|Service members and their Families
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
|"The ultimate objective of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is to improve the wellness and resiliency of Service members, their employers and military family members. We will do this by building and maintaining partnerships with civilian and governmental agencies. By leveraging those relationships, we will provide the best service, training and support to our Service members and their families. Finally, we will raise awareness of federal, state and local resources available to them during periods of deployment and reintegration."
|- Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash
In 2013, we focused on sustaining the partnerships we have created with civilian and government agencies. By leveraging those established relationships, we can provide the best service, training and support to our Service members and their families.
Minnesota now has 259 total Yellow Ribbon organizations – 23 counties, 202 cities and 34 companies. These organizations commit to supporting Service members, veterans and their families within their communities.
The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program incorporates Family Programs; Youth Programs; Family Assistance Centers; Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Training; Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention; Military Family Life Consultants; the Director of Psychological Health; the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Transition Assistance Advisors.
An important accomplishment of 2013 was getting all of the school districts in Minnesota access to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon K-12 Military Kids Toolkit through our partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education. This toolkit provides a curriculum for schools with resources to support military-connected kids in classrooms.
The Minnesota National Guard’s eight full-time Family Assistance Centers served more than 62,000 military family members in 2013 and submitted 152 grants totaling more than $324,000 to support those in financial crisis. This was accomplished with two fewer family assistance centers in the state than in previous years.
We raised awareness of federal, state and local resources available to Service members and their families during periods of deployment and reintegration. The Yellow Ribbon Readiness Services team developed and executed 18 reintegration events, positively impacting nearly 2,300 service members and their families.
Employment of service members and veterans remains an important priority. Business and community partners from across Minnesota ensure service members and families have access to the most up-to-date information on topics such as small business assistance, tax rules and benefits, veterans benefits and employment development.
Key partners include the Small Business Administration, local and regional chambers of commerce, the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development, Veterans Affairs, and Labor.
The Minnesota National Guard was recognized for our success with a 2013 Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America for an interagency communication program titled “Hire Minnesota’s Veterans.”
Lastly, the Minnesota National Guard is postured to meet the current and future needs of our Service members and their families. We have a vested interest in the well-being of our men and women in uniform and are committed to providing the services needed to ensure they are ready and resilient to meet the challenges ahead.