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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizational meeting

On March 11th, 7 pm, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-Community of Hastings will meet at Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, to look at an additional way to recognize the Hastings 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division returning Soldiers and Families, along with reviewing the road map to be designation

The Minnesota National Guard effort includes formal training to help Soldiers readapt when returning home after a deployment; training and assistance for families, before, during, and after deployment; and getting the community to join the effort Dean Markuson, Community Leader asks for your help in this initiative and feels we can truly make our community stronger by improving community networks He encourages going to website wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg and see what we are trying to accomplish

For those coming home, one of the main concerns will be employment While the local unemployment rate is unknown, it is heard that some returning units, a year after returning home, have 30 percent unemployment A veteran job support network exists with our Veterans Employment Representative Harry Ostendorf, (952) 895-7656, along with current transition groups

Many Soldiers, veterans and families will be concerned with their benefits and entitlements, Lyle Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1210, 275 West 33rd Street, will be hosting a Dakota County Veterans Service Officer Association meeting, on March 30th, 7 pm Dakota County Veterans Service Association President will preside over meeting

We would like to establish a volunteer support structure that includes simple acts of kindness, like snow-shoveling, mowing the lawn, painting, car repair, occasional meals, adopt a family, and so many more A complete listing can be found at http://wwwmilitaryfamiliesstatemnus

The community has worked hard to support families left behind Some of the coolest happenings were the numerous Veterans Day programs; care packages sent overseas, the initial reception home, outreach of the community, and monetary contributions Dean Markuson says "Thank You"

For additional information contact Dean Markuson, deanrvnvet@aolcom

Monday, February 8, 2010
Article source: http://www.hamptonnews.net/2010/02/beyond-yellow-ribbon-organizational.html



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