The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program events will connect Service Members and their Families with a wide range of resources and provide on-site counseling and referral, if requested. These resources include but are not limited to: Tricare, Military OneSource, Military Family Life Consultants, Personal Financial Counselor, Director of Psychological Health, Chaplain Services, Transitional Assistance Advisor, Operation: Military Kids, Youth Programs, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, Education, Red Cross Support, Universities, etc. Some events may also incorporate non-tradition trainings such as: 4 Lenses, 5 Love Languages, yoga, parent/child relationship, massage and more. The event provides a great opportunity to connect with community partners and subject matter experts who can offer assistance throughout the deployment cycle.
To Prepare Service Member, and those closest to them, for deployment and successful reintegration on their return home by providing job placement information, counseling, and benefits available to them through various agencies and non-profit organizations within the state and nation-wide.
To prepare, sustain, and reintegrate Service Members and their support network by incorporating the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program throughout each phase of the deployment cycle. To provide continued support to commanders by assisting units in facilitating events at commercial venues or armories and to allow Service Members and their supporters to take full advantage of the programs and health services provided. Work with unit leadership by providing resources in order to gauge their Soldiers on preparation for a deployment, as well as reintegration from a contingency theater or operation.
SFC Matthew Hawkins