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Minnesota National Guard
County gains national award for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program

Washington County has garnered a national award for its Yellow Ribbon Network of Washington County program, and will be recognized at a ceremony in Washoe County, Nev, in July

The county will be recognized in the 14th Annual Awards Ceremony during the 75th annual conference of the National Association of Counties July 18

The award is "in recognition of an effective and innovative program which contributes to and enhances county government in the United States"

The Yellow Ribbon movement in Washington County got its start when Minnesota National Guard Lt. Col. John Morris extended an invitation to the Washington County Board of Commissioners in 2008 to talk about the experience and needs of deployed members of the military, and their families The impetus also came from the board members learning about the needs for human services for service personnel and their families before, during, and after a deployment

Later, Washington County board members expressed their interest in finding ways to collaborate in supporting the troops and their families The Yellow Ribbon Network of Washington County is a network of schools, faith communities, service agencies, and organizations, the employers and businesses that are the fabric of the community, and meets the Minnesota National Guard's criteria to become a Yellow Ribbon County

The county was declared a Yellow Ribbon County by Gov Tim Pawlenty in January

Washington County is home to 130 soldiers deployed from the Minnesota National Guard to Iraq in 2009, and many other personnel on active duty with the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard The county board provided leadership and coordination with members of the community and other local governments to build the network

The operating and capital costs of starting, maintaining, and further development of the Yellow Ribbon Network of Washington County are minimal, and support is provided by the Minnesota National Guard

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Network, visit www.minnesotanationalguard.org/btyr

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