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Fort Minnesota Recognized and designated by the Minnesota National Guard and Beyond The Yellow Ribbon.

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Exciting News and a Legacy Program for Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast MN!

Supporting Resiliency in Our Military Children and Adolescents is a new online course designed to introduce educators, caregivers and mental health professionals to the military culture framework as well as the impact military deployment has on the child at different developmental stages. Methods for supporting the child and family in the classroom as well as at home will be explored.

Click here to explore the online course.

Through a common knowledge base, educators, caregivers and mental health professionals can begin to encourage continuation of working together to support and strengthen resilience in children and adolescents from military families.

This course is offered without charge to the participating professional due to support from Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota and Tee It Up for the Troops.

Find us on Facebook We would love your feedback! If you are an educator or other professional who is interested and able to access this program, please share your thoughts on our Facebook page!

April Special Events

April is both Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month. In recognition of this occasion Minnesota Senator Al Franken is hosting the 3rd Annual Children 's Military Poetry Contest. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Veteran in My Life." Senator Franken hopes to recognize the extraordinary work of Minnesota men and women who serve our country.

The Celebrating the Veteran in My Life poetry contest is open to all children in grades K-12 throughout Minnesota, with three age categories of grades K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Children can celebrate ANY veteran or active military member, including a relative, family friend, teacher, neighbor, etc. who has had a positive impact on the child's life.

Poetry Contest Rules and information:

  • Participants may only submit 1 entry per person to or by mail to: Office of Senator Al Franken c/o 'Poetry Contest' 60 Plato Blvd., Suite 220 Saint Paul, MN 55107
  • Poem maximum word count of 250 words, no minimum word count
  • Entry must be submitted by April 18, 2014 and must have name of child, child's grade, parent/guardian name, address, phone number, and name of school
  • Entries will be judged based on six criteria, including: Relevance to Theme, Creativity, Judge 's Impression, Fluency, Structure, and Technical Excellence

Top winners in each category will be selected to receive the following:

  • Invitation to join me at a reception in my St. Paul office along with my special guest judges: Minnesota Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Larry Shellito; Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen; Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, Major General Rick Nash; and Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius.
  • Press release of winning poem and photo from reception sent to local newspaper (with parent/guardian authorization)
  • Grand Prize: 151 place winning poems in each age category will be displayed at my office. First place winners will also receive an autographed book by Minnesota author and host of "Prairie Home Companion" Garrison Keillor.

All are encouraged to participate in this year's Celebrating the Veteran in My Life Poetry contest! If you have any questions or need additional information, please email or call his office at 651-221-1016.

Events Updated

Please check out our EVENTS CALENDAR page for new and updated military family and public events!

Recent AwardsCommunity Partnership Award from New Horizon Academy

Thank you to New Horizon Academy for your work to earn this wonderful honor. We take our role seriously and hope to continue earning the trust of our families and Military partners. We are honored to have your support!

Training For Veterans

The Employment Action Center assists thousands of people each year in seeking a new job, a better job or a whole new career, offering free training in select manufacturing and office/accounting courses. In addition to the courses below, the EAC helps veterans obtain comparable re-employment through training and job search services.

Offered courses:
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Training Core Manufacturing 101
  • Core Manufacturing 102
  • Business & Computer Application Specialist Training
  • Accounting Support Training

Learn more about courses offered by the EAC and how to contact an EAC near you by viewing the EAC Program Flyer linked here.

For assistance, contact your Local Veterans Employment Representative at this linked website.

Family Assistance Center Open in Rochester

The Rochester Family Assistance Center (FAC) is located at the Rochester Training and Community Center at 1715 Marion Road, Southeast in Rochester will be staffed Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 3p.m. To contact them, call 651-268-8587.

Family programs established that there was a need to expand our Family Assistance centers in Southeast Minnesota, with Rochester selected as the best fit for the new office. The FAC will start off as a part-time office with the potential to grow into a full-time office, should the need arise. All calls to the new Rochester offices will be able to speak to a Family Assistance Center Specialist 24 hours a day, as the phones will be rolled to one of our full-time staff when the office is closed.

The FAC staff provides information and referrals to local resources as well as state and federal military support programs. FAC support staff are trained professionals that understand the challenges associated with the military lifestyle. When challenges occur, you need timely and accurate information, compassion and reliable support. No matter what challenges arise, the military family can be assured that the Family Assistance Center will help with solutions. There now 11 FACs in Minnesota. When you include the Air Guard and Reserve assistance offices there are 14 offices state wide to assist military families.

Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors and Community Service Partners:


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota is focused on serving and supporting service men and women and their families who are currently serving on Active Duty or are in the National Guard or Reserves. No matter what branch of service, we are committed to helping those service members who live in Rochester, Olmsted County and the surrounding Southeast Minnesota region. Our motto is simply:

"Serving Military families living in our midst."

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota is part of the Minnesota National Guard Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network. This network helps connect schools, local units of government, law enforcement, social services, churches, civic and volunteer organizations for the special needs of a military family before, during and after deployment. For more information about the Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network, go to

Welcome to Rochester!

Rochester Minnesota, a Beyond The Yellow Ribbon cityLook for them on your next trip! Rochester has signage indicating a connection with Beyond The Yellow Ribbon! The sign pictured here is at the north end of Highway 52, attached to the City of Rochester main sign. Other signs are found at the entrance highways to the city!

One of our most-recent events, Community Pride Showcase, at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair. Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota was awarded with one of 30 community organization prizes, and our participation is at approximately 7:00 into the video.

A 20-minute look at the elements within Minnesota's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Deployment Cycle Support Team.

This video features testimonies from three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and their families about the reintegration process that they personally experienced.

Please click on the video, then click the start button on bottom-left.

Deployment Cycle Support Documentary - 1 of 2


Deployment Cycle Support Documentary - 2 of 2
"A Mother's Prayer" - Peggy Mann, 2010
Sisterhood Luncheon, May 8, 2010
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