Guard + Reserve

In the past 10 years of war, our Nation has witnessed a greater reliance on the services of the National Guard and Reserve. National Guard and Reserve families face unique challenges - they are geographically dispersed, live in rural areas, have service members deployed as individual augmentees, and do not consistently have the same family support programs as their active duty counterparts. They rely more on community resources. Yet, as the families of “Citizen Soldiers” their patriotism and sense of service shine through. Robust support programs for Reserve Component families are essential at every stage of deployment.

Our Association supports:

  • Sustaining effective family programs for Reserve Component families
  • Greater access to resources supporting National Guard and Reserve caregivers
  • Continued funding of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
  • Partnering with local communities to support Reserve Component families
  • Encouraging employers to hire military service members and spouses


  • August 9, 2011 The Army Reserve has a new support tool for Reservists and their families – the Army Strong Community Center (ASCC). The ASCC is dedicated to supporting service members, retirees, veterans, and their families from all branches of the military.
    Related Article: Army Strong Centers Serve the Community
  • August 2, 2011 Our Association presented four breakout sessions at the National Guard Family Volunteer Workshop. Participants learned about the work of our Association, the findings from our research, and how to use our new community toolkit to strengthen their community’s support for National Guard and Reserve families.
    Related Article: National Guard Family Volunteer Training
  • June 21, 2011 The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) completed their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) on June 16, 2011 included were provision addressing the needs of National Guard and Reserve families.