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Army National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program

What is it?
The National Guard Yellow Ribbon is a voluntary military cooperative partnership organized to provide multi Service network for training and assistance to ensure Family Readiness. Yellow Ribbon includes partnerships with all military Services within the state; all major veteran service organizations, all relevant state government departments and agencies, civilian organizations established to assist military families, relevant community service organizations, and organizations with a role in disaster response.

The Army National Guard Yellow Ribbon program will provide sufficient information, services, referral and proactive outreach opportunities for Soldiers, Families, employers and youth throughout the entire deployment cycle: pre-alert, alert/pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment, and reconstitution (reintegration).

What has the Army done?
In order to a successfully launch the program, the National Guard Bureau provided specific guidance and has asked the States and Territories to provide their Yellow Ribbon Program plans and estimated costs as soon as possible to allocate available resources to support the program.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The program is designed to serve the members from all Service components. The National Guard has established a coordinated effort for States and Territories that will allow concise and unified support to our citizen Soldiers and their Families for a safe, healthy, and successful reintegration following deployments.

Why is this important to the Army?
The ARNG Yellow Ribbon Program will provide a robust, preventive, proactive support program for Soldiers and Families that will promote preparedness through education, by conducting effective Family outreach, leveraging resources, and supporting the All-Volunteer Force. This will provide the proactive continuum of care needed to ensure successful Soldier and Family reintegration.