The Badger Yellow Ribbon (BYR) program is a key effort of the Wisconsin Service Member Support Division (SMSD). BYR coordinates informational events and activities for deploying members of the Wisconsin National Guard, their families, and community members. The program facilitates access to support services, information, education, and outreach opportunities as a way to continuously support the health and well-being of Soldiers and Airmen throughout the entire deployment cycle.
- Veterans Administration (VA) Support
- Transition Assistance
- Total Heath & Well-being
- Financial Planning
- Employment Assistance
- Employer Support
- Community Based Partners
- Military Youth Programs
What exactly is the “Deployment Cycle”?
The deployment cycle starts before the actual mobilization when units or individuals receive official notification of deployment overseas or in the continental United States. The cycle includes the time service members are away from their military families and civilian employment, plans for homecoming reunions & reintegrating into civilian life, and then, provides for follow up at specific intervals after the deployment.
Tell Me More About a BYR Event!
Not all BYR events are the same. Each event is tailored to the needs of the unit based on the particular phase of the deployment cycle. That means you can expect different information and resources at “pre-Mobilization” events compared to the “reunion” or “re-integration” events. Soldiers, Airmen, and families have different experiences throughout the deployment cycle and BYR coordinates need bases resources and services bringing them together all at one location.
The BYR Program Director and her team work closely with the unit leaders to plan the event. Part of the planning process is to communicate important information to unit members and families. Location and venue is determined by number of deploying service member, parents, siblings, children, and designated points of contact (POC), i.e. your bestie, neighbor, significant other, etc.
Register Early for BYR Events!
It is important to register for each BYR event at least 10 days prior to each event. Don’t forget to include information for children that will be attending. We use this information to plan fun things to do, gather supplies, and schedule staff for both child care and the youth activities. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information.
Important note #1: We employ a licensed nanny service to provide childcare for ages 0-5 so you can enjoy the event without worry. The SMSD Child and Youth Program (CYP) plans exciting, relevant, and age appropriate activities for children ages 6-17.
Army National Guard families can be reimbursed for mileage to/from the event if they travel outside their home zip code. Attendees from other service components should check with their units about possible reimbursement. Lodging may be provided for multi-day events when travel is greater than 50 miles or for single day events when travel is more than three hours.
Who Is My Family?
For BYR, the definition of “Family” is greatly expanded.
Upcoming BYR Events
27 June 2018 – This is a PRE-DEPLOYMENT/PRE-MOBILIZATION event hosted by 1-121ST FIELD ARTILLERY BN & the 108TH FSC Click Here to Access the Registration Portal!
21 July 2018 – This is a DURING DEPLOYMENT/PREPARING FOR REUNION event hosted by WEST BEND – DET 1 CO B 248TH ASB Click Here to access the Registration Portal!
Important note #2: To protect your privacy and security, exact event locations are not posted on this site. The BYR team will communicate the event details well in advance of your event so you can plan/make travel arrangements.