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Minnesota National Guard
Willmar to receive Yellow Ribbon City award for service to military members

WILLMAR — The city of Willmar will be designated as part of a statewide group that connects and coordinates organizations, agencies and companies to provide support for members of the armed forces and their families

Local leaders of HomeFront Connection will receive Willmar’s designation as a Yellow Ribbon City, part of a comprehensive support program for service members and their families called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

HomeFront Connection members Kammy Nelson of Willmar, coordinator, and Conrad Bostron of Spicer, chairman, will receive the designation on behalf of the city during a program Sept 22 in Farmington Twelve other cities, two counties and seven companies will also receive the designation from Gov Tim Pawlenty

Nelson and Bostron announced Willmar’s upcoming designation during the regular City Council meeting Tuesday night About a year ago, Nelson and Bostron appeared before the council to say that an effort was under way to pursue the Yellow Ribbon designation

Nelson said local volunteers submitted an action plan to train and empower community leaders to support service members and their families during deployment and during reintegration into civilian life A training event pulled people in from various sectors of the community

“I feel like we’ve got an awesome team,’’ said Nelson
The group’s mission is to connect military families to their community by organizing family support, providing community education and recognizing service members and their families
Bostron said he thinks the group is reflective of local and area individuals in the service

“We’re fighting a worldwide war on terror and defending our nation and its separate and individual needs with an all-volunteer force, and we’re also doing this as an all-volunteer organization without any outside funding and any sponsorship beside our own fundraising,’’ said Bostron

He said HomeFront Connection volunteers have been involved in everything from fundraising to babysitting to painting to light home construction

“We virtually have been able to meet every need that’s been presented to us one way or other or get them to the resource that could help,’’ said Bostron

Council members thanked Nelson and Bostron for their leadership

Jim Dokken, past commander of the Disabled American Veterans and Willmar American Legion, said HomeFront Connection complements the work of national veterans’ organizations Dokken said Trisha Appeldorn, Kandiyohi County veterans service officer, also has played a big role in the effort
“Other organizations can’t do it all,’’ said Dokken “It’s nice to have another organization because there’s a lot of heavy lifting that goes on and we can’t do it all in our organizations’’

By: David Little, West Central Tribune
Published September 09 2010

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