The goal of the DoD Yellow Ribbon Program is to prepare service members and their families for mobilization, sustain families during mobilization and reintegrate Soldiers with their families, communities and employers upon post-deployment.

The DoD Yellow Ribbon Program provides information, services, referrals, and proactive outreach programs to Soldiers and their families through all phases of the deployment cycle.

The program assists Commanders by actively surveying the best practices from the military services, and combining those to form a joint program that service members and their families can rely on for assistance and support regardless of services or location.

In addition to helping service members and families understand their benefits and entitlements as they transition in and out of active-duty status, the program links people to services such as referrals and counseling through Military OneSource, Veterans Affairs, Vet Center, Military Family Life Consultants, TRICARE and local programs.

"Supporting Army & Air National Guard Service Members and Families!"


Prior to unit mobilizing:

  • 180-day IPC/VTC with unit/command at the armory
  • Pre-mobilization event for service members and families

While the unit is mobilized:

  • Reunion event for family members

After the unit returns home:

  • 45-day reintegration and well-being event for service members and families

SFC Renae Schultz
SD Yellow Ribbon Programs Coordinator
Service Member Family Support Branch
Work: 605-737-6947
Cell: 605-787-3316