Jason Smith was working at a welding shop in Ohio when he decided to enlist in the Army in 2009 so he could get out of his small town and see the world.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
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.
The Blaine Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group has been looking for ways to help military veterans, current service members and their families since it received official designation from Gov. Mark Dayton in May 2012.
Approximately 75 people gathered at the Green Haven Golf and Banquet Center in Anoka over nine months ago to kick off an effort to find ways to help military service members and their families through the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.
The communities of Andover, Anoka, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Ramsey want to work together to form a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network that would support veterans, current service members and their families.
Anoka County communities will be making another effort at becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon support network.
When Blaine officially became a Yellow Ribbon Community in May, it was recognized as a community that will make organized efforts to assist current military servicemembers and veterans.