Free Durable Medical Equipment is Available!!

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!!

John is my heart

Please see an article forwarded by Jim Heimerl , VFW Commander that reminds us about the responsibilities and costs of freedom. This reminder further reinforces our mission with Vets, Service Members and their families.

Gary – PBYR

John Is My Heart

This is a well-written article about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad. See below. A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society.

By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post

“Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry.

In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.

It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University. John’s enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, “So where is John going to college?” from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military.

“But aren’t the Marines terribly Southern?” (Says a lot about open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. “What a waste, he was such a good student,” said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should “carefully evaluate what went wrong.”

When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip.

We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles’ names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John’s private school a half-year before.

After graduation one new Marine told John, “Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would’ve probably killed you just because you were standing there.” This was a serious statement from one of John’s good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, “would die for me now, just like I’d die for him.”

My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.

Why were I and the other parents at my son’s private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?

Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm’s way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?

I feel shame because it took my son’s joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future “greatest generation.” As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer.

John is my heart.

Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.”

Oh, how I wish so many of our younger generations could read this article. It makes me so sad to hear the way they talk with no respect for what their fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers experienced so they can live in freedom. Freedom has been replaced with Free-Dumb. Please pass this on . . .

 

 

Armed Forces Day Steak Fry & Dance

ARMED FORCES DAY STEAK FRY & DANCE

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

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

  • Jim Heimerl
  • (651) 261-3111

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Minneapolis MACV FREE Legal Clinic – May 9

Subject: Minneapolis MACV Legal Clinic

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

What: Free legal clinic for Veterans

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

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

FREE Parking at the VA Medical Center

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

macv-mpls-legal-clinic.pdf

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Minneapolis Service Platoon Leader Position Available – The Mission Continues

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

Twin Cities Veterans!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Platoons One Pager Minneapolis.pdf

In Service,

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

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Veteran Business Workshop

Great Veterans Business Opportunities

 

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

Vet Start Business – Build Business Event may 20

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Women Veterans Gala

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

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

Allison Gill

Date: Thursday, May 18,  2017

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

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

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

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April’s FAC BTYR Newsletter

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

Arden Hills April Newletter-BYR.pdf

Arden Hills FAC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon News archives

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

Respectfully,

Yolonda Von Itter
Military Family Assistance Specialist
SKYLINE ULTD, Contractor

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

Military Appreciation Grouse Dog

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

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

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

MILPuppy Military Apprecation Form 2017.pdf

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Veterans on the Water Event – June 11

What: Boat Show/ Silent Auction

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

Where: Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington, Mn.

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

2017 Veterans on the Water Fundraiser

Ride for Hope Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Owatonna T-Shirt Sale

 

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. http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/Page/19770

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

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

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

Summer Youth Activity Guide 2017

2017 Awareness Day Live!

Thank you!

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

2017 MDVA Women Veterans Conference – May 25

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 2017 Women Veterans Conference!

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

Valleyfair is honoring our hometown heroes with Military Days

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

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

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

For more information, please see attached PDF or visit: https://www.valleyfair.com/events/things-to-do/special-events/Military-Appreciation-Days

Valley Fair Military Special.pdf

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

Family Assistant Center Specialist job announcements

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

EMPLOYER: Skyline ULTD Inc.

OPEN PERIOD: Currently Open- Thursday 6 April 2017

POSITION INFOMRATION: Full-Time Contract

VACANCY LOCATION: Various locations throughout the state of MN

HOW TO APPLY:

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

FACSpecialist-Announcement-Bemidji,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-CampRipley,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-DetroitLakes,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-Duluth,MN.pdf

FACSpecialist-Announcement-Rosemount,MN.pdf

Acknowledge and Support Heinzen-Ditter VFW


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