While Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Ft Belvoir Community Hospital provide world-class medical care for gravely wounded service members, the Yellow Ribbon Fund provides the programs that make daily life more manageable for the wounded and their family caregivers. For amputees, days in the hospital can stretch into many months, and loved ones often cannot afford to stay by their side. Each year, YRF provides families of the wounded with hotel rooms and apartments (5,800 nights to date), cab rides to and from the hospital (3,000), therapeutic massages to ease stress (480), and a wide range of social events, from pool days to movie nights (over 100). Last year, YRF completed a playground and barbecue area at Walter Reed, designed to give military families a welcoming space just steps from the hospital. One-on-one mentoring for service members and their families on future employment and college admission are designed to help them reintegrate into civilian life. Serving over 1,000 soldiers and families annually, YRF proves how mighty even small acts can be.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda; Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital, Va.

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other

Population(s) Served: Disabled

Awards & Recognition

Department of the Army, Certificate of Appreciation, 2007
Top 64 charities in the Washington area, Washingtonian magazine, December 2008.
Warrior Transition Brigade, Certificate of Achievement, 2009
Warrior Transition Battalion, Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
Ft. Campbell Fisher House, Certificate of Appreciation, 2013
Ft. Belvoir Army Community Service, Certificate of Appreciation, 2014

Press

  • ABA Raises 45K for the Yellow Ribbon Fund
    Fri Jan 22 2010, Industry News for the American Bus Association  
    Members of the American Bus Association collectively donated $45,000 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund as part of this year's annual convention.

Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Yellow Ribbon Fund is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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