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I read something very interesting the other day from the Veterans Affairs Office of Economic Opportunity about the Yellow Ribbon Programs. Yes, I said “ProgramS.” That “S” is what really caught […]I read something very interesting the other day from the Veterans Affairs Office of Economic Opportunity about the Yellow Ribbon Programs. Yes, I said “ProgramS.” That “S” is what really caught my attention. I had, at some time in the past, read about the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, but now I find out there’s more than one? Yowza! I figured since it was news to me, it might be news to you as well, so I’m passing it on…

Nancy Hamilton, DANTES Editor

Yellow Ribbon Programs

Many of you may have heard of the “Yellow Ribbon” program, but some may be confused as to what it refers to. Your confusion is warranted, as there are two “Yellow Ribbon” programs, both very different from each other.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP)

YRRP is offered by the Department of Defense for National Guard and Reserve members of the Armed Forces. Through their programs, families are connected to resources through the deployment period and help with reintegration afterwards. You can learn more about YRRP by visiting their website . It’s a very useful program.

Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

This program is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA Yellow Ribbon program allows degree-granting Institutions of Higher Learning in the United States (colleges/universities) to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill for out-of-state students or those attending a private institution. The institution can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution, not to exceed 50 percent of the difference. Nearly 2, 000 institutions are participating in the program for the upcoming 2014 – 2015 academic year. More information can be found at .

If you’re a student or know a student searching for a school, we encourage you to visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool . The tool will display whether the school participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.


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