The Yellow Ribbon Fund does incredible work with two programs, today their Deputy Executive Director, a former Marine, joins us to make us smart about both of them (RAND Military Caregiver Study) :

(1)  Transitional Housing & Transportation:  “Keeping families together during the recovery process for wounded, ill, and injured service members have always been important to the Yellow Ribbon Fund since it was founded in 2005. Having loved ones at their bedsides encouraging them helps them heal faster and strengthens family bonds. Many wounded warriors are caught in difficult financial situations while after a medical discharge while they wait for the VA benefits to begin. Others are unable to have their children stay with them on base at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center because of changes in base policy. The Yellow Ribbon Fund eases the transition process by providing rental cars, hotel stays and fully-furnished apartments for patients at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir at no cost to military families.

(2)  Hidden Heroes & Heroines: “Many wounded, ill, and injured active duty service members and veterans rely on their caregivers for their day to day activities.  Caregivers take on many forms, they are spouses, family members, friends and acquaintances who devote substantial amounts of time and effort assisting the wounded, ill and injured with an array of advocacy efforts, practical physical assistance, and emotional support to name a few.

Time spent caregiving can lead to the loss of income, health care, and exact a substantial physical and emotional toll. To the extent that Caregivers well-being is compromised, they may become unable to perform their caregiver, family or spousal role, leaving the responsibilities to be borne by our societal community.

In response to the need, Yellow Ribbon Fund developed the Keystone Program. Keystone is defined as the central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together. Therefore, a stronger individual or individuals, equal a keystone to the progressive stability arch of patient transition. Without them, those facing obstacles surrounding treatment, rehabilitation, and transition into their communities will face a lower assimilation success rate and a lower quality of life.

Our model is delivered in concert with key partners in the veteran service organization space to reach our desired goals of creating a peer to peer sanctuary, skills, education, and training courses, and follow-on support as they transition back into their communities.

MILITARY SACRIFICE + KEYSTONE STRENGTH = COOPERATIVE SUCCESS”