Local yellow ribbon organization comes to the rescue for a Marine whose dad died hours after the son's homecoming celebration in South Jersey.
Long deployments overseas take their toll not only on the men and women on the front lines, but also on the family members they leave behind.
That's why members of the 301st Fighter Wing took part in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program in Fort Worth this weekend.
It's a nationwide Department of Defense program designed to make the deployments and the return home less stressful for the service member and their families.
"When I first found out about it, I thought, 'Finally, it's something; taking care of our most valuable resource, our members,'" said Col. Bob Mortensen, 301st Fighter Wing, NAS JRB.
During the weekend, reservists and family members get help with everything from spiritual and mental health needs, to financial and educational services.