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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:
VETERAN’S MEMORIAL PARK
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,
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)
www.dogsondeployment.org National program that finds homes for dogs while their owners are deployed.
www.eagleshealingnest.org 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Assistance finding employment. Assistance with hiring veterans.
Minnesota Veterans Employment Services
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/information_and_jobs/jobs/index.php
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
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
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) 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
State of Minnesota Veterans Education Programs http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/education.htm
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.
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
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:
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!!
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
Platoon Leader ~ St. Paul Service Platoon
Fellowship Alumni ~ Bravo 2012
The Mission Continues
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