie Dash

TPC Twin Cities is hosting our 3rd Annual BeBrave 5K & .5K Kiddie Dash on October 10th, 2015 benefiting 11 Military Homefront Charity Groups including:

Homes for Our Troops
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
United Through Reading
Green Beret Foundation
Navy SEAL Foundation
Operation Shower
Disabled Sports USA
Military Warriors Support Foundation

Operation Homefront
K9’s for Warriors
Fehrety’s Troops First Foundation

We are looking for assistance in spreading the word throughout the local community and Military Community.  
Attached is the flyer if you could help distribute, put in a newsletter or send out email via your contacts. We would be grateful.  

BeBrave 5K Flyer

BeBrave 5K Sponsorship 2015

Thank you and we hope to see you on the 10th!

Registration link below:

Victoria Mathisen
TPC Twin Cities I   PGATOUR
11444 Tournament Players Parkway . Blaine . MN. 55449
tel763.795.0807 fax  763.795.0840

Home of the 3M Championship



Family Zoo Adventures

Looking for something to do with your children? How about checking out the bears and the sharks at the Minnesota Zoo? Visits to the “behind-the-scenes” areas with zookeepers and trainers will make your visit one you will never forget. For more info check out the PDF below.

Family Zoo Adventure Flyers


On July 9, 2015 the Sun Sailor published an article about the wonderful work that the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon performs. You can view the article here.


**On July 7, 2015 PBYR completed  our 3rd “FunRaiser” at the Plymouth Holiday Station at highway 55 and highway 24.  We greatly appreciate Plymouth Holiday’s continuing support and trust in PBYR!!


**On June 29, 2015 The Plymouth Lions donated $2000 to Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.  This is the 3rd grant received from the Plymouth Lions to date!!  This donation confirms  continuing  support and partnering with PBYR by the Plymouth  Lions.  PBYR greatly appreciates and  values their donation, trust and their efforts to partner with PBYR to serve veterans, service members and their families.

**On June 29, 2015 PBYR participated in the opening of the Plymouth Memorial.  PBYR sponsored an American Dream Oak which is a living part of the Memorial.  Many military families and Plymouth citizens have expressed appreciation with the Plymouth Memorial and appreciate the elegant and thoughtful design.


Free $250 SAT and ACT Test Prep Courses

WHO: Services members (active and retired) and their extended families all over the world.
WHAT: Free $250 SAT and ACT Test Prep Courses
WHEN: For the week of Jun 24 – Jun 30, 2015.

Next Tests
SAT: Oct 3, 2015
ACT: Sept 12, 2015

WHY: SAT/ACT Donation Project Military Partners Update


Cheryl Litras
SAT/ACT Donation Project
951 256-4076

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


100 FREE BRIDAL GOWNS and many other prizes given away!

WHO: Military members or fiancées of those in the military
WHAT: 8th Annual Military Extravaganza hosted by Angelique’s Bridal and Savvi Formal Wear
WHEN: Sunday July 19, 2014 from 1200-1600
WHERE: 12341 Aberdeen St NE Blaine, MN 55449
WHY: 100 FREE BRIDAL GOWNS (15 Monique Lhuillier Designs) and many other prizes given away!
HOW: Submit a brief essay on the website listed below by NLT 17 JULY 2014 to be considered for selection.

Website: Go to
POC: Jacquelyn Basney at 763-757-6310

2015 Angeliques Bridal

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157



Operation Open Wide

Free Dental Treatment for Veterans

Sponsored by Shamblott Family Dentistry and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Communities

Shamblott Family Dentistry, a Minneapolis–‐area family dental office run by Dr. Scott Shamblott, D.D.S., has created an event to lend a hand to honor area veterans. Free dental services will be provided to up to 15 veterans in need of dental services. This is the first  year of the event, with hopefully, many more to come.

Please go to our Information For Resources page for additional information. Posted on June 26, 2015.


Project Backpack is a program available to MN military children. This program prepares military children for their upcoming school year by providing them with the school supplies needed for a successful year!

Who qualifies and how does it work?
Kindergarten to 12th grade children whose parents are currently deployed, recently returned (within 12 months), wounded, and disabled or MIA / KIA are eligible to receive a backpack. College students are not eligible for this program.

