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[2 April, 2014] - Veteran's Support

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota is currently working on a collaboration with Veterans groups, area organizations and interested individuals to explore issues affecting families and Servicemembers directly related to service.

These issues may include, but are not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other potential psychological or emotional trauma. These kinds of challenges have existed for many years, with recognition of the problem elusive and evolving.

CBS Sunday Morning explored these struggles in March, 2014, including even families from the Viet Nam era.

Our coalition is beginning to build around what we envision as a model destination treatment center for Veterans and Veteran families dealing with PTSD, related trauma or stress injuries and all other health care needs.

We believe this is a serious and continuing problem not only for those who have served our country but also for those family members who may not be recognized as serving as their loved ones have. As we develop our concept and plan we will update this site with information, links and stories of success.


[26 September, 2011] - Lucille Schweyen

TextBeyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota is pleased to announce the addition of Lucille Schweyen as our Part-Time Military Family Support Coordinator.

Lucille will be available on a part-time basis to assist Military families find information or direct assistance in a wide variety of areas. She will be able to connect Military Families with the right support agency to solve a problem, or provide self-help information.

Lucille has been with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota since July, 2010, working as an AmeriCorps LEAP program service member directly assigned to our organization. In this capacity, she has learned much about Military family support systems and organizations, at Federal, State and local levels. This includes many government agencies; but also includes dozens of non-profit and local community service organizations. Her knowledge will help Military families learn about and connect with support organizations that can help them in a wide variety of areas.

The Military Family Assistance Coordinator will provide assistance to Military families who have registered on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota website, at http://www.beyondtheyellowribbonsemn.com/members/, and who live in the Southeast Minnesota area.


[20 September, 2011] - Sheets Happened!Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota helped MN Nice collect sheets for Service Members.

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota, in collaboration with Operation Minnesota Nice, Rochester Community and Technical College students, staff, and faculty, donated 61 sets of twin-size sheets plus enough cash to help defray mailing costs, to Troops serving in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Notes to the Service Members were included in the sheet sets, which are sorely needed by the Troops currently serving in the Middle East.

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota helped MN Nice collect sheets for Service Members.This is an ongoing effort, and our group may continue to assist as necessary. Watch this website for possible future dates. To help Operation Minnesota Nice, please visit their website.

Thanks to all who participated in this Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campus outreach project!

 

Pictured: Harry Kerr, Vet Club Advisor, Glen Saponari, RCTC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon & Veteran’s Advisor, members of CAD Club and Pam Benson, CAD Club Advisor.


[3 September, 2011] - InCommons Award Presentation

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota at the 2011 MN State Fair.Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota was awarded one of 30 state community organization grants, by the Minnesota State Fair, and was given a chance to display at the 2011 fair, hosted by InCommons.

All of this year'swinners were recognized on Saturday, September 3, 2011, during Community Pride Day.

Read more about the award, and InCommons, at their website.


[31 August, 2011] - Yellow Ribbon Cities' Recognition

Members of the Winona delegation are welcomed in as Beyond The Yellow Ribbon communities, with MN Governor Mark Dayton, in Rochester.As host organization, Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota helped Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Major General Richard Nash, and members of area cities in welcoming Albert Lea, Owatonna, and the Winona region as Yellow Ribbon communities.

The event was held at the Rochester Art Center on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, and was followed by a dinner and entertainment for Rochester area military families, who were entertained by Brent Coggins and the magic of Sin'Gee'.

Event news story in KAAL TV

Event news story from the Rochester Post Bulletin


[21 July, 2011] - Chairman of Beyond The Yellow Ribbon SE MN Honored by Minnesota Twins

Kenn Roehl, MN Twins Volunteer of the Month for Beyond The Yellow Ribbon.Kenn Roehl, Chair of Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota, was honored during the pre-game ceremony for the Minnesota Twins baseball game, on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

He was selected from all state organizations as the Minnesota Twins' Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Volunteer of the Month.

Kenn's tireless work with our group has brought recognition beyond our state, publicity of our mission, and much-needed assistance for military families in our midst.

Congratulations, Kenn, and well done!


[19 July, 2011] - Taran Schneider, Others Honored

Lucille Schweyen, Taran Schneider, Kate Marchesani receive honors.On July 19, 2011, Taran Schneider, a member of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota’s executive committee, was awarded the first ever Military Family Volunteer Corps Service Award by the National Military Family Association (NMFA) for her outstanding work with military families.

The NMFA, an organization that has existed for over 40 years, awarded Schneider with its inaugural Volunteer Corps Service Award, after identifying her exceptional leadership in volunteering. The event was held at Rochester's City Council Chambers, and included volunteers, friends, and Service Members.

Lucille Schweyen and Kate Marchesani (Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota's AmeriCorps LEAP members) were also recognized during the ceremony in appreciation of their community service and support for the military families living in our midst.

Photo L-to-R: Lucille Schweyen, Taran Schneider, Kate Marchesani.


[9 January, 2011] - Operation Hug-A-Hero™ Dolls

Hug-A-Hero dollsDuring the weekend of 8-9 January, 2011, Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota took 45 photos of our military heroes, in order to make Hug-A-Hero™ dolls for their pre-school-age children.

Hug-A-Hero™ dolls are the creation of a company called DaddyDolls.com, and our Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota group took the photos of deploying soldiers of Minnesota's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division, along with other members of Rochester's 79th Military Police Unit - Army Reserve.

