Yellow Ribbon dinners designed to make ties

• McCormick wants families of recently deployed and returned soldiers to come as guests in far greater numbers

by Don Heinzman

ECM Publishers

Dick McCormick started free dinners for military servicemen and their families to build relationships among them.

Having served on a Guided Missile Destroyer in Vietnam, McCormick knows many veterans have physical, mental and emotional needs because of the traumatic effects of war and separation from loved ones.

The next in a series of dinners for active military, reservists, National Guard and their families will be from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Living Waters Church, 21246 Meadowvale Road NW, Elk River.

McCormick hopes more families of recently deployed and returned families will attend these dinners.

RSVP by calling 763-241-9682 or  emailing [email protected] by Nov. 13 or just attend.

McCormick is a member of the Faith-Based Committee of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon that sponsors and carries out the dinners.

The first dinners sponsored by churches were successful but attendance has been declining.

“All of us on the Faith-Based Committee want to help meet both the real and felt needs of our military, especially with all that is and is not happening nationally and internationally and we see the dinners as an important part of this process,” McCormick said.