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Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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; 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 respite, recreational, fitness, wellness and eduational activities.

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

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

Programs: apartments, hotels, rental cars, - 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

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful for YRF socal. As caregivers our journey often seems so lonely and isolating. This organization has reached out to us and brought us caregivers together to build, support, and care for each other. YRF Socal is a gem, refreshing and re-energizing me so I can be at my best to support and love my veteran.

Keri E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing group! I have been blessed and am ever so grateful to be surrounded with a group of likeminded women who walk a similar path with me. The sense of community and friendship that has come from YRF, Southern California has been a huge need in my life. The events, outings, meetings and gatherings are always full of women ready to listen, hug and laugh....sometimes even shed some tears with. I can't say enough about the So Cal chapter because it is such a beautiful group that I'm honored to be a part of. Always giving, always supporting and really listening to the needs of caregivers and teaching us to refill our cup with light and love.

Jasmine D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow Ribbon Fund has been here for my family and I since day one!!! They supported myself (as a caregiver) and my family while my husband recovered from his injuries in Walter Reed. After he retired we moved back home to San Diego and I then became part of the So. Cal chapter. This group of caregivers helps to keep me refreshed and be able to keep carrying on. We lead a hard life and we are all there for each other and we understand what each other is going through.
We do frequent get togethers, we relax, we complain, we also laugh and cry. I so look forward to our Yellow Ribbon Fund events every month to catch up with my new found friends and to just HAVE FUN!!! It’s such a nice feeling to not have to worry about anyone but yourself (for a few hours) and let your hair down.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellowribbom fund has been there for for our family since day one. They have been through so much guiding us through difficult times. Without their support we would be another lost Veteran family trying to navigate our way into civilian life. They haven’t just taught us how to do things but they have also been there for emotional support to help me continue moving forward. We are forever grateful for everything they do for our community. Thank #YRFsocal!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The YRF SoCal has had a big impact on my life already. After being my husband's caregiver for over 9 years I was introduced to the YRF SoCal. This foundation has helped me to meet some wonderful caregivers with such big hearts that understand the daily struggles of a caregiver of a wounded warrior. I've enjoyed the events that I have been able to attend with and because of the YRF SoCal. Being with them gives me time to breathe and enjoy some of "my time." I've learned new ways to take care of myself physically and mentally as well. With them, the support is real and very appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The YRFSOCAL was there for me at a time in my life when I was in a dark place and often felt alone. I’ve been a member since 2014 & it has given me the tools to become the confident caregiver I am today. YRFSOCAL has also made me realize the importance of taking time out for myself and that at times, it is necessary. Thank you so much!!!

Mary Hope H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow Ribbon Fund and #yrfsocal specifically have been nothing short of amazing for me as a caregiver, and for my veteran husband and our family. They provide frequent, ongoing support for us as caregivers in the unique challenges we face with our families. The community that Yellow Ribbon Fund provides for caregivers of ill and injured veterans is invaluable.

Marleneanne Cruz L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m forever Grateful For #Yellow Ribbon Fund #yrfsocal
With out them I would have never thought of taking time for myself,Let alone Self care for my self ... it’s always been me doing for my Veteran and kids!! without them I would be lost ... they Given Me an outlet to meet many of my caregiver sisters !! That I was unaware was going through life like me self !! Special thank You And Many blesssings To Yellow Ribbon Fund #yrfsocal For the Blessings your given me and my caregiver sisters !!
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Marleneanne Jimenez
From Winchester ca

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing Non-Profit that takes care of the caregiver and the community’s they are in. I’m so proud to share this on profit with other caregivers who didn’t know of such wonderful Organization. They work so hard to coordinate events and the volunteers are amazing. Thanks YRF for all that you do for caregivers.

Anne Marie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before joining the Yellow Ribbon Fund there were days I felt completely alone and hopeless as a wife and as a caregiver. This is not an exaggeration, the fact that I had been married less then a year meant that I had very few friends that were married to or related to a Vet. That alone meant that PTSD, permanent injuries and other ailments that are common to our heroes were to me new teratory and I had no guidance. I remember being close to giving up before this organization took me in and showed me that it was ok to vent... Because these people understood! And more importantly they had answers when I asked for help where before I found only dead ends. They insist on self care and personal wellness in order to better care for our Vets and our family’s. Planed events such as brunch or a day of pampering seem like a little thing for most women but to be honest most caregivers wouldn’t find the time without that nudge. In fact I personally never realize how much I needed that few hours of relaxation till it’s over. Even my family notices how much happier I am after an event. The organization isn’t just for us caregivers ether, they also include the family in so many things. Activities that we would not be able to afford otherwise have given my family precious memories, and we are so Greatful. I’m not sure how our representative Debbie Fields handles the emotional meltdowns and endless questions we throw at her on top of what seems like perfectly planed events but I’m truly thankful that we have her. The Yellow Ribbon Fund has created an organization that is more like a family, and I recommend it to anyone caring for one of our Veterans.
Anita Hart

