Beyond The Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County
Our Facebook page
Now on twitter @BYRIsanti
www.dogsondeployment.org National program that finds homes for dogs while their owners are deployed.

www.eagleshealingnest.com A non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of our veterans, service members and their families who suffer from the invisible wounds of war. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs.

Free Urns for Veterans
A non profit group provides free burial urns for veteran's families. They are based in Anoka, MN.
Visit their web site or contact SSG Lina Knox at (651) 592-2428 or lina.montour@va.gov (OIF 2008-2010). They offer a lot of programs and activities for veterans of all ages and tours.
A Chance To Grow has teamed up with the Homecoming for Veterans (HC4V) project, a force dedicated to providing EEG Biofeedback training for Veterans in need with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms at NO COST.

EEG Biofeedback is a cutting-edge tool for individuals suffering from PTSD. It is a drug-free, non-invasive brain exercising technique. Veterans who have been through the program have shown tremendous positive benefits with sleep problems, anxiety, pain, irritability, anger and rage, as well as cognitive deficits. The training can also help soldiers recover from drug, alcohol, and tobacco dependency.

Please contact A Chance To Grow for further information 612-789-1236.

QuitDay.org has a page on tobacco's effects on veterans and how to help our troops live longer and healthier after serving https://quitday.org/support/veterans-quit-smoking/

Blue Star Mothers Local chapter for Isanti County contact.

pinecitybluestarmoms@gmail.com MN Blue Star Mothers Chapter 16 P.O. Box 258 Pine City, MN 55063 Also on facebook PineCityBlueStarMoms

www.militarychild.org check out their web site for registration details

Hero 2 Hired A Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

www.vets4warriors.com 1-855-VET-TALK Online support for veterans and service members.

Sight For Soldiers Program Allina Hospital and Phillips Eye Institute team up to provide free laser correction surgery for members in the National Guard and Reserves.
G.I. Bill Official web site

Disabled Veterans Rest Camp (651) 433-2699 Camping for all service members and their families. Call or visit web site for discounts based on rank.

Outward Bound 1-866-467-7651 Free 5-7 day wilderness expeditions! All OEF or OIF veterans qualify. Call or click for details.

Operation Minnesota Nice Packaging and mailing "care packages" to service members serving overseas.

Military One Source 1-800-342-9647 a 24/7 resource for service members.

Minnesota Military Family Foundation (763) 544-2255. Distributes money through grants and loans to Minnesota military families of deployed soldiers that need a little help.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 1-800-336-4590 They gain and maintain support for Guard and Reserve service members.

Family Assistance Center (320) 616-3117 or (320) 412-6068 Tami Klucas. (651) 282-4055 Jonell Wilson
Nation wide care packages and apparel
The Work Connection Job placement and job services. 120 North Main St. Cambridge, MN 55008 (763) 689-6979 Pam Gilley-Borchardt

Trust Vets a resource to find businesses owned by veterans. Joe Johnson (612) 799-8397 Joe@trustvets.com facebook.com/trustvets

Positively Minnesota Work Force Center 140 Buchanan St. N Suite 152 Cambridge, MN 55008 (763) 279-4471 1-888-4285627 Charlie Armentrout charlie.armentrout@state.mn.us Assistance finding employment. Assistance with hiring veterans.

Minnesota Veterans Employment Services

Updated 5-18-2010

Finding Job Opportunities

Government/Civil Service Jobs

Federal Civil Service www.usajobs.gov/

State Civil Service http://www.careers.state.mn.us/

County Jobs http://www.mncounties.org/employment.html

City Jobs http://www.lmc.org/page/1/city-jobs.jsp

Private Sector Jobs

Minnesota Works https://www.minnesotaworks.net/ Free statewide job bank for Minnesota employers and job seekers. To find veteran friendly employers hiring, type in "veteran friendly" in the search box.

Vet Central http://www.jobcentral.com/vetcentral/ Find employers with federal contracts nationwide. These employers are mandated to recruit veterans.

Obtaining Veteran Documents and Credentials

Military Transcripts:

Army

Navy/Marines https://smart.navy.mil/smart/dodMandatoryBanner.do

Air Force http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/

Coast Guard http://www.uscg.mil/hr/cgi/

Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET -DD2586) Contact your local CVSO or visit https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp

Discharge From Active Duty (DD-214) call your CSVO or visit
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
Army https://www.cool.army.mil/

Navy https://www.cool.navy.mil/

Transfer military training into civilian certifications

Identify Occupational Skills and Research Careers

ISEEK (Minnesota's Career, Education and Business Information System) http://www.iseek.org Research labor market information for occupations in Minnesota. Here you can find occupational employment outlook, hiring practices, required certifications and training, average wages, and take a career assessment.