Apply online
For the 2015-2016 school year.
Applications will be accepted through midnight on July 10th.
All questions should be directed to
Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


In May 2015 PBYR was contacted by the wife of a former Marine to provide sympathy cards for military families that were impacted by a recent military helicopter crash with loss of life.  Her friend in California will help distribute the cards.  PBYR offers our condolences, prayers and sympathy to the grieving families and special recognition and appreciation for the soldiers’ service, commitment and efforts to keep us safe.


On May 2, 2015 PBYR and Heinzen Ditter VFW shared a table at the Home Deport Military Appreciation Day.  Special thanks to “Handsome” Bob Prestificippo and Doug Johnson.    The day was perfect and the Vets clearly appreciated the “Thanks”.    PBYR engaged in needed outreach and education.   And Bob was clearly Handsome!  Doug and I took notes.  PBYR applauds Home Depot’s efforts to sponsor a Military Appreciation Day.


Strong Bonds Retreat

WHO: Married Soldiers of the MNARNG and their spouses

WHAT: Strong Bonds Retreat

WHEN: 8-10 May 2015

WHERE: Twin Cities Venue

WHY: Free relationship enhancement getaway!

What is Strong Bonds? The State Chaplain’s Office is excited to offer you a free, educational and practical opportunity to learn what works in marriage and what continues to make marriages last. Strong Bonds is a weekend retreat for married couples which is basic and straight forward, focusing on communication skills. The workshop and material teach couples the skills they need to nurture a lasting love. Childcare is available. Last day to sign up is April 23, 2015.

Spots still available for this event – signup at

Point of contact for more information is Sergeant Ryan Noel (651-282-4287) or Chaplain Buddy Winn (651-282-4291)

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


In March, 2015  PBYR  and the  Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans assisted a veteran and his family (with young children) to secure affordable housing.  PBYR and the case manager  Benjamin Wilson worked closely with the veteran to secure stabilization, assisted with motel expenses,  assisted with transportation, and provided informational contact to purchase a vehicle.  The interventions have been helpful  with this family’s  stabilization. The veteran secured employment with a supportive employer as well.  The community partnering worked great!!


MN Timberwolves Recognizes Military Youth

Timberwolves logo

WHO: Military Connected-Youth ages 6-15

WHAT: Sign up to participate in special pre-game activities at a MN Timberwolves game in April. There are limited spots and specific age groups eligible.

WHEN: April 1st- “Kids tunnel” (6-15 years old) April 15th- “Anthem Buddies” (8-14 years old) & “Kids Tunnel”- (6-15 years old)

WHY: To celebrate Military Children and Youth during the Month of the Military Child.

HOW: To register . For more details

Questions? Contact:

Moriah Legvold

Child and Youth Program Coordinator



DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund


What: The attached scholarship is a scholarship offer for children who loss a
parent in OEF/OIF/OND.
When: Application deadline is 30 June 2015
Where: (under the “Get Involved” button)
Who: Children who lost a parent who served in the National Guard during
Why:  To give back

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Temporary Financial Assistance for Veteran’s Children

Who:  Veteran’s Children

What:  The Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program awards cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. (Currently serving veterans are eligible for Legion membership.).  These grants help families meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities, and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment.

Where:  American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance –

When:  Currently Available

Why:  Legion membership is not required to receive assistance. However, TFA is only available to minor children (17 years or younger) whose biological parent or legal guardian is a veteran and is, or would have been, eligible for American Legion membership. Children 18-20 may be considered if a current disability requires special schooling or indefinite in-home care, or if they are enrolled in an approved high school and unmarried.

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Apply to become a Tillman Scholar


  • Who:  Eligible active-duty service members, veterans and spouses are invited to submit applications for the Pat Tillman scholarship from Tuesday, February 3rd until Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 11:59pm PT.
  • What:  The following candidates may apply to become a Tillman Scholar:*    Veteran and active-duty military service members*    Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service
    *    From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve*    Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving surviving spouses
    *    Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time* student:*    Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)
    *    Graduate or post-graduate degree
    *    At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

Why:  The Tillman Scholars program reflects Pat Tillman’s values, strength of character and commitment to service. The scholars chosen demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential and a deep desire to impact positive change in their communities and throughout the world. For the current scholarship cycle, applicants will be notified of results no later than May 16, 2015. Scholarships will be granted for the 2015-2016 academic year and are eligible for renewal.
If you know eligible service members, veterans or spouses in your community, please forward this email to help us spread the word!

When:  Applicants who applied for the Tillman Scholars program in the past and were not selected are eligible to reapply for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Where:  The online application  at  to join the 7th Class of Tillman Scholars is now open.

