Yellow Ribbon Reintegration weekend offers opportunities for Guard members and their families

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More than a hundred participants from the Air and Army National Guard attended the Kentucky National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program Reintegration Training Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by 1st Lt. Oscar Ortiz, Yellow Ribbon Program)

Story by 1st Lt.  Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

Photos by 1st Lt.  Oscar Ortiz, Yellow Ribbon Program

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Capt. Bryan Combs from Family Support Programs covered education benefits including the Post 9-11 GI Bill at the Yellow Ribbon Program Reintegration Training Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by 1st Lt. Oscar Ortiz, Yellow Ribbon Program)

Lexington, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program hosted a Reintegration Training Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Ky.  In attendance were members of the Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team 2  and 3-20thSpecial Forces Group and their families.

Over the weekend classes were taught by professionals on topics such as reestablishing relationships, financial planning, and benefits available to them like  TRICARE, ESGR, and  Military One source.  Capt. Bryan Combs, Family Support Programs Director, covered education benefits including the Post 9-11 GI Bill and other available opportunities.

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Kentucky Airman Master Sgt. Leah Williams and Staff Sgt. Bill Van Hook, Joint Support Operations, provided team building exercises and children activities at the Yellow Ribbon Program Reintegration Training Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by 1st Lt. Oscar Ortiz, Yellow Ribbon Program)

Breakout sessions gave families specific information based on their personal situation.  While the parents were in class children were provided with plenty of activities; the Yellow Ribbon Staff teamed up with Joint Support Operations giving the kids opportunities to  play and learn team building and interactive skills.

The Yellow Ribbon event encompassed a wide variety of benefits and service providers.  Col. (Ret.) Phil Miller from Kentucky Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve spoke about effective ways service members can return to the workforce after a deployment. He also emphasized workshops and other opportunities available for career development to Kentucky Guard Members.

“The weekend was a great success,” said 1st Lt. Oscar Ortiz, Yellow Ribbon Program coordinator.

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Col. (Ret.) Phil Miller spoke about Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the Yellow Ribbon Program Reintegration Training Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by 1st Lt. Oscar Ortiz, Yellow Ribbon Program)

“We had more than a hundred participants from the Air  and Army Guard take advantage of the reintegration weekend,” Ortiz said. “Preparation  for future events like this are in the works, and one of the best ways to stay informed is to follow us on Facebook.”

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