History Of the Network

According to the 2010 Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support “Sea of Goodwill; Matching the Donor to the Need” white paper, there are over 400,000 nonprofit organizations devoted to assisting service members, veterans, survivors, and their families in the United States. Many were created in response to the shocking events of September 11, 2001. As the conflict evolved into what is now the longest war in our nation’s history, grateful Americans have contributed generously to these organizations. With thousands of nonprofits working independently to provide various types of assistance, it became obvious there needed to be a centralized database to keep track of it all. There had to be a better way and that better way is the Yellow Ribbon Network (YRN). By creating a single secure web portal as a clearinghouse of Hero requests and collected data, Partner organizations can maximize their resources, reduce inefficiencies, track duplication of services, avoid occasional fraud, and provide more effective ways to identify and serve the Heroes.

“There’s a lot of change going on…how we touch people throughout our country that are out there in what I call this sea of goodwill, who want to help our people and their families…we have got to figure out a way to do that.” – Admiral Michael Mullen, United States Navy

The Yellow Ribbon Network (version 1) was officially launched on November 11, 2011.

  • 2010

  • JUN

    Meeting with Joint Chief's Staff Re: YRN Vision

  • 2011

  • NOV

    Launch of YRN Version 1

  • 2012

  • DEC

    50 Non-Profit partner organiations using YRN

  • 2013

  • JUL

    DOD Yellow Ribbon Program recognizes YRN as "Top Resource"

  • 2014

  • JUN

    DOD Yellow Ribbon Program recognizes YRN as "Top Resource"

  • 2015

  • DEC

    Major supporters fund development of YRN Version 2

  • 2016

  • JUL

    YRN Contracts Tech Affinity for YRN Version 2 build

  • DEC

    YRN Version 2 beta testing begins for Financial Assistance Partners & Financial Coaching/Counseling Partners

  • 2017

  • MAR

    Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Affiliates sign on as YRN Version 2 Housing Assistance pilot users

  • AUG

    Univ. of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center selects YRN into Incubator Program

  • OCT

    Hero outreach efforts begin

  • 2018

  • FEB

    YRN selects Univ. of Tampa student veteran team for business development plan and growth strategy

  • JUN

    Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Affiliates support proof of concept for Housing Assistance platform

  • NOV

    YRN Version 2 Launch