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Proudly show your support of Minnesota’s Military Kids & purchase a “Military Kids Strong” t-shirt.

Proceeds from the t-shirts will go towards the Operation: Military Kids program, supporting MN’s Military-Connected Youth before, during and after a loved one’s deployment.

Cost: $15/shirt (includes shipping and handling)

These PREMIUM performance-short-sleeved t-shirts are available in cuts for the whole family (youth, women & men) and were conceptualized by our teens on the Minnesota Military Teen Panel!

T-shirt Technology and Specs:
– Purple digital camouflage
– 100% Polyester Xtreme-Tek
– Breathable, moisture-managing interlock fabric
– Fresh assurance/Odor Control with ant-bacterial treatment
– UV Protection
– Crew neck with double needle hems
– Tagless

Join together to thank our Military Kids for their strengths and their sacrifices for our country during the Month of the Military Child by wearing your purple on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 for Purple Up Day.  Post a photo with your shirt in April to our facebook page:!/MnNationalGuardYouthPrograms

Watch for other exciting opportunities coming up during the Month of the Military Child:

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157

T-Shirt Order Form


In January 2015 PBYR assisted the Brooklyn Center Family Assistance Center (FAC), a PBYR partner to contact and evaluate apartment and housing options for a service member in need of affordable housing in either Plymouth, Golden Valley and St. Louis Park.


Teen Leadership Forum

What: Teen Leadership Forum is an opportunity for military teens to develop leadership and teambuilding skills in a fun, hip, positive atmosphere.

Who: Teens 6th-12th grades

Why: To give teens the chance to build their leadership skills and network with other military teens while learning about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

When: 27-29 March 2015

Where: Breezy Point, MN

How: To register go to and search MN Teen Leadership Forum. See the flyer below for more information and details.

2015 Teen Leadership Forum

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Network and Tour Pipefitters Union Training Center

New Career Map

Veterans: Register now for a Networking and Tour of the Pipefitters Training Center in Brooklyn Park, MN that takes place Thursday January 29, 2015 from 0900 to 1100.

Career in Pipefitting brochure link


FREE Piano

DAVMN was recently donated a piano and the donor is requesting that it go to a veteran, service member, or their family in the Metro Area. The donor will have Schmidt music deliver it in early January! Attached is a picture of the piano. Please let me know if someone in your community would like the chance to bring a piano into their home.


Happy Music Making!

Emily Weiss
Outreach Coordinator
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
MN Department of Military Affairs


Sign-up for FREE at

KeepTree has launched mobile applications on iOS and Android for families back home to catch important moments on the go and share them with troops (it is in the Apple/Google store under “KeepTree” but military accounts are free). Also, KeepTree has a bunch of “thank you” videos on their home page ( ) from high ranking officers in all branches – as well as celebrities like Halle Berry, Tony Robbins, and Nick Cannon (to name few).  KeepTree also has a page dedicated to troops from World Wrestling Entertainment at

Sign-up for FREE at and use your computer’s webcam to record video messages for your friends and family · Friends and family receive email notifications when your videos are sent to them · Introducing MOBILE APPS for iOS and Android (search for “KeepTree” – military accounts are FREE) · They receive a free account, log-in to view the videos, and reply · Videos can be saved forever · Videos can be set for delivery now or in the future · TroopTree is FREE to military and their families.

Family Comms Card – 2015 brochure link

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Hiring Our Heroes Hiring Fair

1. WHO. Veteran Job seekers, Active Duty Military, Reserves, and National Guard.

2. WHAT. Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.  In February, Hiring Our Heroes will host a hiring fair in Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

3. WHEN. Hiring Fair will occur on February 12, 2015 from 1100-1400.  In addition, the first 200 pre-registered attendees are eligible to receive up to two free tickets for them and their families to attend that evening’s Minnesota Wild game.  The Minnesota Wild game will begin at 1900.

4. WHERE. This event will be held at Xcel Energy Center.

5. WHY.  This hiring fair will be a great networking opportunity for Service members to meet and connect with some of the best companies in Minnesota.

6. Service members may register at

Hiring our Heroes brochure link

Jonell Wilson
Military Family Assistance Specialist
HRCI Contractor
Office: 651-282-4055
Fax: 651-268-8157


Family Camps in Winter 2015!

Attached is information provided by the State Family Programs Office on some upcoming winter events.  Operation: Military Kids offers Family Camps for you and your family to participate.  These camps help our military children better understand what their service member is experiencing and helps the family reconnect with each other.

