Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program?

The mission of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.  The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program connects Guard and Reserve Service members, their families and loved ones with local resources before, during, and after deployments, especially during the reintegration phase that continues well-beyond the Service members return home.

Commanders and leaders play a critical role in ensuring that National Guard and Reserve Service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon Events where they can access information on healthcare, education, employment, and financial and legal benefits. To contact Service Yellow Ribbon representatives click here.

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a congressionally mandated program that was established in 2008 under the National Defense Authorization Act (Section 582 of Public Law 110-183) which called for information events and activities for National Guard and Reserve Service members and their families to facilitate access to services supporting their health and well-being throughout the deployment cycle.

What’s the difference between DoD Yellow Ribbon and the VA Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a joint Department of Defense effort operated out of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.  YRRP is aligned under the Office of Family & Employer Programs & Policy under the leadership of which also includes Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The VA Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.  To learn more about the VA Yellow Ribbon Program, click here.

As a service provider, how can I get involved in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program?

Yellow Ribbon events provide interactive and informative seminars on a range of topics including: communication, stress management, post-military career opportunities, money management, health education, resilience training, and other life-skills training. Each Service plans and hosts Yellow Ribbon events with support from event planners, program managers, and family support staff.  To request information about participating at a Yellow Ribbon event, please contact Yellow Ribbon Service Liasion Officers.

Is Yellow Ribbon specifically intended for National Guard and Reserve members?

Yes. The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of National Guard and Reserve members before, during, and after deployments. The National Guard and Reserve Services differ from the Active Duty component in the way they prepare for deployments and reintegrate after returning. Many Service members are geographically separated from other members of their units. Recognizing that the National Guard, the Reserves, and their families face unique challenges, Congress mandated the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program be established to specifically respond to those challenges.

Is Yellow Ribbon only for Service members after they return from deployment?

No. The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program addresses all aspects and challenges of the pre, during, and post phases of deployment. YRRP helps Service members and their loved ones prepare for deployment, cope with the challenges during deployment, and at mulitple points in the post-deployment phase.

Where can I find more information on my Service’s Yellow Ribbon Program?

For more information, contact your chain of command or your Service Yellow Ribbon Program Coordinator..