November 6, 2009

Guard Launches Portal for Troops, Families

The National Guard Bureau has launched a great online resource for Guard members and their families.

The Joint Services Support portal ( serves as a gateway to an abundance of support programs offered at the state and unit level, said Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith of the National Guard Bureau in a National Guard article released today.

“We have developed this portal to assist you, the service and family member, in getting information on a variety of programs that have been created especially for you,” said Army Maj. Gen. Lawrence Ross, the National Guard Bureau’s director of manpower and personnel, in the article. The following programs are located on the portal:

– Yellow Ribbon Program: Prepares National Guard and Reserve members and their families for deployments, sustains their families during deployments and reintegrates servicemembers with their families, communities and employers upon re-deployment or release from active duty;

– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve: Gains and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts through mediation;

– Family Program: Establishes and facilitates ongoing communications, involvement, support and recognition between National Guard families and the National Guard;

– Psychological Health Program: Advocates, promotes and guides National Guard members and their families by supporting psychological fitness for operational readiness;

– Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program: Serves as the National Guard Bureau single point of responsibility for sexual assault prevention and response policy and oversight; and

– Warrior Support Program: Provides a transition assistance advisor in each state and territory to help Guard members and their families with accessing Veterans Affairs benefits and filing claims, Tricare, state benefits and access to community resources.

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