WHAT: FAMILY CAMP Winter 2015 – A weekend Winter Get-a-way for the Family

WHO: Military families with at least one child in grades K-12


1.) February 6-8 at Camp Shamineau near Motley, MN – – – Registration due by January 21, 2015

2.) March 27-29 at Ironwood Springs Ranch near Stewartville, MN – – – Registration due by March 11, 2015

WHY: To help families communicate, cooperate, and have fun, while they participate in challenges, learn new skills and enjoy time together.

For registration information and further details, please go to

Point of Contact:
Amber Greeley
800.444.4238 ext 223 or 612.624.8198
Cell: 651.343.9885


Camps for military youth, teens and families

WHO: Camps for military youth, teens and families– and camps geared towards youth with disabilities, there is something for everyone!  Camps listed below are geared toward families with youth ages 14-18.

WHAT: There are a combination of upcoming, free/low cost camp opportunities for your youth, teens and families a to participate in this season that focus on Outdoor Winter Survival and Adventure.  There are also Whitewater Rafting, Climbing, Rappelling and Outdoor Expedition camps starting in April for Parent/Child teams. Look at other opportunities in the Spring if you like to plan further in advance.

WHERE: The camps below and are held in New York, Washington, Kentucky and New Hampshire in Jan-March.

16-20 January– Outdoor Winter Survival Camp– New York
16-18 January– Winter Survival Adventure– Washington
29 Jan-2 Feb–Snowshoe Mountain Ski and Snow Adventure Camp– New Hampshire
15-18 February–White Mountain Adventure Camp– New York
15-21 February–Outdoor Winter Survival Adventure– Washington
22-25 February–White Mountain Adventure Camp– New Hampshire

Camps for Youth with Disabilities
2-5 & 9-12 January– White Mountain Adventure Camp– New Hampshire

WHY: “I loved it. I had never been to camp before and this was a wonderful experience. I made a lot of new friends and feel a lot more confident about my abilities.” -age 16

“Thanks for such a fun week. I had a blast and met so many new friends.” -age 15
“This is why the MTAC program has been such a blessing to our family.
From the ease of signing up, to the type of adventures they had to offer,
there was no way anyone could pass up an opportunity like this. Being able
to just participate in such a program and have someone else take care of all
the details is a relief in and of itself. Then you add in the type of activities
and locations of places to go and then you truly appreciate the work that
has been put into such a special program. What is even more awesome is
that when you arrive at one of these adventures you realize that you are not
alone in this and that there are other families out there in the same situation
and that your kid has someone like them to share with. The benefit of
it being an adventure is taught it turns into an outlet of bonding while sharing
without it feeling forced and boring.” -parent

HOW: Please visit the website for more information on the camps. (Scroll down to 2015 information)

Please note that specific camp details, including dates, may change based on conditions and availability.

Find them on Facebook

POC: Contact Camps directly for more information.  Each camp POC is listed in the adventure brochure.


In December 2014 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR) assisted a Vet, a Plymouth resident with a car rental after his car’s engine died and needed replacement.   PBYR coordinated with the soldier’s Commander,  a local police department, Cottage Grove BYR and the BC FAC to obtain a grant for the car repair.  All provided helpful and very prompt service to this soldier within 24 hours of referral.   The soldier is happy and will keep  PBYR informed if additional service is needed.  He is working 2 jobs, however  the large and unexpected  car expense was overwhelming.  Also, the PBYR network was able to identify a very nice car that could be purchased at a reasonable price if he decided not to repair his car.  PBYR appreciated the excellent teamwork from  our partners to assist this soldier!   


scholarshipOn December 3, 2014 we posted a new scholarship opportunities on our Employment Opportunities page. If you are a military spouse and looking for some additional school funding opportunities, please check them out and don’t forget to tell them that PBYR sent you. Good luck!


We are having a Christmas Buffet on Friday, December 5th from 5 until 7:30 PM.   The cost is $12 per person.   Please see attached flyer’s

On Saturday, December 6th we will be welcoming home soldiers from the A452 out of Ft. Snelling.  Part of my unit just returned home from a deployment and I am coordinating a welcome home party and our annual Holiday party.  The date of these combined parties is Dec 6 2014, during the day. I also and looking for a VFW to adopt my unit to combine volunteer efforts to give my unit all the soldiers deserve.   We are adopting this unit as well during this event.

