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Army Reserve Cpl. Jorge Velazquez, recently returned home to Puerto Rico after a deployment to Iraq, and his wife, Jennifer Aruela, said they hope the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program will help them resolve Velazquez’ No. 1 post-deployment challenge: finding a civilian job. DoD photo by Donna Miles

Yellow Ribbon Event
Helps Reservists, Families

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 1, 2010 – Army reservists and their spouses who attended a reintegration event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, found help with a myriad of challenges that troops and their families contend with after a deployment. Story

Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, speaks with Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Adame, a 166th Regional Support Group soldier who attended an Oct. 30-31 Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his wife, Otilia, and three children. DoD photo by Donna Miles

General Provides Yellow Ribbon Perspective

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 1, 2010 – Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, the Army Reserve’s top-ranking officer, made an unexpected plea to military family members attending a reintegration event regarding post-traumatic stress: “I need your help.” Story

Program Fills Gap for Returning Guard

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Though the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program has eased the post-deployment process for thousands of Guard and Reserve members and their families over the past two years, officials are hoping thousands more take advantage of the Defense Department program in the coming months, the program’s executive director said. Story

Michelle Summerlin visits with a friend's baby while her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Luke Summerlin, fills out a worksheet during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program post-deployment event in Houston, Texas, Oct. 17, 2010. Summerlin was among 1,800 Texas National Guard soldiers of the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and family members who attended the event, marking the largest Yellow Ribbon event in Texas to date. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Brandon Hohm

Leader Lauds Program

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is clearly an asset for soldiers in the Texas Army National Guard, according to Col. Mark Campsey, commander, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Now they have started funding it, soldiers have a chance to get information.” Story

Army Spc. Ethan Sparkman poses for a picture with his battle buddy, Army Spc. Brian Heimann, during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program post-deployment event in Houston, Oct. 17, 2010. The program aims to equip Guard and Reserve members with the skills they need to successfully transition back to their families, communities and jobs. DOD photo by Elaine Wilson

Program Supports Single Guard, Reserve Troops

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Single soldiers are taught not to isolate themselves and to learn how to speak without using military jargon as part of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which aims to help returning Guard and Reserve members reintegrate after deployments. Story

Army Staff Sgt. Luke Summerlin spends time with his wife, Michelle Summerlin, and their 3-year-old son, Trent, during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a post-deployment event, in Houston, Oct. 17, 2010. Summerlin deployed to Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard’s 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by Elaine Wilson

Program Helps Couples Cope With Deployments

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Learning how to parent as a couple again after one has been deployed and determining how much togetherness the family requires are some of the issues that are tackled in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program seminars aimed at couples as they adjust to life after a deployment. Story