Veteran support network celebrates first year

Forest Lake’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon chapter celebrated the one-year anniversary of its formation with a program during Monday’s City Council meeting. In its first year, the network of businesses and individuals has provided service members and their families with home and vehicle maintenance, funds for needed items like daycare and a lawnmower, and even a Christmas party. The chapter also held a community picnic and entered a float in the Fourth of July Parade.

On Monday, members honored those who have helped the cause in the first year with challenge coins, a staple token of the military. Coins were presented to Edina Realty, Whitaker Buick GMC, Roberts Family Funeral Home, the Johnson State Farm agency, Rapid Press, K&B Small Engine Repair, Gator Signs and Mike Egger.

“Many of these businesses and these people gave of themselves and they don’t want recognition, and, as a veteran, I don’t know what we’d do without that,” committee member Krista Goodyear said. “The city of Forest Lake and the businessses should be very proud of your community.”

The chapter meets at 4:30 p.m on the third Thursday of each month at the American Legion.