This event will take place at the Hamel – Plymouth VFW 19020 Hamel Road, Plymouth, MN from 4 PM until approx. 8 PM

We will have a collection for toy’s for tot’s in additional to the food shelf.

We will have live music as well.   Stop by and welcome these soldiers home.

Doug Johnson
Post Commander
(612)845 8385

Christmas Buffet Hamel VFW

Fridays Buffet Hamel VFW


Free ClassesOn December 2, 2014 we posted new education opportunities on our Employment Opportunities page. If you are looking for some education opportunities, please check them out and don’t forget to tell them that PBYR sent you. Good luck!



Help wantedOn December 2, 2014 we posted new employment opportunities on our Employment Opportunities page. If you need employment, please check them out and don’t forget to tell them that PBYR sent you. Good luck!


Attached is a special offer provided by the Mall of America for you, family and friends.

WHAT: Holiday for Heroes

WHO:  All Serve Members and Veterans, along with their family and/or friends (maximum of 4 people) enjoy a morning filled with memorable moments.

WHEN: Sunday, 14 December 2014
0800 – 1100 (Wristband pick-up begins at 0700)

WHERE: Mall of America (MOA) Nickelodeon Universe

For more information about the event and to RSVP, please see above attachment and/or visit link below:

PBYR 1202204


VFW Veterans Day Program Activities on Sunday, November 9, 2014


VFW Veterans Day Program Activities on Saturday, November 8, 2014


Please click on the link below for more information on the Taco Bar, Raffle and Live Music that will take place from 4-8 PM on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Taco Bar, Raffle and Live Music


Help wantedOn September 22, 2014 we posted several new employment opportunities on our Employment Opportunities page. If you need employment, please check them out and don’t forget to tell them that PBYR sent you. Good luck!


On September 15, 2014 PBYR learned that the  Plymouth Lions made a $2000 donation to Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in July 2014

PBYR is very appreciative and thankful for this very generous  donation.  PBYR  highly values the excellent relationship and partnership with the Plymouth Lions since 2012  to serve service members and their families.


On September 10, 2014 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon,  S & S Tree and Landscaping , Southside Crane  and the City of Plymouth assisted a deployed  service member with a big task–the removal of a 43 foot diseased elm tree.

SnSlogo-vector-horiz-color-wtag-CS5The following video clip highlights that this was a really big ugly tree and a complicated task.  All partners in this process worked together flawlessly.   PBYR is very grateful for the support, generosity  and assistance of S & S Tree and Landscaping and Southside Crane!!  These companies and staff stepped forward and represent the best in Plymouth and  in the United States as strong committed community partners.

PBYR and these community partners thank SSG Garcia for his service. The service member’s letter of thanks is highlighted in the video .  His  girlfriend writes:

“Hi all,

I just want to thank you all for your work and contribution to this project. I know it was not an easy task and the weather was not the nicest.

It means so much to us to know there are people, companies, and organizations out there to help military families. We never thought we would be on the receiving end of such an amazing gift and we are truly thankful.

Thank you all again”,


PBYR received this follow-up e-mail from S&S Tree and Landscaping-

Hi Gary,

I would just like to tell you what an honor it was to work with your organization. Could you please let the soldier know that we are all grateful for his service, we really can’t thank him enough for all he does for each and every one of us. I look forward to working with your organization again soon.

Best Regards,

Amy Bauer


PBYR  needs new donations to replace the funds that were used to  assist  with this  tree removal project. If you would like to see the PBYR do more projects like the one above, please consider donating to the PBYR by clicking on the “Donate” button on our home page.


PBYR Efforts at the Minnesota State Fair in August 2014

The State Fair was a huge success! We reached a lot of families, as well as potential volunteers. It was very memorable! The Waages


On August 4, 2014 Bob Prestificippo, a PBYR volunteer (AKA “Handsome Bob”) helped with a Red Cross blood drive at the request of VFW Commander Doug Johnson and Ms. Laurie Anderson, from The Church of St. Anne. Bob is an active and longtime Plymouth volunteer.


On July 8, 2014 PBYR assisted a couple (both Veterans with lifting limitations) to move a dresser from a storage unit to their apartment and rotated their mattress. Both were very appreciative of PBYR’s efforts. Special thanks to PBYR volunteers Hans Brakob and Brian Davis for a job well done!!


