Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
One of the most exciting times in the Coast Guard Reserve is getting the call to action. Deployments put training and proficiency to the test. They are also one of the most stressful times for Reserve members and their families. Fortunately, the Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program is there to help!
The program promotes the well-being of reservists and their families by connecting them with resources and services throughout their deployment cycle. Pre-deployment events help reservists and their families prepare by providing information on health care, education/training opportunities, financial and legal benefits, and more. The program also provides events during and after deployments to help members cope with hardships and with reintegrating with their families and civilian life.
If you are a reservist and deployment is in your future, or if you just want to increase your knowledge of the support out there for you and your family, the Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program and the DoD Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program websites are for you. From locating events near you to discovering helpful online tools, these sites provide vital information and resources for you and your family.
Another resource to remember is your local unit ombudsman. These volunteers serve as communication links to the command, provide information and referral resources and act as family advocates. Don’t know who your ombudsman is, visit the U.S. Coast Guard Ombudsman Registry and click “Contact Your Ombudsman” to find out.