Serving our active duty military personnel, veterans & their families.
Regional Yellow Ribbon Program
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members, veterans and their families with community.
What is R5DC's Role?
In an effort to fulfill our mission to “enhance the vitality and quality of life in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties” R5DC is committed to serving as the coordinator of the five-county Regional Yellow Ribbon Program (RYRP). R5DC has expert personal and professional knowledge on project/program development/implementation and strives to achieve maximum regional success for replication of the program throughout the state. A Region Five Development Commission RYRP is an autonomous Advisory Committee from the Commission.
Regional Military & Veteran Exchange (RMVE)
In an effort to coordinate military connected organizations throughout the region, Region Five Development Commission, in partnership with Building Healthy Military Communities, will host the region's first ever Region Five Military and Veteran Exchange. During these meetings there will be an opportunity to network, share resources and learn how organizations can work together to address focused areas that have been identified as top priorities for the military community; mental/physical health, daycare shortage and resource availability.
Mission: Connect existing resources to enhance collaboration
Vision: Know, connect, and sync service providers from across the service eco-system to coordinate timely and holistic care of military, Veterans, families and their caregivers.
The goal of the VetCSA is to improve the overall quality of life for veterans and their families. Participating veterans receive a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food package twice per month, for one year at no cost. This initiative delivers healthy foods and gives additional knowledge and skills on how to prepare them. Building a healthy lifestyle creates a positive effect on physical and mental health. The VetCSA brings veterans, families, growers and communities together, with food coming from Sprout MN and supporting regional growers and ranchers. This project is funded by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) through the (2018 Cycle II) Support Our Troops (SOT) license plate fund grant program. Learn more about VetCSA.
For more details on the MDVA SOT license plate fund grant program, visit:
Minnesota Military & Veterans Exchange
The Minnesota Military & Veterans Exchange (MNme) is a coalition and community project with one simple goal: to create a rallying point for all things related to creating healthier military and prior service communities.
Specifically the website www.mnme.us is being created collaboratively by organizations coming together to support our military connected. We are creating a tool with best in class resources and the right connections for the support needed, rather than an endless list of resources. Check back often and get involved locally in your region.
I am a Vietnam veteran and really appreciate the VetCSA program. The produce, meat, eggs and other food is a great addition to our diet. I'm very impressed by the dedication and honest concern shown by your staff. I can tell Staci likes her job because it shows in the way she does it. I would certainly encourage you to continue this valiant program. Thank you for your time and effort spent in our communities.