Yellow Ribbon Program
Purpose of the Yellow Ribbon Program (per FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 110-181, Section 582):
“The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program shall consist of informational events and activities for the members of the reserve component of the Armed Forces, their families, and community members to facilitate access to services supporting their health and well-being through the phases of the deployment cycle.”
A military deployment can be a stressful time for our Service members and their loved ones. Separation during these events bring up many questions, leading to anxiety and unmet expectations. It is the role of the Florida National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program to help guide families through the deployment process, supplying valuable information and services along the way.
The Yellow Ribbon Program provides information, services and outreach opportunities to Service members, their families and employers that we hope will help families deal more adequately with these separation challenges.
Among the services the Yellow Ribbon Program offers are one- and two-day events for families designed to provide a venue for learning about the numerous benefits and entitlements provided the Dept. of Defense, Veterans Administration, and state of Florida in an atmosphere that is relaxing, pleasant, and is conducive for receiving the vital information that will make your Soldier’s deployment and reintegration easier on the who family.
The Yellow Ribbon Program has strong partnerships with many military and veterans service organizations established to assist military families. They include the following resources:
- VA Benefits
- TRICARE services
- Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS)
- Dental Care Programs and Services
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention Services
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
- Employer Support of Guard and Reserve
- Family Assistance Centers
- Transition Assistance Advisers
- Financial and Unemployment Assistance
- Military OneSource
- Military Family Life Consultants
- Education and Employment services
- Legal Affairs Counseling
- American Red Cross