Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp speaks at a Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program breakfast in Seattle May 26, 2011. The Yellow Ribbon Program supports military familiies before, during and after oversees deployments. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Yellow Ribbon Program: Supporting Coast Guard Reserve families

One of the most exciting times in the Coast Guard Reserve is getting the call to action. Deployments put training and proficiency to the test. They are also one of the most stressful times for Reserve members and their families. Fortunately, the Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program is there to help!


Members of Port Security Unit 312 board a plane at San Francisco International Airport en route to the Middle East in 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.

TSA travel tip: Packing tips for military personnel

Deployments can be stressful on both members and their families. Our friends over at the Transportation Security Administration appreciate the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make and offer up the following tips on packing for a deployment to make your time at the airport just a little less stressful.


Lt. Jeremy Rodrigues, a U.S. Coast Guard Reserve member, feeds his son, Aiden, for the first time after Aiden and Rodrigues' wife, Marcela, flew into the San Diego International Airport to meet him, Dec. 12, 2012. Rodrigues recently returned after a 7-month deployment to the Middle East with the U.S. Navy's Coastal Riverine Squadron Eleven and met his son for the first time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli.

TSA travel tip: Military family member gate passes

Our friends over at the Transportation Security Administration appreciate the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make and have created programs – along with participating airlines – to support military personnel and their families traveling through our nation’s airports. One such benefit is the military family member gate pass.


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