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Norwood Young America proclaimed Yellow Ribbon community

Minnesota National Guard NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA, Minn- The city of Norwood Young America was recognized as an official Yellow Ribbon Community at the Norwood Young America's Willkommen Memorial Park Pavilion during a proclamation ceremony, Dec 8, 2013

A Yellow Ribbon community is a community that unites to create a network that connects and coordinates agencies, resources, employers and organizations for the purpose of taking a hands-on approach in supporting Service members and military families Norwood Young America's Yellow Ribbon Committee spent the past four years striving for the goal of being recognized as an official Yellow Ribbon community

"They have completed the 16-step process that guides them through identifying and developing resources for Service members, veterans and military families in all key areas of their community," said Annette Kuyper, the Minnesota National Guard's Director of Military Outreach "They are ready to be recognized in this Governor's recognition program"

Norwood Young America was the 200th Yellow Ribbon community recognized in Minnesota These communities give a great amount of time and resources to Service members and their families to honor and embrace those affected by military deployment

The Yellow Ribbon Campaign provides families with programs such as, After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Skills Training, Initial Re-integration Training, and advising and planning programs Through these programs, Yellow Ribbon communities support Service members' transition back into the civilian world and help support their families while they are on a deployment

"We may not have the right answers to every situation, but we do have the resources to help that person find what they are looking for to get them what they need," said David Smith, Norwood Young America Yellow Ribbon Committee Chairmen "When one of our community Service members or their family comes to us with some way that we can help them we know where we can reach out to for them"

If your community is not yet a Yellow Ribbon community, contact your local Family Assistance Center to become one

December 8, 2013
by Pfc William Boecker
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs



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