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Minnesota National Guard
Kline's Yellow Ribbon legislation fully funded in 2012 National Defense Bill


Washington, DC – Minnesota’s Second District Congressman John Kline ensured legislation making the Minnesota National Guard’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” reintegration program available to units nationwide was fully funded in the national defense bill that received near unanimous approval this morning from the House Armed Services Committee

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY-2012 passed 60-1 in the Armed Services Committee

“Developed by the Minnesota National Guard, the ‘Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’ program prepares combat veterans and their families for a safe, healthy, and successful reintegration,” Kline said “This program represents the best practices of Minnesota and other states and territories that are providing reintegration services I look forward to working with Sec Gates to ensure we leverage the success of the Yellow Ribbon program to provide the best care possible for our National Guard and Reserve soldiers”

The Yellow Ribbon reintegration program’s inclusion in the 2012 national defense bill comes just days before thousands of Minnesota Guard members are set to deploy to the Middle East In its second-largest deployment since World War II, the Minnesota Guard will send 2,400 troops – the famed “Red Bulls” – to Kuwait and Iraq for “Operation New Dawn,” the final phase of “Iraqi Freedom” The Red Bulls will provide security in Kuwait and escort convoys in and out of Iraq as the 50,000 US forces in Iraq draw down and depart the region

“For many of Minnesota’s Red Bulls, this marks the second time in as many years that they have been deployed to assist the critical mission in Iraq,” said Kline, a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps “Their experience and sacrifice to date give us great confidence in their ability to successfully – and, God willing, safely – execute their critical mission During these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to pull together as a community to ensure all of our troops receive the support and assistance they need when they return home to their families, their communities, and their jobs”

The Yellow Ribbon initiative is a unique combat veteran reintegration program focused on supporting soldiers and their families throughout the entire deployment cycle

This multifaceted program includes Family Reintegration Academies with workshops to help prepare family members for their soldier’s return and training events at 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day intervals for soldiers following their demobilization

Last year, Kline offered legislation to the NDAA that made improvements to the Yellow Ribbon program ensuring veterans don’t fall through the administrative cracks; increasing awareness among communities and local organizations; promoting a greater emphasis on families; and encouraging families to participate in reintegration programs

In his fifth term in Congress, Congressman Kline serves on the House Armed Services Committee He also serves as the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee

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