(L-R) Gary Goldetsky, PBYR Chair, Sylvia Grismer, PBYR Vice Chair, Kaelan Grismer, PBYR volunteer, Lauren Crew, Plymouth Holiday and Alan Crew, Plymouth Holiday

(L-R) Gary Goldetsky, PBYR Chair, Sylvia Grismer, PBYR Vice Chair, Kaelan Grismer, PBYR volunteer, Lauren Crew, Plymouth Holiday and Alan Crew, Plymouth Holiday

Plymouth Holiday proudly hosted the 2nd Annual Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR) FunRaiser on July 1, 2014. PBYR greatly appreciated their sponsorship and partnering to serve service members, veterans and their families. As a result of Plymouth Holiday’s efforts and support, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon received a donation of $487.00 to assist service members, veterans and their families. PBYR wishes to extend thanks, appreciation and salute Plymouth Holiday and their employees for their excellent community support efforts, donation, good company and the beautiful day for a barbeque!!!


Plymouth Holiday @ Highway 55 and County Rd 24 again selected Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon as a participant in their FunRaising support efforts for non-profit organizations based in Plymouth. They will host a FunRaising barbeque on July 1 and PBYR will receive the proceeds from the barbeque and purchases of car wash tickets between 11AM to 1PM. Please bring your appetite and your car to PLYMOUTH HOLIDAY!! PBYR greatly appreciates PLYMOUTH HOLIDAY’s support and confidence in our mission to serve Veterans, Service members and their families:

BBQ holiday fund raiser flyer 2014

Pam Darnell, PBYR Board Secretary designed the following card that can be given to homeless vets that may need direction to appropriate social services. Please make copies as needed:

business card to hand out to homeless vets


On May 8, 2014 PBYR sponsored presentations from Sarah McGinty, CVSO and Thomas Knutson, a wounded warrior . They spoke about supporting service members with resources, assistance and employment. The presentations were well received and they answered many questions. It was very clear that both speakers are committed and willing to assist PBYR to meet service members needs with benefits and employment consultation.

TomKnutson presentation

Veterans’ Services presentation

In December 2013 PBYR provided gift cards to Chaplain Buddy Wind as he was going to visit Wounded Warriors. This is his note of thanks to Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Ms. Karyl Sorge, PBYR Treasurer.


On April 26, 2014 from 11AM to 2PM PBYR will have a booth at the Plymouth Home Depot (County Road 6 & 494) to demonstrate support for service members, veterans and their families.

On April 11, 2014 and April 12, 2014 PBYR will have a booth at the Plymouth Yard and Garden Expo at the Plymouth Creek Center. Jennifer Rodgers and others are slated to provide education, PBYR hand-outs and PBYR contact information to the attendees.

In March 2014 PBYR sent Gary Goldetsky and Jennifer Rodgers to assist the Plymouth Lions in a major (phase 1) clean-up of the Medicine Lake Community Center. A good work crew assembled with Plymouth Firefighters and others and major progress was seen at the Community Center after a day’s work.

In March 2014 PBYR responded to a request for service from a disabled female service member. Clinton Asche provided a truck and with Gary’s assistance they helped move and assemble a bed for her and re-arrange some storage boxes. Home Depot also offered assistance, if needed.

On March 15, 2014 Plymouth Mayor Slavik, a PBYR Director worked as a “celebrity bartender” at the Eat Shop in Plymouth from 8PM to 10PM . Her tips and a percentage of bar sales were donated to PBYR. Her efforts are greatly appreciated as is the assistance and support from the Eat Shop. Her skills and moves as a “celebrity bartender” were very impressive!

Mayor Slavik,

Mayor Slavik, “a celebrity bartender” working hard for Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at the Eat Shop.

Dr. Gary Goldetsky with Mayor Kelli Slavik and councilmember Tim Bilsoe

Dr. Gary Goldetsky with Mayor Kelli Slavik and councilmember Tim Bildsoe

BPYR Thank You Letter to the Eat Shop Kitchen & Bar

In March 2014 PBYR responded to a Veteran in need of employment and Home Depot was able to review with him several opportunities that could be a match for his skills and experience. The Veteran was very appreciative of the assistance and consideration from the PBYR network and Home Depot.


In February 2014 PBYR sent 2 representatives to the BYR Joining Forces Program at Normandale Community College. This yearly program was again helpful and positive. It offered an opportunity to meet others involved in BYR and exchange ideas. As a result of this program additional information which will likely be helpful to service members and their families will be placed on the website ( Also, several ideas noted from other BYR Cities will be explored by the PBYR Board of Directors for possible fundraising considerations.


