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Minnesota National Guard
34th Infantry Division 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event

March 4, 2010

~ 34th Infantry Division 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event ~

More than 1,000 Soldiers and families from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will attend their 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Training on Saturday, March 6 through Sunday, March 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

The event is hosted by the Minnesota National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support providing Soldiers and families the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops including:
- "Parenting after deployment"
- "Marriage after deployment"
- "How to survive in this economy"
- "Investing in your future"

There will also be classes for youth, informational booths and personnel available to answer any questions Soldiers and family members may have concerning the transition from warrior to citizen

On Sunday, 55 Service members of the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) and their families will also gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for their bi-annual conference for Minnesota's Wounded Warriors

Special guest speaker will be WWII Veteran Herbert Serth, one of the "Easy Company" 506th Infantry Regiment Band of Brothers  He will be speaking about "Transitioning through Life"

Media are welcome to attend the following events on Sunday:
-  Herbert Serth's "Transitioning through Life" from 9:15 - 10:00 am
-  "Investing in your future" presented by Baskfield and Associates, a "Yellow Ribbon Company" from 1:00 - 1:50 pm

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org       

For more information on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon visit wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg     

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Nicholle Corcoran, Minnesota National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support at 651-253-4968


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