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Yellow Ribbon City and Yellow Ribbon County

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "Yellow Ribbon City" and "Yellow Ribbon County" That's what Rochester and Olmsted County are now being recognized as

With sounds of war so far away it's a round of applause for Rochester Community and Technical College, the city of Rochester and Olmsted County

All because of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

"We know that there are about 600 military families that live in about a 35-mile area around Rochester, 900 military kids and just hundreds of military family members like parents and grandparents," said Kenn Roehl of Southeast Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

The group provides services to military families, and links them to businesses and volunteer services

"People need wood cut for their stove, they need the snow shoveled," said SFC Rod Haworth of the Minnesota Army National Guard

The Buresh family knows all too well about deployments
Rob Buresh deployed in 2008 for three months, leaving behind his wife and two daughters

"It's very hard for him to go but I'm proud of him going because I know he's helping people in some way," said 9 year-old Annie Buresh

"We do Medivac flights We take people from Iraq, Afghanistan you know wherever there's combat operations you don't always want to admit it but there's a chance something could happen It is a war," said Sgt Rob Buresh of the Minnesota Air National GuardRob knows he'll have to deploy again

The program reassures his wife she'll have support
"To be able to know that I can call if there is something I can't handle, really brings a peace of mind while he's gone," said Julie Buresh

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is only expected to grow
"We're going to meet more military families, we're going to provide more and better services," said Roehl

Updated at: 09/22/2010 9:01 PM
By: Ellery McCardle


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