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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon shows deployed Soldiers how to come all the way home

In "Twilight of the Idols" Friedrich Nietzsche said "If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how"

Deployment Cycle Support (DCS), a component of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, helps provide the "how" for Soldiers of the 34th Infantry Division

DCS held a one-year reintegration event for the Soldiers of the 34th Infantry Division that were mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Feb 2009 to Feb 2010 at the Inver Hills Community College July 22

"Everybody's life changes a little bit after they complete a deployment," said Lt. Col. Matt Vatter, 34th Infantry Division Headquarters Battalion commander, "and what we're trying to do today is address some of the issues and some of the challenges that the Soldiers and their families might be facing at this stage in returning from war"



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Before arriving at the event, all Service members were surveyed by DCS to determine the issues still facing the Soldiers as they continue to reintegrate into society a year later The survey, done months before the reintegration event, helped DCS reach out to working professionals to provide an expert in the areas of concern at the event

Over 15 service providers were at the 34th Infantry Division's one-year reintegration event Classes offered ranged from a couples check-up to initial resume writing

"A high area of concern the Soldiers are facing is unemployment; we hope this event refreshes their tool kit of resources and helps them in the job market where they are going up against individuals that have been preparing a whole year while they were overseas," commented Maj Aaron Krenz, DCS chief

"In essence, what I would like, is to have all of our Soldiers walk away this weekend with an action plan that works for them," said Vatter "Something that helps them to take that next step forward in their lives "¦ that they can be more successful in the job market if employment is an issue for them"

If Nietzsche were alive perhaps he would have approved of the dedication and insight taken reintegrating our modern Service members and helping them find the "how"

Story and photos by Spc Trisha Betz
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
22 July, 2011





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