In December 2013 PBYR provided gift certificates to 2 mothers and their children. They had been referred to the City of Plymouth by the Family Assistance Center. The City of Plymouth Administrative Services Department provided coordination and assistance.



In November 2013 PBYR gave a short presentation to a Hamel 4H youth group & their parents about the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network. As a result, their leader is in contact with Jay Whitcomb, PBYR Director & Red Cross Representative for information how to assist service members and their families with holiday cards and gifts.

 In November 2013 Jeremy Wolfsteller, Service Officer, The American Legion gave an excellent presentation to PBYR at Plymouth City Hall. He described his recovery from very severe injuries received in combat in IRAQ and how he currently assists service members to obtain needed benefits and services. Jeremy has received awards for his service and was visited by President Bush while in the hospital. The story of Jeremy’s transition of healing to thriving was inspirational. Hopefully, he will present to PBYR again the future!!


Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon attended a BYR Summit Program in Bloomington on Feb 23, 2013 with the purpose  to meet with other BYR cities and  receive an update from Ms. Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach, regarding her recent visit with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.  Ms Kuyper reported that BYR is highly respected in Washington and is becoming a national model for supporting service members and their families.     Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon received a Certificate of Appreciation which is displayed by Chief Goldstein, PBYR Board Member  and Dr. Gary Goldetsky, PBYR Board Chair.


In November 2013 the PBYR network  was alert in outreach and expedited information to a service member (Marines) on how to apply for a service dog to assist with his PTSD.


In October 2013 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR)purchased advertising in the Plymouth Guide highlighting the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon poster with contact options for service members, vets and their families.

In October 2013 PBYR responded to the military’s request for gift cards for a military chaplain to hand out to 15 wounded soldiers in transition units.

The PBYR network was very efficient with a request for service in September 2013:

  • Service member was  identified by PBYR volunteer (Teresa Eisenrich) and he was encouraged and coached to contact PBYR
  • Needs and status quickly assessed
  • Assistance with a car is in process from 2 fronts (Plymouth Lions & Karyl Sorge)
  • Service member received emergency grant money from PBYR and with help from Doug Johnson the  Heinzen Ditter VFW also sent a check.
  • Service member was referred to FAC and filled out an application for a grant.

PBYR did a good job!!  Appreciation & Thanks has been offered by the service member.

Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon

On September 12, 2013 Katie Fruth and Gary Goldetsky proudly display the PBYR Certificate of Appreciation given to the Plymouth Lions for their generosity and support over the past 2 years .  Katie and her family have a long and distinguished service history to the City of Plymouth and the Plymouth Lions.  Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is very appreciative of their efforts, outreach and willingness to partner.


Doug Johnson, VFW Commander presenting a check for the service member to Karyl Sorge, PBYR Treasurer


On August 8, 2013 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (PBYR) provided a Certificate of Appreciation to Prudential & Home Depot in our monthly meeting at Plymouth City Hall. Mayor Slavik can be seen with representatives from Prudential (Sara Enright & Brad Seppala) and Home Depot (Wayne Backes) as they accept the certificates in the following photos. PBYR is looking forward to partner with both Prudential & Home Depot due to their history of exemplary corporate citizenship and involvement in the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network.




• Online Module: Supporting Resilience in Our Military Youth and Adolescents

Rochester Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Rochester Community and Technical College has put together an online module for professionals working with military-connected youth. This online module is designed to introduce educators, caregivers and mental health professionals to the military culture as well as the impact of deployment  on the child. After completing this online module, educators, caregivers and mental health professionals can earn CEUs.  For more information or to register for the online module go to

• Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon welcomes Prudential Insurance Company , a Plymouth corporate neighbor as the first financial services firm to become a BYR Proclaimed Company and our newest partner. Congrats to Prudential’s steering committee, executives and employees for all the hard work and commitment to work through the proclamation process.

• Mayor Kelli Slavik, Deputy Chief Dan Plekkenpol, Jay Whitcomb and I participated in their proclamation ceremony yesterday. We enjoyed the presentations from Raymond Weeks, Vice President, Prudential Veterans Initiatives , General Nash and Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach. We greatly appreciated the warm reception from Prudential’s employees, executives and steering committee!!

• At the ceremony, PBYR received a $1000 donation from their steering committee and we welcome the opportunity to work and partner with Prudential. The pictures from the event will be placed on our website (soon) and we will use the donation wisely to promote a shared mission to provide “local” help to military families and veterans and educate the community regarding their GIFT of service and some of their special needs as a result of their service.

