Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the excerpts from federal law that govern deployment assistance programs in the military.
Chapter 88 of Title 10, United States Code, "Military Family Programs and Military Child Care," February 1, 2010. This legislation provides authority to the Office of Family Policy to coordinate programs and activities of the military departments and to make recommendations to the secretaries of the military departments regarding military family programs. It also establishes online resources providing comprehensive family program information for service members and their families.
HR 5122 "John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007" SEC. 675. Joint Family Support Assistance Program This legislation authorizes the Secretary of Defense to carry out a joint family support assistance program for the purpose of providing to the families of Armed Forces members.
HR 1585 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008" SEC. 582 Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program This legislation directs the Secretary of Defense to establish the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program for the purpose of providing informational events and activities for members of the reserve components of the armed forces, their families, and community members to facilitate access to services supporting their health throughout the phases of the deployment cycle.