WSP - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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West St. Paul became an official Yellow Ribbon Community in 2012.

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.

The WSP Yellow Ribbon Campaign exists as part of the State-wide Yellow Ribbon Network to provide resources to members of the military and their families. We also provide resources to Veterans who previously served in the Military.

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. This regiment will be deploying in 2020 and are gearing up for that deployment now.

The deployment is expected to last one year. Families are preparing for that now and we will be here to help the families while their services members are fighting for us.

Look for ways to help support our infantry division and their families in 2020. We will reach out for volunteers through the City’s newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter account and website as it gets closer.

SSP Veterans YR Donations


With the generosity of West St. Paul Cub Foods and Pace’s Tire and Auto Service – the WSP and SSP BTYR Networks were able to provide some necessary help to a South St. Paul couple who are both Veterans.

April, 2019

WSP Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee:

Chair: Sherrie Le – 651-552-4108
Vice Chair: Melissa Pond-Benish
Secretary/Treasurer: Shirley Buecksler
Business Liaison Officer: Ed Iago
Elected Official: Bob Pace

Contact 
651-259-2614
yellowribbon@wspmn.gov

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