Hamel VFW Halloween Costume Dance – October 27

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

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

Hamel Halloween.pdf

Jim Heimerl
Commander VFW
(651) 261-3111
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Camp Gratitude 2019 

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

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

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

Bill Hottel | founder
Camp Gratitude

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

Employment Opportunity

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

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

Thank you,

Judy

Doorstep Healthcare Services

Ironwood Spring Ranch – Family retreat opportunities

Ironwood Spring Ranch – Family retreat opportunities

Who:  Service Members, Veterans, and their families
What:  “Operation Welcome Home” is a series of retreats hosted by Ironwood Springs free of charge
Where:  Miracle Lodge Retreat and Conference Center at Ironwood Springs, Stewartville, MN
When:  October 19-21 – Fall Family Retreat
Why:  To strengthen marriages, develop strong family connections, and have fun!
How:  To register, go to their website, http://ironwoodsprings.com/operationwelcomehome
POC:  Tracy Bashore at:  tracy@ironwoodsprings.com, or (507)533-4315

Xcel Energy Center Military Discounts!!

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

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

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic

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

New offers from the Xcel Energy Center

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

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

Thank you,

 

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

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Event – September 21

 

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

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

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

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

FAC September Newsletter

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

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

FAC newsletter September pdf

Have a wonderful day!

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor

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

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

PBYR is now a member of Thrivent Choice

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Two career opportunities available

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

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

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

 

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

 

A Soldier Never Forgets North Platte

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is on North Platte.

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