Group aims to tie a yellow ribbon in Rosemount
A local group is aiming to make Rosemount a Yellow Ribbon City. The application has been sent off and now it's up to the Minnesota National Guard to give its blessing.
In the meantime, the group plans to keep helping military personnel, veterans and their families.
The aim of being a Yellow Ribbon City is to connect resources to help military personnel and their families adjust to life after deployment.
Don Sinnwell, a veteran who is leading the effort to get the designation, said it's not easy coming home.
"Ten percent have problems reintegrating and we want to be there for them. The rest come home and have to find jobs or have other issues and we want to be there for them too," said Sinnwell.
The committee, which consists of about 15 people, came up with an action plan that links organizations and entities in the community to help veterans. The group has identified schools, law enforcement and city hall.
Sinnwell said the group turned in a plan a while back and the National Guard sent back suggestions on how to improve upon it. On March 15 the city council gave its support to submit a revised version of the plan.
Getting the designation as a Yellow Ribbon City will show veterans throughout the area that there is group of people and business committed to helping veterans, said mayor Bill Droste.
"It shows strong community support and I think that's important," said Droste.
The committee is already working to provide that support. On March 29 the group sponsored a workshop called "How we can support military families in our midst."
The workshop was aimed at helping law enforcement officers, pastors, school counselors and other professionals identify service members and their families. Members of the Minnesota National Guard Deployment Cycle Support staff provided insight on what service members and their families are facing.
Sinnwell said the committee will continue to look for ways ways it can help the community provide for returning service members. The committee hopes to help veterans from throughout the area, not just Rosemount.
While it's easy to find the members of the National Guard, Sinnwell said the group wants to reach out to all members of the military who have connections to the Rosemount area.
"We need to identify people who aren't known. We are here to help all veterans," said Sinnwell.
City administrator Dwight Johnson said the city is a supporting member of the Yellow Ribbon effort and hopes to see it come to fruition. As a city, he said, it's important to support efforts that involve residents.
While they are playing the waiting game at present, Sinnwell said the Rosemount Yellow Ribbon committee is looking for more people to get involved in it the effort. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at city hall.
Anyone interested can email Sinnwell at at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 651-261-0499.