The DoD Resource that National Guard and Reserve Families Need to Check Out!

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All About the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP)

Oftentimes it can seem that there are not enough resources for the families of those serving in the national guard and the reserves, but the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program does just that. This DoD program, aligned under the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, was created in 2008 to help promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and their communities.

What Does the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Do?

This program will connect them with resources through the entire deployment cycle. From the pre-deployment stage, the actual time deployed, and the reintegration period after a deployment is over. This is a much-needed resource for this community, especially since family members can be miles away from other military communities. Each reserve component will implement the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for their service members and families. 

What Does the YRRP Offer?

The YRRP program offers Yellow Ribbon events where service members and their families can connect with local resources during all phases of a deployment. At these events, you can find resources and information on health care, education and training opportunities, financial topics, legal benefits, and more. These events are mostly in-person but they also offer online events. Due to COVID, some in-person events might be online. You can easily search for events in your area based on your state. The search will let you know what phase of the deployment the event is for as well as the hosting unit or command.

It is also important to note that some Yellow Ribbon events can be mandatory for the service member. There can also be reimbursement of travel expenses if the event is more than 50 miles from where the service member and family lives. The service member will need to check with their command about what they are required to do.

YRRP Offers Online Classes, too

The DoD works with partners like the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor, and Veterans Affairs to provide up-to-date and relevant information for this program. And, in addition to the Yellow Ribbon events, the website offers many online classes to attend. Some examples are:

  • “Acing the Interview”
  • “Are You Ready? Being Prepared for Deployment”
  • “ Financial Literacy: Investing For Beginners”

In addition, you can also find articles on employment, finances, PTSD and TBI, community outreach, and more.

Make Sure to Check Out the Reintegration Program

If you are a National Guard or Reserve family, make sure you check out the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. The resources can help you and your family, no matter where you are in the deployment cycle. 

 

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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.