| St Louis Park joins Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
The St. Louis Park City Council has adopted a resolution to support the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign. The city has joined Edina, Excelsior, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Wayzata in forming the six-city Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program intended to create a network of community agencies, organizations, and services that provide assistance and support to local families of deployed military service members.
Led by a steering committee, the coalition of government staff, medical professionals, law enforcement, and residents from the six cities will help to coordinate a support network with the private sector, as well as aid in the identification of volunteers and resources. The cities will start by forming a network of existing services and create awareness of those services to military families, particularly families whose loved ones are deployed active military members.
The Coalition Kickoff was held on September 11, 2012, and featured a presentation by a representative of the Minnesota Army National Guard. Continuing meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month.
For more information, visit the SW Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website or contact Laura Ingebrigtson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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updated: Monday, February 25, 2013
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