“The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) 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 YRRP events, Service members and loved ones connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments.”
The YRRP consists of a series of events at key stages in the deployment cycle:
Phase 1: Pre-deployment
Phase 2: During deployment (just for families)
Phase 3: Demobilization
Phase 4: Post-Deployment (30, 60 and 90 days after deployment)
So how is this helpful to you, your service members and your family? The YRRP is a great opportunity, especially for those new to deployments, to gather information, resources, and ask questions. I have attended several of these events as I’ve been through multiple deployments with my National Guard husband.
Here are nine of my top insights after attending a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event:
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program events are a great opportunity to gather information and learn about resources during different phases of deployment. You will have questions before, during and after a deployment so attend them if possible. They have been especially helpful to my husband and me during the post deployment sessions. We learned about organizations and services we never knew existed. I found several booths devoted to military spouses, military spouse employment, marriage, stress management and children’s programs. Although they can be chaotic, the information and experience is valuable.
Have you ever attended a YRRP event? Share your insights with other members below.
About the blogger: Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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