Minnesota National Guard

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First Lady's
Military Family Care Initiative
Mary Pawlenty's Welcome Letter


If you are a member of a service organization, community organization or faith-based organization and want to provide volunteer services to the families of military personnel during this time of separation from their loved-one, you have come to the right place.

When there is a call to active duty, families of military personnel have many adjustments to make. It is much easier for the families to cope with these difficult changes if they know they are being cared for by their communities. A simple task like mowing the grass or preparing a meal can go a long way toward helping a family in this time of need.

Your support is very important to our military families. The National Guard and Reserves are no longer serving one weekend a month and two weeks a year. Our Minnesota Soldiers today must be prepared for lengthy overseas deployment. In fact, some Soldiers are currently serving their 2nd or 3rd tour of duty.

Since September 11, 2001, the Minnesota National Guard and the Army Reserves have mobilized more than 15,000 Soldiers and airmen to more than 30 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Herzegovnia, Bosnia and Kosovo.  Currently, over 3,000 National Guard, Army Reserve and active duty military Soldiers and airmen are deployed from Minnesota to Iraq.

Thank you for supporting Minnesota’s military families!"

Visit Mary Pawlenty's Website for information

Bringing Soldiers and Their Families All The Way Home

The Minnesota National Guard has pioneered a program in hopes of changing how Soldiers and Airmen are reintegrated back to their communities. Called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the program is named as a reminder that the support of Soldiers cannot end when they return from deployment and the yellow ribbons are untied.

Learn more about the First Lady's Initiative at the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website.