Assessment of a postdeployment yellow ribbon reintegration program for national guard members and supporters

Jeffrey F. Scherrer, Greg Widner, Manan Shroff, Monica Matthieu, Sundari Balan, Carissa van den Berk-Clark, Rumi K. Price

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Abstract

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) was created to meet the needs of National Guard members and their families throughout the deployment cycle. This study examined the perceived utility of the YRRP's delivery of information and assistance during the postdeployment reintegration period by National Guard members and accompanying supporters who were mostly spouses. Over 22 months, from 10 YRRP events, 683 service members and 411 supporters completed questionnaires immediately after the YRRP. We analyzed questions on information and avenues for help, timeliness and concerns related to education, employment, legal, family, and health. Service members and supporters most often endorsed information delivery on education being met (76.8% and 78.2%, respectively) and were least likely to endorse legal information delivery (63.5% and 60%, respectively). Significantly more supporters than service members (p < 0.0001) reported that the YRRP was the first time they learned of available services across all domains. Service members were significantly more likely than supporters to report concerns about education, employment, and health, while supporters were significantly more likely to report concerns about family. Results suggest the YRRP fills gaps in supporter knowledge and provides needed information and resources to most National Guard families 2 to 4 months after a deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1391-1397
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume179
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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