The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) was established by the National Defense Authorization Act 0f 2008, Section 582, which required the National Guard and Reserve Forces to establish a national combat veteran reintegration program. The YRP provides National Guard and Reserve members and their families, with sufficient information, services, referrals and proactive outreach opportunities throughout the entire deployment cycle. The cycle consists of four (4) phases.
The Deployment Cycle
Pre-Alert/Pre-Deployment Phase• Pre-Alert/Pre-Deployment is defined as the period from first notification of mobilization until deployment.
• During this period the focus is on education and ensuring the readiness of soldiers and their families for combat deployment.
• The period of time from actual deployment to arrival at the demobilization station inside the continental United States.
• Training and Information focused on challenges and stress on soldiers and their families.
• Coordination with Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Office, Transition Assistance Advisor, and State Family Programs Director.
• The period is from arrival at the demobilization station to departure to home station.
• Initial reintegration/reconstitution activities begin for the purpose of educating members on available resources.
• Connect Servicemembers with service providers.
• The Post-Deployment/Reintegration Phase is the period from arrival at home station until 180 days following deployment.
• Focus is on reconnecting Servicemembers, their families and communities and providing resources necessary for successful reintegration.
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