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Minnesota National Guard Presents Yellow Ribbon Company Seminar

Yellow Ribbon company summit GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn - A recent Yellow Ribbon company conference started with a moving flag ceremony put on by veteran employees of the seminar's host, Allianz The March 6, 2015, event focused on the many ways companies can support their veteran employees Along with mini-seminars from Allianz staff, Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General and Senator Amy Klobuchar were able to impress upon the companies attending how much employer support is important to veterans

"Minnesota's Yellow Ribbon company and community program is not only making a difference here, but across the nation," said Nash "This model to synchronize military support efforts has demonstrated effectiveness in meeting the needs of Service members, veterans and their family members"

According to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website: A Yellow Ribbon Company is a broad, organizationally-structured company with national, regional and statewide influence In addition, a Yellow Ribbon Company needs to contain essential areas including a Human Resource Recruiting and Policy and Procedure Department, Training and Development and Community and Employee Outreach and Support Departments A Yellow Ribbon Company unites all key areas within a company structure to create a comprehensive network that connects and coordinates these areas throughout the company for the purpose of proactively supporting Service Members and military families

"Your partnership has not only allowed us to define solutions to veteran unemployment in Minnesota, it has given us an opportunity to share best practices to support military employee and community support efforts across the state," said Nash

"It's not just the fine Service members that we have in Minnesota, it's also the support that we get for the companies, not only for Guard and Reserve ,but all of the military and their families," said Klobuchar

During the seminar Allianz staff shared information about life best practices and gave an introspective look at facilitated networks and best practice sharing They also heard from the host for Minnesota Military Radio, Tom Lyons who spoke about the show's conception and how the weekly show explores and informs on topics that relate to current military, veterans, employers and family members The show is in its fifth year and is on 22 stations across the state

The fast-paced seminar ended with Senator Klobuchar talking to the companies about their efforts with Yellow Ribbon and how the program has changed She said that the focus for military members has evolved to making sure Soldiers have jobs when they come home and that their jobs in the military can be translated to civilian employment The Senator finished the event with a thank you to the Yellow Ribbon companies

"Thank you for what you're doing, not just one day a year like Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but what you're doing every single day," said Klobuchar "What you are doing to show these Soldiers and families that our state stands up for them, stands by their side and has their back"

March 12, 2015
by Staff Sgt John Angelo
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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