Yellow Ribbon event supports families of deployed Coast Guard reservists

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — Family members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 participated in an event organized by the Yellow Ribbon Program, Saturday, here.

The Yellow Ribbon event was held to help expose reserve service members and their families to the various educational, financial, legal and health care assistance programs and resources available to them before, during, and after a deployment.

The two-day event brought Coast Guard families together to meet with representatives of military sponsored programs offering assistance for healthy and financially secure living, while loved ones are deployed to the Middle East.

“It’s a way to keep the family together as a unit,” said Amy Priest, the ombudsman of Port Security Unit 305. “It’s nice to have the support of friends that you know are going through the same things you are.”

“The Yellow Ribbon program is critical to the success of the military family, of the military member, and the mission,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Allen, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Forces. “It is something our military, especially our National Guard and reserve forces needed.”

“We want to take care of the families of the deployed Coast Guard members,” said Rear Admiral John Welch, Pacific Area Deputy Commander of Mobilization and Reserve Affairs. “They are the ones who stay at home and face many of the challenges.”

Port Security Unit 305, based in Joint Base Langley-Eustis, is one of the specialized Coast Guard units that can rapidly deploy to conduct port security and defense operations in support of humanitarian and military operations throughout the world.

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