Occupational Information Network (O*NET) http://online.onetcenter.org Click on crosswalk then military to find skills related to your military experience or click on Find Occupations to find key tasks and skills needed for any occupation, which can be helpful when writing a resume or preparing for an interview.

Career One Stop http://www.careeronestop.org Click on Military Transition to convert military skills to civilian skills, or click on Job Search and use Employer Locator tool to find potential employers.

Military.com http://benefits.military.com/vcn/search.do Network with other veterans

Federal Veterans Education call 1-888-442-4551 or click

http://www.gibill.va.gov/

State of Minnesota Veterans Education Programs http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/education.htm

Vocational Rehabilitation

Federal Veteran Program (VR&E) https://www.vetsuccess.gov
or (612) 970-5440

State Programs call (651) 296-5616

Education Assistance on a Minnesota college campus call

(612) 625-7620 or http://mymilitaryeducation.org

Employment Rights and Benefits

Reemployment Rights www.dol.gov/elaws/userra.htm
for violations call Kevin Nagel at (651) 259-7511

Veterans Employment Services at Minnesota's Work Force Centers

Work Force Center - To locate a Work Force Center near
you or to contact your local Veterans Employment Rep.

http://positivelyminnesota.com/jobseekers/veterans

or call 1-800-GET-JOBS

Services at the Work Force Center include: Assistance seeking

employment, help preparing and reviewing your resume,

referrals to various veteran services, guidance in understanding

job search, converting military skills to civilian language, free

work shops such as the creative job search, transition assistance

program, bonding assistance where required for employment.

Minnesota Veteran Benefits and Services "One Stops"

Minnesota Veterans Services www.minnesotaveteran.org

or call 1-888-546-5838

County Veterans Service Officer statewide listings

http://mnveteranservice.org/documents/cvso.html

The Mission Continues has an immediate need to award 5 Fellowships for the rapidly approaching Fellowship Charlie Class 2016 by the end of APRIL 2016 for qualifying Minnesota Veterans!! The posted deadline for Charlie Class 2016 is April 11, 2016, but The Mission Continues is extending that to no later than April 27, 2016 for our Minnesota veterans!

Once selected, all veterans across the nation will attend a 3-day fully paid Orientation course and Charlie Class and The Mission Continues staff will be holding the July 2016 Orientation course in Minneapolis!! This is a BIG DEAL as these Orientations are only hosted in four cities across the country per year.
I'm including much more detailed information regarding the Fellowship Program below.

The link to use to apply is:

https://www.missioncontinues.org/fellowships/
A big portion of the Fellowship application process is identifying a non-profit organization the veteran will engage and help for 6-months. At first this may seem daunting, but I am offering my services and will make it my mission in life to help any veteran search and identify an organization. I'm including my personal contact information below; feel free to provide for a veteran needing help! Also, I'm providing contact information for Alicia Downs, National Outreach Manager for The Mission Continues as well; Alicia can help with the application process.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I truly hope we can help some of our local veterans make a successful and rewarding transition here at home!!

In Service,

Liz Skilbeck

CONTACTS:

Alicia M. Downs, MSW
National Outreach Manager
The Mission Continues | 1100 H St NW Suite 250 | Washington, DC 20005
Email: adowns@missioncontinues.org
O: 240.752.6847 | M: 202.670.5307 | F: 314.571.6227

Liz Skilbeck
Platoon Leader ~ St. Paul Service Platoon
Fellowship Alumni ~ Bravo 2012
The Mission Continues
M: 651-955-7200

Deploying Veterans on new missions in their community, leaving a legacy of service and inspiring current & future generations to serve!

THE MISSION CONTINUES FELLOWSHIP

A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions.

Before beginning the fellowship, Fellows attend a three-day Fellowship Orientation, joining other post-9/11 veterans from their Fellowship Class for a weekend of training, service and camaraderie. Upon returning home from orientation, Fellows officially begin their fellowships at their host organizations.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A FELLOWSHIP?
• Fellows must have served in the United States Military after September 11, 2001, having attained an honorable discharge after a minimum of 24 months of time in military service (unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service).
• Fellows may no longer be serving on Active Duty or serving in the National Guard or Reserve (IRR/ING status is acceptable).
• A clean criminal record is also required (individual circumstances may be discussed on a case-by-case basis).

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MISSION CONTINUES FELLOW?
Every Mission Continues Fellow applies to the program for unique reasons. Additional benefits include:
• Connection with other veterans in your community and across the nation by:
o Attending the Fellowship Orientation at the beginning of your six months of service
o Planning and attending service projects, bringing veterans and civilians together to benefit your community
o Speaking on behalf of your host organization and The Mission Continues at career fairs, on veteran’s panels, or through specific media opportunities
• Development of professional skills and network
• Translation of military-based skills to civilian workforce
• A cost-of-living stipend provided by The Mission Continues
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