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Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: Support for Guard and Reserve

Army soldier with Family

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Timothy W. Psaledakis/Released

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) promotes the well-being of members of the National Guard and reserve, their families and communities. Members of the National Guard and reserve often live far from military installations and members of their units. This can make it harder to access support resources, especially after deployment. The YRRP works to connect National Guardsmen, reservists and their families with resources before, during and after deployment. Through YRRP events, these service members and their families can access information and resources, including information about health care, education opportunities, finances and legal benefits.1 Read this article to learn more about how YRRP resources can help you, as well as to find local YRRP events.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Events2

YYRP events have prepared more than 1.1 million members of the National Guard and reserve and their families for all phases of deployment.1 Your commanding officer may inform you of mandatory YRRP events that your entire unit will attend, and you may also choose events on your own, depending on your interests. YRRP events are typically hosted during weekends and cover topics such as:

  • Managing family finances during deployments
  • TRICARE and GI Bill benefits
  • Spiritual guidance through chaplains
  • Legal concerns, such as power of attorney
  • Combat stress and other psychological health concerns
  • Employment and higher education options
  • Referrals to additional support services

YRRP staff work in partnership with the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration as well as local service providers, such as the American Red Cross and veteran service organizations, to identify existing resources and design new programs for service members in each phase of deployment.

Find YRRP Events Near You

Visit the YRRP EventPLUS Portal to navigate through the different deployment-related programs. Look up event information by:2

  • Topic
  • State (map view)
  • Date (calendar view)
  • Points of contact
  • Deployment phase
  • Service component

If you don’t find what you need on the EventPLUS Portal, you can contact your local YRRP event coordinator or ask your commanding officer about additional points of contact. Additionally, mileage reimbursement and child care may be available for certain events, but be sure to check with your local YRRP event coordinator prior to the event to ask about these policies.2,4

The YRRP can help you reduce the stress of transitioning through each phase of deployment, including reintegrating back home after deployment. Attend an YRRP event to connect with your local support community and learn about resources that will help you meet the unique challenges that members of the National Guard, reserve and their families may face.

Additional Resources

Sources

1EventPLUS Portal,” Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. Last accessed Aug. 21, 2014

2Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: Events,” Joint Services Support. Last accessed Aug. 21, 2014

3 Carroway, William. “Yellow Ribbon Programs Assist Soldiers and Families with Reintegration, Jobs,” Georgia National Guard. Published Feb. 2, 2012.

4Yellow Ribbon Program,” Missouri National Guard. Last accessed Aug. 21, 2014.

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