SGT Zara James, Yellow Ribbon Event Coordinator and Mr. Junior Dyett, PSS, share a moment at the 104th Trp Cmd, RAID Unit 60 Day Reintegration Training held March 19-20 at The Buccaneer. Service and family members received a variety of briefings from DoD recognized service providers including ESGR. Approximately seventy five (75) participants were in attendance at the event.
Since January 28, 2008, more than 1.1 million National Guard and Reserve Service members and their families have benefited from the deployment cycle information, resources, programs, services, and referrals offered by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. 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. Reintegration during post-deployment is a critical time for members of the Guard and Reserve, as they often live far from military installations and members of their units. Commanders and leaders play a critical role in assuring that Reserve Service members and their families attend YRRP events where they can access information on health care, education/training opportunities, financial, and legal benefits. We work in conjunction with federal partners, including the Small Business Administration and Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs, to provide up-to-date and relevant information to the members of the all-volunteer force and their families.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.