Overall, Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota hopes to order over 100 of these dolls and have them ready for the kids well before the announced troop deployment in 2011.

These dolls are made possible by generous donations by area foundations and businesses. You can help, too, by considering a donation to Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota.


[29 December, 2010] - John Marshall High School Rockettes present donation

On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2010, the John Marshall High School Rockettes, presented a check for $500.00, the first of several planned donations to representatives of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Southeast Minnesota.

Local Iraqi Veteran and Army Reservist Chief Warrant Officer Nathan Norrie and PFC Reid Bruns, who recently completed basic training, accepted the donation on behalf of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Southeast Minnesota.


Beyond The Yellow Ribbon SE MN receives recognition[22 September, 2010] - Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota receives state recognition

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, members of the Southeast Minnesota group, with Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and Olmsted County Commissioner Dave Perkins, visited Farmington, MN, to receive a recognition certificate from Governor Tim Pawlenty and retiring Major General Larry Shellito.

Stories related to this event:
Help for military families goes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon | Rochester Post-Bulletin


BTYRSEMN at the Honkers game[1 August, 2010] - Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota brings military families to the Rochester Honkers

A winning day for all, as the Minnesota School of Business offered military families tickets to the Rochester Honkers/Brainerd Area Lakes Lunkers game. Our group endured the heat and plentiful sunshine to hand out magnets to everyone attending, and the Honkers came thorugh with an extra-inning victory over the Lunkers! Watch for more fun events from Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota!


Major General Larry Shellito addressed the crowd[28 July, 2010] - UDATE: First Lady Mary Pawlenty Visits Rochester

First Lady Mary Pawlenty visited Rochester on July 28th, with her husband the Governor Tim Pawlenty and Major General Larry Shellito.

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota was on-hand to supply refreshments which were generously donated by Perkins in Rochester, and The Canadian Honker restaurant.


[22 July, 2010] - First Lady Mary Pawlenty Visits Rochester

First Lady Mary Pawlenty has provided support to Military Families through The First Lady’s Military Family Care Initiative since 2003. Mrs. Pawlenty announces the next generation of the Military Family Care Initiative at the Rochester Armory (1715 Marion Road SE, Suite D) on July 28th, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota will be on-hand to supply refreshments and to answer any questions.


[20 May, 2010] - Minnesota National Guard Alerted for 2011 Deployment

At a press conference, on Thursday, May 20, 2010, 1st Brigade Commander Colonel Eric Kerska announced that approximately 2,700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers will prepare to deploy in 2011, in support of Operation New Dawn, part of the U.S. drawdown phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The event was held at the Rochester Fire Department Training Burn Site, north of Rochester. In his civilian career, Colonel Kerska is a battalion chief for the Rochester Fire Department.

According to the Minnesota National Guard web site, "Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division are currently scheduled to begin their one year deployment in the summer of 2011. Soldiers are receiving notification now in order to provide the maximum time to complete their military deployment training and inform family members and employers."

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division consists of 37 units from 42 Minnesota communities. The final list of deploying units will be determined and announced in early 2011.

During this deployment, Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers are expected to provide security operations in support of U.S. Forces.

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon, Southeast Minnesota, attended this press conference, and will continue to promote its new web site, in support of military families.

Click here to see story on KAALTV.com
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[3 May, 2010] - Rochester Named Yellow Ribbon City, and Olmsted named Yellow Ribbon County

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota is pleased to announce that the Minnesota National Guard has formally recognized and designated Rochester as a Yellow Ribbon City and Olmsted County as a Yellow Ribbon County as part of its Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program for the State of Minnesota.  It is anticipated that Governor Tim Pawlenty will formalize this recognition in official ceremonies in Rochester sometime in July. 

Yellow Ribbon City and County designations for Rochester and Olmsted County are the result of a year-long effort by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota to organize events and activities that support military servicemen and women and their families living in Rochester, Olmsted County and surrounding areas.  This includes personnel from all 5 Uniformed Branches of Service on Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve status—an estimated 600 Servicemen and women and their families (nearly 1000 military children) in Southeast Minnesota. 

Since its inception in early 2009, a core group of committed private citizens, veteran’s and community service organization representatives have regularly met to plan how best to serve the military families living in our midst.  Working with our community support partner, Rochester Community and Technical College and our non-profit corporate sponsor, Family Service Rochester, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota has committed to meeting the following 5 service goals:

  • Create meeting and service support opportunities for Servicemembers and their families before, during and after deployments.
  • Host recreational and social events for families and military spouses and partners.
  • Educate communities on the stresses and challenges faced by military families.
  • Provide services military family members may need; from day care to snow removal to household repairs to counseling.
  • Link families to military-friendly business services and volunteer services.

In the past 6 months, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota has sponsored 5 Military family events and will continue to host monthly events through 2010.  Additionally, a military family “Parents Night Out” program will begin this month.  Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota is also co-sponsoring a 2-day education seminar, “Helping Children Thrive Through Mobilization and Deployment”, May 5-6, with the Military Child Education Coalition.  Other educational venues for faith communities and educators will be forthcoming this Fall.

For more information on Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota, please contact Kenn Roehl at 507-993-0815 or email:  kroehl@BeyondTheYellowRibbonSEMN.com.    For more information about the Minnesota National Guard’s Yellow Ribbon program, go to:  www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org or contact SFC Melanie Nelson, Public Relations, at 651-281-3825.

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