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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Paul Torkelson (R)

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
ST. PAUL –State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Watonwan County) is pleased the effort is underway to bring new resources to past and current Brown County military members and their families. On February 1, Torkelson joined other elected officials and concerned citizens to discuss making Brown County an official “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” county. The program builds an enduring network of support for service members and their families while serving their country and when they return home. “This is a wonderful program that brings the resources of a county together in a way that supports the military member as well as their spouses and children,” Torkelson said. The intent of the program is to allow every Brown County past and present service member and their family to successfully deal with the effects of combat and operational stress. Soldiers and their families often don’t ask for help, Torkelson said, which is why it’s important to raise awareness of the effort and encourage people to get involved. “Business owners, churches, teachers, even youth organizations can help make a difference in this program,” Torkelson said. “I strongly encourage Brown County residents to take part in any way they can.” For more information on how you can help, contact Jerry Bentz, Chair of the Brown County Citizens Committee, at 507-359-1247.