The excitement surrounding a homecoming and reunion can create a well-deserved honeymoon phase that allows families to reconnect before getting back to business as usual. When the newness has worn off, and you and your family fall back into usual habits and routines — or face new challenges, like separation from the military or relocation — there are programs and resources available to make the reintegration process a little smoother on everyone.
Reunion and reintegration programs, including non-medical counseling, the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP), and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), are available to make sure service members and families have access to the support that is necessary to the reintegration process.
Short-term, confidential counseling is available to all service members and their families through Military OneSource and Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs). Issues that are non-medical in nature are those that are typical to daily life, like relationships, stress management, grief and loss, and returning from deployment. They do not require a medical diagnosis and may be effectively solved through a series of non-medical counseling sessions.
Military OneSource offers service members and families access to a maximum of twelve free sessions per person, per issue. These sessions can be carried out face-to-face, over the phone, or online for your convenience. For more information visit Military OneSource and select from the Counseling Options menu on any page, or call (800) 342-9647.
MFLC sessions are also free of charge for active duty service members, National Guard members, Reservists, and family members. Contact information for MFLCs is usually distributed during key military events, like reunions, but you can always find contact information through your Military and Family Readiness Center.
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program addresses issues specific to National Guard members, Reservists, and their families throughout the entire deployment cycle. The program's goal is to ensure that these service members and families get the attention and support necessary throughout a deployment, especially during the critical reintegration process, regardless of their distance from a military installation. Your command can provide contact information for your Service's YRRP.
Transition Assistance Program
The Transition Assistance Program is intended for separating service members and their families as they make the transition into civilian life and the civilian workforce. Trained TAP facilitators lead a three-day workshop at selected installations that address career choice, the current job market, and the application and interviewing processes. For more information, visit the Department of Labor's TAP information section, check out TurboTAP, or speak to your command.
With the right support the reunion and reintegration process can be relatively smooth. Remember that each member of the family is adjusting to changes, and support is ready when you are.