Badger Yellow Ribbon Program

The Badger Yellow Ribbon (BYR) program consists of different informational events and activities for members of the Wisconsin National Guard, other military services, their families, and community members. The program facilitates access to support services, information, education, and outreach opportunities as a way to continuously support health and well-being throughout the entire deployment cycle starting before the actual mobilization, during the deployment, when the unit(s) come home, and then following up some time after the deployment.

The Wisconsin Badger Yellow Ribbon (BYR) program works under the Wisconsin Service Member Support Division (SMSD) to ensure that service members and their Families receive information and support services such as: Tricare, VA Support, financial planning, Family counseling, Employment Assistance, etc.

It is important to register for each BYR event at a minimum of 10 days prior to each event and include registration information for the children that will be attending.  We use this information to ensure enough supplies and staff for both child care and youth programming. You will receive an email confirming your registration is complete.

A licensed nanny will provide childcare for ages 0-5 and the Child and Youth program will offer activities for children ages 6-17.

Army National Guard families will receive reimbursement for mileage to the event if the do not live in the same zip code as that of the event they are planning to attend.  Other branches of service should check with their units about possible reimbursement.

Upcoming Yellow Ribbon Events

Currently there are no Yellow Ribbon Events scheduled for Wisconsin.

Security Disclaimer – Please be advised:  We do not post information on the exact event location here on this site for security reasons.  You will receive an email approximately two weeks out from your BYR event  that includes detailed event information.  Thank you for your understanding!

If you have any questions regarding the Badger Yellow Ribbon events or the registration process, please contact us.


Vicki Cushman-Edgren
Badger Yellow Ribbon Program Director

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