Mendota is part of the Northern Dakota County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network along with West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Lilydale.
What is a Yellow Ribbon Community?
A Yellow Ribbon Community unites all areas within a community to create a comprehensive network that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of proactively supporting Service members, military families, and Veterans.
Why become a Yellow Ribbon Community?
Since 9/11, thousands of Minnesotans have served the country. By developing a Yellow Ribbon Network, communities unite to honor and embrace those affected by military deployments. The outward showing of support enables successful transition all the way home. The community's effort transcends the military to any group in need and builds a stronger, more compassionate community.
How Can We Help?
Short term help with bills
Assistance in complying with code enforcement citations.
Lawn mowing, yard cleanup or snow removal
Financial assistance to repair a major appliance
Gas cards to help get to work or school
Diapers and baby items, Children’s clothing
Holiday toys for kids
Trusted referrals for repairs
Assistance with purchasing a used vehicle or getting a vehicle repaired
Help with moving
National Guard 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment
We also provide assistance to the National Guard Second Battalion, 135th Infantry Division attached to the West St. Paul Armory.
Northern Dakota County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee for 2020:
Chair: Neil Garlock, Mendota Heights
Vice Chair: Brian Mielke, Mendota
Secretary: Mary Schultz, Lilydale
Treasurer: Shirley Buecksler, West St. Paul
Business Liaison Officer: Ed Iago, West St. Paul
Volunteer Coordinator: Jan Bremner, West St. Paul
Elected Official: West St. Paul Councilmember Bob Pace
If you are a Veteran looking for employment, we may be able to help.
Contact the Yellow Ribbon at: 651-259-2614 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your service!
Key Veteran Resources
24-Hour CRISIS Hotline - 952-891-7171
Dakota County Veterans Services - 651-554-5805
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs - VetLink Support Line 1-888-546-5838 (One Stop Support Center)
US Dept of Veterans Affairs - Minneapolis VA Health Care System - 612-725-2000 / 866-414-5058
Veterans Employment Services - Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
MN Military Family Assistance Center - 651-282-4749
Are you looking for help or wondering how to help someone with mental health issues? Here are several resources in Minnesota for information and support!
NAMI Southeast Minnesota
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
PACER Center, champions for children with disabilities
The ARC Minnesota, disability and public policy advocacy:
United Way 211, search for local resources
Disability Hub MN, a free statewide resource network that helps you solve problems, navigate the system, and plan for your future
SAVE MN, suicide awareness and education:
Minnesota Recovery Connection, advocacy, resources, and support groups:
Scholarships are available annually to Military Members and their family through Folds of Honor
WHO: Military Families
WHAT: Folds of Honor Scholarship Programs
WHERE: Folds of Honor website
WHY: Opportunity for military veteran-families to apply for scholarships opportunities
HOW: To apply, go to the Folds of Honor Scholarship page. Questions can be emailed to Folds of Honor Scholarship.