• All members of PBYR present at the Proclamation Ceremony and Prudential’s BYR Steering Committee agreed to meet in the near future to start to put our resources , creativity, and commitment together in a synergistic way. On behalf of PBYR I applaud Prudential and their steering committee on their recent achievement with achieving BYR Proclamation status and look forward to future collaboration and partnering. Judy Dykhuizen, Prudential’s Director of Human Resources is copied on this communication and all future PBYR communications to the PBYR network will also be sent to the Prudential’s steering committee as soon as we receive email addresses.

In summary—it was a very nice day! PBYR applauds Prudential’s efforts and willingness to partner. We greatly appreciated the donation!!!!!!! Gary

• On June 11, 2013 Prudential donated $1000 to PBYR during their Proclamation Ceremony.  On behalf of PBYR,  Mayor Slavick and I accepted their donation.  We enjoyed the reception and especially Prudential’s willingness to partner further with PBYR.  We wish all Prudential employees  a hearty “Congrats and Best Wishes” as a result of their efforts and commitment to successfully  complete  all requirements for the  BYR Proclamation process.   Good work Prudential and THANKS!!!

• Sun Sailor news article: Building a strong support network for military service members.

• In May 2013 PBYR had volunteers at a booth at Zachary Lane Elementary School during an environmental awareness program to engage and educate parents and educators about the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program.

• On July 2, 2013 from 10:30AM to 1:15PM Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will participate in our FIRST fundraising event at the: Plymouth Holiday Station located at 16825 County Road 24, Plymouth, MN 55447 (details will be posted soon)!!

• We greatly appreciated Holiday’s support & hope you will come and enjoy lunch, a car wash and help Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon meet our mission to serve as a resource to service members, veterans and their families.

• In May 2013 The Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Board of Directors voted to utilize the following poster to be placed in Plymouth commercial locations to help educate the community about resources and Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.



• In March 2013 Dan Baruch, the major designer of the website was approved to serve as a consultant to update the site on a monthly basis.  His efforts have been appreciated by the PBYR Board of Directors and the Board Chair has received many compliments about his work on the website.

• In March 2013 Travis Longacre and Home Depot again demonstrated  their strong commitment and support to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program by assisting a deployed service member’s mother with home repairs.  Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon highly values their participation as a community leader and partner!!

 • In April 2013 Jonell Wilson from the Brooklyn Center Family Assistance Center  presented information on the many ways that Family Assistance Centers can assist service members and their families with grants and related assistance.  Also, she discussed the advantages for Plymouth Beyond  the Yellow Ribbon to maintain dialogue and partner whenever possible to insure good outcomes with requests for assistance.

• On Feb 14, 2013 PBYR sponsored a meeting and presentation about the Minnesota Workforce Center and strategies to assist veterans to return to their employers after they come home from deployment.

• PBYR volunteers had a booth at the Wayzata Market Place Program at Wayzata Middle School on Feb 2, 2013 to educate the public and parents about Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

• In January, 2013 the Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s Board of Directors (after several draft versions and much discussion) adopted a set of bylaws which are attached to this website for review.

• PBYR and Home Depot, a community partner responded to a service member’s need for assistance with snow removal after the big storm in December, 2012. This Maple Grove family sent a beautiful thank you note to both PBYR & Home Depot regarding their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the assistance.

• Beautiful gift bags were supplied by Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and several other cities in the BYR network (Chanhassen, Minnetonka and Hastings) to mothers and children in the Army Survivor Outreach Services Program in November, 2012 (use pics)

• Chief Goldstein & Krismar Waage gave a presentation on Plymouth Beyond The Yellow Ribbon to the Wayzata Communities in Collaboration Council on November 14, 2012

• Representatives from Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon attended the Plymouth Lions Club Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser on November 11, 2012 At the Plymouth Creek Center. Good Waffles

• Annette Brechon Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach, MN Dept. of Military Affairs attended the PBYR meeting on November 8, 2012 and did a presentation: “Checklist Ideas for the BYR Network”

• In October, 2012 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon received a generous $1000.00 donation from the Plymouth Lions Club

• Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon participated with a booth on October 20 & 21, 2012 during the 50 year celebration of the Hamel/Plymouth Heinzen-Ditter, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5903 which is located in Hamel, MN.

• Becker Furniture World, ( ), a Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community partner assisted a service member and his family with bedroom furniture in August, 2012.

• Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon participated in the Plymouth on Parade event on September 29, 2012. Many people appreciated learning about the BYR network.