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow ribbon fund has changed my life for the better. As a caregiver, I started to feel so isolated and alone in this world. I struggled with anxiety issues, depression, my own chronic illness ( pancreatitis) and my spouse's medical issues. My husband has PTSD, TBI, and depression among some other physical issues. I found myself pulling away from people as many people do not understand these issues and it was like I live on a different planet trying to explain things to others. I now realize I myself have secondary PTSD from trying to help make things better in his world I have become the one who reacts to the sounds more than he does. I am the one who panics over a strange noise. I found yellow ribbon fund after I kept getting denied from the va caregiver program and was done appealing it. When I first tried to join yellow ribbon requirements were different. I finally messaged the local yrf leader and said" I am not sure if I can be a member as I am not on the stipend but I can not take this anymore. I am done trying to get this but I need friends and resources." She messaged me back and asked his percentage and it is 100 so she replied you are in. I have not been happier since this happened. I now attend brunches each month, different events and have many more resources that I never knew existed outside of my tiny bubble where I felt alone. I have tried restorative yoga and it's amazing and I meditate now because we learned that in that class as well. I love the fact that the focus of the yellow ribbon is the caregiver. I love that they showed me if I do not take care of me and allow myself me time that I can not really be able to take care of others. I will struggle with burnout feelings and start harboring resentment etc all things I do not want to do. It has been a breath of fresh air in my life. I love everyone who donates to the yellow ribbon and all the effort that yellow ribbon puts in to let us know we are not alone and we are loved and we are worth it! Thank you Debbie Fields for all that you do for us in the Fort Campbell yrf group!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization reminds me how important my own self care is in order to care for my family.

1 Lisa N.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since becoming a member of Yellow Ribbon Fund, it's one of my most anticipated monthly events. I have made wonderful friends, enjoyed great company and truly loved every event we have done. The events are different each time, and even if it's a lunch, I, along with everyone else, always have a great time together. Yellow Ribbon Fund has given me somewhere to connect with other military spouses/caregivers, and that is incredibly important for us all, we share resources and help one another in whatever way we can. And since Yellow Ribbon Fund offers events to include Veterans and other family members, everyone in the family can enjoy these amazing events, which helps families connect or reconnect with each other. Yellow Ribbon Fund has been incredible for me, I really cannot say enough good things about it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sabra Dowdy and I have been a caregiver for my husband since 2004. Until Angelia Wix with Yellow Ribbon Fund invited me to join the Yellow Ribbon Fund group in November 2018 I had not experienced any group affiliations for myself. I was frustrated and sometimes even resentful because day in day out I am 100% involved with my warrior’s daily care. I felt it would be selfish of me to experience fun. After all I am the maid, nurse, cook, chauffeur, accountant. I do cleaning, cooking, washing. I’m administering meds, giving injections, bathing, applying creams & ointments, ordering meds & making sure he takes them on time. I’m driving my husband to his therapy & VA appointments. I pay the bills, I do all the shopping & take the vehicles for maintenance. I make the daily schedule and keep everything running smoothly. I would often have to remind myself my injured warrior was air assault, ( dope on a rope coming out of a helicopter), air bourne, jumping out of planes, a sharp shooter marksman, grenade throwing son of a gun, an infantry man. How can I complain, or feel overwhelmed when he is in chronic pain and unable to do all the things he loves so much? The Yellow Ribbon Fund has shown me I am not selfish in having a few hours that I can be just myself. I can laugh and learn to do something new. I have learned I have value other than a caregiver. I believe our meetings have brought me back from despair & depression. I look so forward now to just a few hours a month for myself to be renewed by being with a group of ladies going thru the same situations. I feel Angelia Wix has given me the ability to come home to my warrior with a sense of peace and tranquility. My husband and I are both wounded and changed forever. We didn’t expect are lives to change so dramatically but I am better equipped to handle our problems with the help of my sisters in the Yellow Ribbon Fund group. I thank God so much for YRF being put in my path. Thank you and may God bless & be with us!❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angela and the yellow ribbon fund came I'm just in time to help me realize I need help too. They stepped up and gave me confidence and a voice

1 Sara Dianne S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow ribbon fund has been such a bright spot in my world as a caregiver. It gives me a chance to get away from the hard things in my life for just a little bit with people who really understand.

2 Chasity-Allen T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The yellow ribbon fund has changed my daily view as a caregiver. Our monthly group meetings and outings have given me a break from my daily life and has helped me make life long fiends along the way!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Yellow Ribbon Caregiver Fund really works hard to find ways to bring families, spouses and couples back together after many stressors. I was so blessed to find YRF and I continue to look forward to attending their amazing events and meeting more spouses that I can connect with and heal together with! Thank you YRF for all you do!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What can I say about the yellow ribbon fund? So, much this organization is amazing and I love the people I’ve met. I believe it was just about 2 years ago when they did a caregiver retreat to NYC. And this trip was just amazing. It was not like other trips were you are forced to do all the activities. It was very relaxing, there was so much to do and see because we were right there next to 42nd street. And we got to see a broadway show which was amazing. Trips like these are so needed because it is sometimes the only getaway us caregivers get to have. So thank you yellow ribbon fund for all that you do!!!!!

1 Brandie B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The yellow ribbon fund as been a blessing to our family. When We first came to Walter reed for my husbands treatment back in August we had never heard of YRF before. One day as we were walking into the lobby of our building Jamie came up to us and introduced herself and changed our lives. She told us what YRF was about, how they could help us and offered support. She also told us they are hosting a trip to a pumpkin patch in a few days and insisted on finding us a ride so we could go. It was such a relief to be able to get off base, be around other families who are going through or have been through what we were still new at. We made friends, the kids had a blast, it’s been great ever since. Before that we were getting lonely, we were still adjusting to all the changes, appointments, life without a car, and getting used to life at Walter reed. After finding out about the yellow ribbon fund we have met so many amazing people, they offer a lot of great events and services. They’ve helped us with a car until we can get ours back from italy, they have honestly helped me more than I can ever say. I am forever grateful for this nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The yellow ribbon fund has been an absolute blessing for my family. We came from aviano Italy with two small kids and the yellow ribbon fund has given us a sense of family and home. They have been so helpful and provided lots of fun for us! We’re so grateful for all of these amazing people!