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Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc

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Causes: Philanthropy

Mission: "Welcoming Our Injured Service Members Home" Assist injured service members and their families during rehabilitation at Walter Reed or Bethesda Naval Hospital. Provide free hotel rooms, apartments and rental cars to visiting families; provide free cab vouchers for the injured; sponsor social events, barbecues, golf outings, hunting and fishing trips, free tickets to sporting events and cultural events. Additional focus on Family Caregivers, the mothers and wives of the injured by offering therapeutic massages, trips to day spas and salons, nights out for dinner and movie.

Target demographics: wounded, ill and injured service members and their families/caregivers

Geographic areas served: Maryland, Virginia, California, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee

Programs: hotels, taxis, rental cars, airline tickets - immediate needs of families and caregivers who come to Walter Reed Military Medical Center or Ft. Belvoir to receive medical care. We are especially committed to helping caregivers cope with the stress associated with caring for loved ones through surgeries and rehabilitative care. Family presence makes such a positive difference for the recovering service member, and Yellow Ribbon Fund fills the gaps not covered by the military. We are committed to supporting those who have given so much to us already - military families with injured service members.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my daughter was injured in Iraq, and sent to Walter Reed for medical care, the Yellow Ribbon Fund was there offering support, assistance, guidance and friendship to not only my daughter but to all of us during a very difficult time.

Once my daughter had recovered, I wanted to give back to this amazing organization and quickly volunteered. Throughout my time with Yellow Ribbon I have met a number of amazing people, and have been given the opportunity to reach out and assist other wounded warriors who find themselves trying to cope with life following their service.

I cannot say enough about the work done by the Yellow Ribbon Fund and its Ambassadors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being a caregiver can be very lonely and stressful sometime, Yellow Ribbon Fund making sure we as caregiver able to take time for just us and help us to release stress so we can take care our wounded warrior.
Thank you so much YRF!

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff of this amazing, small but effective, NPO are dedicated heart and soul to the well being of our wounded warriors and their caregivers. They do so much with small resources. I have been involved as a very modest donor for several years and am happy to continue my support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a previous volunteer at (National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda) Walter Reed Military Medical Center in the Chaplain Corps I can tell you first hand this is what the families and those injured need in the process of recovery, healing, and connecting back into civilian life. I originally noticed families could use a nice meal at a local Bethesda Restaurant as a break from the trauma being faced by their loved one. I drove countless Vets and their families to DC to see monuments late at night. This organization addresses car rental, free meals out, caregiving support, and much much more. The best run organization. Any donation no matter how small is followed by a phone call from a worker at Yellow Ribbon Fund. Your donation will never be wasted.

Barbara H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for yellow ribbon and the help the provide to our warriors and family of fabulous.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Yellow Ribbon Fund for 5 years now. It is by far the most rewarding work I have ever done. After 20 years in the Navy it is an honor to help our wounded and their families and this couldn't be possible with out great causes like Yellow Ribbon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been blessed by this organization in so many ways.
My life has turned around ever since I was introduced to the YRF.
They are truly a 5 star organization that delivers on their promises.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Yellow Ribbon Fund our family wouldn't have had a car rental when my husband first fell ill. While our family was at Walter Reed for my husbands treatment YRF was there to help keep our minds off of everything that was going on. We were treated to local sporting events, family events as well as caregiver events. The YRF was a blessing when we needed it the most. Thanks to YRF I have made many life long friends. Thank you for all you do Yellow Ribbon Fund family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I never knew that there was other Caregivers going through the same or similar struggles. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to gather over coffee/dinner/activities that I am not alone. Its has been wonderful to me and sometimes just being among some amazing people is all I need to destress. THANK YOU for being my happy place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend of mine referred me to Yellow Ribbon. They have been an amazing source of information, support and friendship!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! YRF provides a lot of caregiver support and many opportunities for relief from the everyday task of being full-time caregiver. The resources are overwhelmingly great and much needed.

