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St. Cloud may seek Yellow Ribbon status

Farmington and Rochester are Yellow Ribbon communities

March 8, 2009

The St Cloud metro area may seek a designation that signifies its commitment to supporting troops and their families

St Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said he thinks the metro area has met the requirements to become a Yellow Ribbon community and hopes to apply for the designation Yellow Ribbon communities are those that work to welcome home troops and help families of deployed Soldiers

The designation is a part of the Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon reintegration program

Farmington and Rochester are Yellow Ribbon communities

St Cloud-area cities participate in the Warrior to Citizen program, which provides support to Soldiers and their families It also educates the community about what it can do to help ease the transition from serving to coming home

Guardian of Heroes awards are also presented to local businesses that have gone above and beyond to help employees who are deployed

The city of St Cloud also has a special section on its Web site with links to sites where residents can show their support for Soldiers

"We still have more to do," Kleis said

In the last several years the military has relied more on the National Guard to serve abroad, Kleis said That means the community should step up to show its appreciation, he said When a citizen-Soldier leaves, he or she also leaves behind a civilian job and community commitments

"You notice that absence," he said

To find out more on how to help the troops, go to http://cistcloudmnus/Troopsaspx

Kari Petrie "¢ St Cloud Times

Read more at sctimescom
March 18, 2009: "$37.2 million National Guard helicopter base will help maintain fleet," St. Cloud Times

March 11, 2009: "Group working to make Washington County first ‘Yellow Ribbon’ county," Lake Elmo Leader

Feb. 25, 2009: "Rochester to become Yellow Ribbon Community," kaaltv.com

Go to the Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon page for more information about the Minnesota National Guard's award-winning Servicemember reintegration program.



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