Spouses and friends of three military men recently deployed were among 58 guests who attended the second military family dinner, sponsored by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Elk River.
They were introduced and thanked at the dinner, sponsored by Living Waters Church.
Following the dinner, Eugene Graff, Sherburne County Veterans Service officer with an office in the Sherburne County Courthouse, explained how he can help veterans. He urged them to contact him to see if they are eligible for Veterans Administration health benefits.
Ralph Donais of Elk River, who lobbies for veterans benefits at the State Capitol, said a little-known law that passed last session allows business owners to hire only veterans without being sued. Donais is chair of the United Veterans Legislative Council.
Donais also said he’s backing a bill that will protect Yellow Ribbon volunteers who assist veterans.
He said there are 51 bills involving veterans at the Capitol, and he’s urging Gov. Mark Dayton to have a Veterans Omnibus bill containing all of the bills so each doesn’t have to go through the legislative process.
Henry Griner, a member of the Yellow Ribbon Faith-based committee, organized the dinner at Living Waters Church. The dinners are intended to bring members of military families together to discuss mutual concerns.
Another dinner is planned for May 13 at St. Andrew’s Church.