The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort 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 is a critical time for members of the National Guard and Reserve, as they often live far from military installations and other 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 and training opportunities, financial, and legal benefits. We work in government and non-government partners, including the Small Business Administration and Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs, to provide up-to-date and relevant information to the members of the All-Volunteer force and their families.
Soldiers and family members gathered in Anaheim, Ca to learn more about resources as they prepare or return from deployment.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program logoThe Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is a congressionally mandated program authorized by the 2008 National Defense Authorizations Act (NDAA).  The purpose of the program is to serve Army Reserve Soldiers and Families throughout deployment cycles by providing education on and access to the plethora of resources available to them as they prepare for, execute, and return from deployment or mobilization. YRRP’s congressional mandate was updated by the 2016 NDAA to provide Soldiers and Families critical information and services on health, well-being, referral, and outreach resources available throughout the deployment cycle.  YRRP services are delivered in four distinct phases.

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Soldiers attend a Pre-Deployment Event 45 days before deployment or mobilization.  This is a mandatory requirement for Soldiers deploying or mobilizing for the first time.  Soldiers also have the option to bring one (1) guest with them to attend the event.  Pre-deployment events focus on providing education and information to ensure the Readiness of the unit, their Families, employers, and the affected communities for the rigors of deployment and the challenges of family separation.  The events will provide Soldiers and their designated representative an understanding of the available support programs and how each phase of deployment is connected.  The Pre-Deployment Event addresses issues in a proactive manner in order to build resilience and knowledge.  This enables the Soldiers and Families to have resources and information throughout deployment and reintegration phase.

YRRP continues support of Families through all phases of deployment.  Roughly 180 days into deployment or mobilization Families will receive a magazine that includes descriptions of and information on the many resources available during the mobilization.

90 days from Release from Active Duty (REFRAD), Soldiers and one (1) guest have the option to attend a Post-Deployment Event.  Believe it or not, by this time Soldiers and Families have experienced a great deal of separation.  Post-Deployment Events focus on Soldiers and Families for their return, reunion, and reintegration in order to ensure a smooth transition back into the day-to-day.  Soldiers and Families are provided information and access to assist in understanding the challenges that may occur after prolonged separation and/or combat stress.  Events are tailored to facilitate a successful transition, reunion, and long-term reintegration.  While attendance at this event is not mandatory, YRRP encourages all who are eligible to attend.  The resources and reintegration strategies provided could prove invaluable!

Soldiers and Families will receive a Wellness Check phone call 180 days from REFRAD.  The purpose of the call is to ensure successful reintegration and to address any other needs that may have arisen post-deployment by providing and/or connecting Soldiers and Families with appropriate resources.

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