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National Reintegration hits the airwaves

Minnesota National Guard leaders took to the airwaves with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campaign in the second week December

Col Kevin Gerdes appeared on Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac" Friday evening and Brig Gen Joe Kelly appeared on 1003 FM KTLK's "Talk with Denny Hecker" Saturday morning

The leaders were discussing the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which is nothing new for the Minnesota National Guard, but has recently garnered plenty of interest from the general public because of its proposed implementation for every state with returning troops The 2008 National Defense Act is allocating millions of dollars to fund programs that will help reintegrate Guard and Reserve Service members to their communities after overseas deployment The model being used by congress for all states is the model that was created in Minnesota

Under the direction of Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the Minnesota National Guard has successfully launched the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program, which is designed to aide returning service members transition from a combat lifestyle back into their roles as family members and citizens

With the success of the program in Minnesota, the outpouring of support from Minnesota Communities and the expected legislation to implement the program in each state, using the Minnesota model, interests are rising in just how the reintegration mission has been accomplished Guard leaders took time over the weekend to communicate to our communities what the winding road was that got our Reserve and Guard units to this point, and will continue to engage the communities to keep the abreast of the challenges yet to come

For more information about the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: click here

By Sgt Joe Roos, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Dec 16, 2007

Minnesota National Guard leaders take to the airwaves with the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Campaign, which is proposed to be implemented in every state with the 2008 National Defense Act.

Photos by Sgt. Joe Roos






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