1 Makeba W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been more than helpful to my family. It has been a LIFESAVER! Until someone is in the shoes of a caregiver, they can never understand the challenges and stress we are under. This program provides relief and reassurance that we are not alone in our situations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful program. It really helps provide an outlet of release for us caregivers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a combat wounded warrior. We weren't married during his time in service, so I was unfamiliar with his injuries and how to handle them.
YRF has given me so much information, and allowed me a safe space to vent my frustrations and ask questions without being made to feel ignorant.
I have been fortunate enough to attend many of the events our YRF hosts and have made wonderful friendships. It's nice to have some "me" time in the midst of the daily grind. It's also wonderful that YRF includes our spouses and families for date nights etc. Our soldiers are a wealth of information themselves and their participation helps get that info out there.
I am so thankful I was invited to be a part of this organization and I look forward to many years of friendship!

Ann L

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a full time va caregiver. I am so glad they have a program like yellow ribbon fund. Let's me realize I am not alone in my caregiver journey. It's nice to be able to interact with people that truly understand what it's like to take care of a veteran. It's nice to take time out for myself, something I wouldn't do if not for the events they host. It gives many of us an outlet and enables us to relax. It's a great program that makes a great impact in the caregiver community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow Riibin Fund is absolutely amazing. I'm a caregiver to a wounded warrior. I honestly felt like I was all alone on my own island. I didn't think anyone understood my struggles. Then I was connected with YRF and I met a bunch of other caregivers who I could relate to and connect with. Additionally, YRF has given me opportunities to take some time for self care like a coffee break or a pampering massage to help take the load of stress off my shoulders... literally. Thank you YRF!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the YRF! Without it I truely don't know if I would be able to do my day to day life. With all the information that is provided, I am able to help my WW with everything he's gone through. I've made some amazing friends because of YRF! My children have got to do some incredible things as well. Thank you for being there for my whole family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow ribbon fund was there with a caregiver retreat for mothers of wounded veterans ....this retreat not only was needed but turned out to be a learning experience for me. I met some special women on this trip and I am hoping for a reunion with when. I appreciate the time to regroup and just enjoy the beautiful smokey mountains. Jessica Allen is such a caring fun lady ....so glad to meet her. Becoming Facebook friends with her and learning about all her hardships and triumphs being a caregiver to her husband is inspiring. Thank you yellow ribbon fund for that wonderful life changing retreat!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cant say enough of about the Yellow Ribbon Fund. This origination has allowed me to get some free time with other caregivers in my area and meet new friends in a time where it could feel very lonely. Thank you Yellow Ribbon Fund for being there and supportive

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I recently researched becoming YRF Ambassadors. Once WRAMC in Washington, D.C. closed up shop and moved to Bethesda, our involvement w/Wounded Warriors and their families was strictly curtailed. Becoming a YRF Ambassador was an easy process and any questions we had were promptly answered. We appreciate this opportunity provided by YRF to continue supporting our incredible service members and their families!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YRF is an outstanding nonprofit that is totally focused on supporting our veterans and their families. I am proud to have been an Ambassador with YRF for many years. "Thanks" to all who have supported us in our never ending quest to support our fellow veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great opportunity to help fellow veterans and their families in a variety of ways.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow Ribbon Fund- I cannot thank you enough!
Last year my husband was in-patient at The Walter Reed Naval Hospital Bethesda.It was such a hard time for us especially our 4 year old son because there was not much activity to distract us from the "feeling of being in a hospital".Until Yellow Ribbon Fund came along and changed everything.They were so kind to offer free 90 minute hot stone massages and Manicures and Pedicures for spouses/caregivers at a time when I needed it most.These were my most precious moments because I got to take time off being a caregiver and mom and just enjoy a peaceful, relaxing massage.
Yellow Ribbon Fund also gave us tickets to watch baseball games and yes! this was just the perfect distraction my husband and my son needed.
To crown it all, my husband recently got medically retired from The Marine Corps after serving for 11 years and he didn't know the next step but Yellow Ribbon Fund stepped in to give us a sense of direction during the tough transition, they gave us an opportunity to go back to school.We both recieved full scholarships to attend Colorado Tech University and now we are studying, enjoying learning new things together each day and enjoying our transition.
Thank you Yellow Ribbon Fund for being their for us during tough times, thank you for taking care of my family and giving us the tools to suceed in life.You have been such a gift for us and we shall forever be greatful.
Pat Ochan