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Ten Things You Should Know About Today's Student Veteran

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With our military out of Iraq, and funding for global military operations on the decline, thousands of newly discharged men and women are trying to figure out "What's next?" Most of our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors joined the military before their 21st birthday, and it's often the only job they've ever held. While it's true they've received extensive training during their years of service, it's often fairly narrow in scope and not immediately translatable to civilian employment. 

The answer for a record number of new veterans is higher education, for several reasons. Many joined the military with the ultimate goal of college, and the two G.I. Bills can help them afford an education that would otherwise be out of reach. Others are now more worldly and mature, and can see the value in a higher education that their younger, less experienced selves never saw. Still others use college as a kind of buffer between the highly structured military life they've led and our "every-man-for-himself " civilian world. 

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Official Proclamation a great milestone for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River
On March 30th, 2012 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River received their official proclamation recognizing us as a Yellow Ribbon organization from Governor Dayton and General Nash at a ceremony held at Trinity Evangelical Church in Lakeville MN. This event was hosted by the Lakeville BTYR chapter. The approval of our detailed action plan resulted in the cities of Savage, Shakopee, Belle Plaine, New Prague, Prior Lake, Jordan and Scott County itself being recognized. Elko New Market will be receiving their recognition in the near future. We celebrated with an open house held at the Prior Lake VFW Club immediately following this event. Our 2012 plan includes doubling our membership and opening a veterans support center. Also planned for 2012 are two ice cream socials to be served during drill weekend, Military Appreciation Day on September 8 (Lions Park, Shakopee) a military symposium with a medical focus, two major fundraisers, and continuing our work at Fisher House (cooking a meal once per month). 

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Congressman John Kline
Congressman John Kline presented Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River with a Star of the North Congressional Award on Thursday February 23rd at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. The Star of the North Award if presented to those nominated for their selfless acts of kindness and generosity. BTYR SOTR was nominated for part in helping a military member finish a home construction project after his deployment was moved up and he ran out of time to complete the project.

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Adjutant General Richard C. Nash

Richard C. Nash spoke at the general meeting of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River on Tuesday Feb 7th. Adj General Nash spoke about efforts to prepare our military service members for their return home and the challenges they may face seeking entry back into the civilian workforce. He praised Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River for the work being done in Scott County. Adj General Nash and Annette Kuyper presented a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for our efforts.

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2011 was a very busy year for:

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River. Our organization easily doubled its membership, officially became a 501c3 Non-profit Charity and hosted many successful events. A few of the key events that took place this past year were the first annual Military Appreciation Day in Shakopee, and the Military Symposium in Prior Lake. To view photo galleries from these events as well as galleries from service projects, fundraisers and many other projects that took place last year. 

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