Beyond The Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County
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New address of the Isanti County Veterans Service Office.

Oakview Building at 1700 East Rum River Drive, Suite H, Cambridge, MN 55008

This is just west and then north around the corner from the Isanti County Courthouse.

ICBYR Task Force Members,
We have received the enclosed letter from Task Force member                  Bruce Danielson and are sending it forward to you.

If you would like more information on the Veterans Memorial Park and ways you can donate, visit their website at:

ICBYR Executive Board



Fellow ICBYR members,


Have you seen the progress at the Veteran’s Memorial Park? It is so exciting!  If you’re like me, you’re asking how you could contribute to this great endeavor ...


I asked Jim Rostberg that question and he said none of the 12 trees had been purchased yet.  They are $400 apiece (planted) and I sent some money in toward that first tree. Would you want to do the same?  Not $400 maybe, but whatever you’d send would accumulate to buy some of those trees.


How neat would it be if the trees, in large part, were bought by members of our ICBYR?


If interested, send any amount you are comfortable sending to: 



PO Box 254

Cambridge, MN 55008


And specify you want it used toward the trees.  They are hoping to dedicate the Park in September ... wouldn’t it be great if the trees were bought and planted by then.


Do what you can; I am so proud to be a member of this organization with you!


A Big Fan,

Bruce Danielson

Veterans Memorial Park in Cambridge. For more information click Here



Military Family Support Resources   (note, goes to an over seas website. It does seem safe though) National program that finds homes for dogs while their owners are deployed. 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 (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. has a page on tobacco's effects on veterans and how to help our troops live longer and healthier after serving

Blue Star Mothers Local chapter for Isanti County contact. MN Blue Star Mothers Chapter 16 P.O. Box 258 Pine City, MN 55063 Also on facebook PineCityBlueStarMoms check out their web site for registration details

Hero 2 Hired A Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program 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

Positively Minnesota Work Force Center 140 Buchanan St. N Suite 152 Cambridge, MN 55008 (763) 279-4471 1-888-4285627 Charlie Armentrout 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

State Civil Service

County Jobs

City Jobs

Private Sector Jobs

Minnesota Works 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 Find employers with federal contracts nationwide. These employers are mandated to recruit veterans.

Obtaining Veteran Documents and Credentials

Military Transcripts:



Air Force

Coast Guard

Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET -DD2586) Contact your local CVSO or visit

Discharge From Active Duty (DD-214) call your CSVO or visit

Credentialing Opportunities On-Line


Transfer military training into civilian certifications

Identify Occupational Skills and Research Careers

ISEEK (Minnesota's Career, Education and Business Information System) 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) 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 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. Network with other veterans

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

State of Minnesota Veterans Education Programs

Vocational Rehabilitation

Federal Veteran Program (VR&E)
or (612) 970-5440

State Programs call (651) 296-5616

Education Assistance on a Minnesota college campus call

(612) 625-7620 or

Employment Rights and Benefits

Reemployment Rights
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.

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

or call 1-888-546-5838

County Veterans Service Officer statewide listings


Our leadership programs invest in veterans nationwide to create stronger communities. Through our programs, you’ll join a team of the most compassionate, driven and welcoming people you’ve ever known. You’ll be challenged to learn new skills, apply those skills in your life, and join a network of like-minded veterans spanning from coast to coast.


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


Alicia M. Downs, MSW
National Outreach Manager
The Mission Continues | 1100 H St NW Suite 250 | Washington, DC 20005
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



You Tube video link explining the program.
Deploying Veterans on new missions in their community, leaving a legacy of service and inspiring current & future generations to serve!


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.

• 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).

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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