February 25, 2014
By Maj. Avon Cornelius, 311th Signal Command (Theater)
DALLAS, Tx. -- Soldiers and family members from the 311th Signal Command (Theater) attended an Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program event Feb. 21-23 in Dallas, Tx.
More than 500 service members and families from commands across the U.S. attended the event, which promoted the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. The intent is to connect the geographically dispersed populations of the Guard and Reserve with local services and resources.
Members of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit participated in the event as they prepare to deploy with the 335th Signal Command (Theater) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
?"During the deployment process these Yellow Ribbon events allow us to stay connected, even while we are apart," said Brig. Gen. Garrett Yee, commanding general, 335th SC(T) Forward (Det. 34). ?"It is important that we continue give each other support during this time."
Service members and their families attended classes where they were provided information on health care, education and training opportunities, financial services and legal benefits. The DoD worked with federal partners such as the Small Business Administration, Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs to provide current and relevant information.
?"For the Soldiers, it is important that you remember to take care of your families," said Brig. Gen. Janice Haigler, deputy commanding general, 311th SC(T). ?"To the families, you have been given a wealth of information to assist you during this time. Please take advantage of this opportunity."
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a Department of Defense (DoD) effort helping National Guard and Reserve service members and their families connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. It was started in 2008 and has helped more than 1.1 million National Guard and Reserve Service members through all phases of the deployment cycle.
?"I have sat in both seats as the deploying service member and then watching my son deploy to Iraq shortly after I returned from Afghanistan," said Maj. Gen. Lawrence Brock III, commanding general, 335th SC(T). ?"Your friends and family will be there for you. Let them help."
The 63d Regional Support Command sponsored the event.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program and to find an event near you, visit www.yellowribbon.mil.