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Minnesota National Guard
More Communities Joining Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Support for military families in our area is growing You may have heard of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, its a group that provides resources and support for military members and their families

They're now operating in nine new cities in Southeast Minnesota

For nearly two years, Beth Blauvelt has been away from her husband, whose stationed in Japan as Marine She knows not having that extra hand around can be stressful That's why she called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

"Without having a military base here I pretty much have to rely on them for any information, like when I needed to renew my military ID," said Blauvelt

"We are making miracles happen for military families," said Annette Kuyper, Minnesota's director of military outreach

Something as simple as a shoveling snow, mowing lawn or helping veterans find a job Now that support is growing to Albert Lea, Owatonna and Winona County

"Its something we should be doing all the time for our military people," says Bill Spitzer, mayor of St Charles, MN

Its a service that Governor Dayton calls "life-changing" and "life-saving"

"What you're offering, the support we're providing like I said is the least we can be doing," said Dayton

Officials say the added support couldn't come at a better time, now that nearly 2,400 Minnesota National Guard troops are overseas

"It makes sure our families know they're not alone They have a resource they have to call if they need anything," said Kuyper

A group, Beth Blauvelt is glad to have around while her husband is helping protect our country thousands of miles away

"I never thought in a million years we'd come back and find support from them and its really nice," said Blauvelt

More than 60 communities in Minnesota have the 'Yellow Ribbon' designation and more are in the process of joining

Posted at: 08/31/2011 11:07 PM
By: Ellery McCardle

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