Friends of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Friends of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon


On Friday, September 16th, 2011, Watonwan County was declared a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon county by Governor Mark Dayton. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Servicemembers and their families with community support, training, services and resources.

A committee is putting together a “Resource Book” for the families of deployed Soldiers, Servicemembers and Veterans to access in times of need.  Whether it is for home projects, yard projects, finance care and more – they will have easy access to a contact person who can provide support information.

Friends of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is not looking for free services, but rather, individuals, business, and organizations willing to provide services any time of any day of the week.

Please consider what services, talents, hobbies you or your business are able to provide and consider sharing those resources with a military family.  We have offered a guide of services we know may be needed, but you may have other ways of helping, so share those ideas with us.  Every connection counts, even a card or a phone call on a birthday, holiday, or even a random day to just say “hey, I am thinking about you” can make a difference in a childs, spouses, or parents day.

To become a Friend of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, please complete this application:  BTYR Application

Please return your completed application to:

Jennie Firchau
c/o St. James Chamber of Commerce
518 First Ave South
St. James, MN 56081

Thank you for your kind consideration.  If you have questions, concerns, or need assistance, visit the Watonwan County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website at, or contact:

Joe McCabe

Jennie Firchau

Deb Grote, Veterans Services Officer


Other Print Resources:

Family Support Poster:  BTYR RF Flyer

Sample of the sign you will be provided as a Friend of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon:  BTYR Friend

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