Tom Newland has heard a lot of great stories about what businesses do to thank veterans for their service, but it is hard to know who will help out unless asked.
To make it more identifiable what businesses have special deals in place for veterans, the Blaine Yellow Ribbon Support Network and MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce will be distributing decals that can be prominently displayed at Blaine businesses.
“We think decals are inexpensive, unobtrusive and they seem to work,” said Newland, who owns the Blaine-based Allegra Print & Imaging company that designed and will print the decals.
Newland is also on the Blaine Yellow Ribbon Support Network’s steering committee that consists of local volunteers who are trying to organize a comprehensive list of what community members do to help veterans and their families so they have an easier time finding what they need.
According to a press release, the MetroNorth Chamber will distribute the decals after businesses have shared how they help military families. This can go beyond discounts on services provided. A business providing volunteers for events that support service members would be another prime example.
Businesses that are interested in displaying a decal must email their story of what they do to help veterans, servicemembers and their families to chamber president Lori Higgins at [email protected]
Rebecca Olson, who is the assistant to Blaine City Manager Clark Arneson and heads Blaine’s Yellow Ribbon group, said the idea was bounced around after hearing of another Yellow Ribbon group doing something similar.
“Since we formed this support network, local Blaine businesses have been an integral part in helping us support our local military members and their families,” Olson said. “They have continuously stepped up to offer services, discounts, donations and volunteers helping us make this support network successful and sustainable.”
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]