The military provides world-class medical care for wounded, ill and injured service members. But sometimes gaps open up between the support the military can provide, and the support the injured and their families need.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund helps fill the gaps throughout the recovery process, from hospital to hometown.
Whether they’re recovering in the Washington, DC, area at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, or back in their home communities, YRF provides real support for real heroes.
When a service member is injured, a family member or close friend leaves home to come help with the recovery, often for a year or longer. YRF’s CROSSROADS PROGRAM provides free HOTEL ROOMS for visiting relatives desperate to be at the side of their injured loved ones. We provide free RENTAL CARS to give them some freedom and control at a time when they control very little. As injured service members recover and become outpatients, we provide free, furnished APARTMENTS for families who otherwise would have to endure the added stress of separation or crowding into a hotel room.
YRF has pioneered support for caregivers. Our KEYSTONE PROGRAM provides programs for caregivers in the Washington DC area as well as various key locations across the country.
Yellow Ribbon Fund volunteers and donors also make it possible for the injured and their families to enjoy sporting and cultural events, tours, outings, and get-togethers.
These events are more than just fun — they’re an important part of the healing process. YRF activities offer stress-reducing breaks from the grueling rigors of recovery, while reducing isolation, nurturing family relationships, facilitating mutual support, and building confidence.