Yellow Ribbon Program Vision:
A ready and resilient National Guard and Reserve Force successfully navigating the challenges of deployments.
What is it?|
[There is a great program overview video on their website, check it out.]
This program is an effort by the Department of Defense, to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Through Yellow Ribbon events, service members and loved ones connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. Reintegration during post-deployment (30, 60, and 90 days) is a critical time for members of the Guard and Reserve, as they often live far from military installations and members of their units. Commanders and leaders play a critical role in assuring that Reserve service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon events where they can access information on health care, education/training opportunities, financial, and legal benefits. The YRRP works with federal partners, including the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor, and Veterans Affairs office to provide relevant information to the members of the National Guard, Reserve, and their families.
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is organized under the under the Family and Employer Programs and Policy Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
Request a Speaker for your Deployment Readiness Event
The Yellow Ribbon program has a "cadre of speakers" available to speak at a pre-deployment, deployment, or post-deployment/reintegration event. They make it simple to request a speaker on their website; and you can read their biographies ahead of time. They also have an extensive video gallery and a newsletter, The Ribbon: "for those who serve and those who support".
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program looks like a great and comprehensive resource for Reservists, Guard, and their families. As an active duty wife, I also find the videos and resources helpful. I like how structured and thoughtful and available YRRP's sessions and resources are. I would like to see something like this in place for deploying and returning active duty Navy and their families.