Service to the Armed Forces

  • Military service woman with her family

About Service to the Armed Forces

The American Red Cross links members of the U.S. Armed Forces with their families during a crisis. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross quickly sends emergency communications to deployed service members on behalf of their family. Military members can have peace of mind knowing that when they are on a mission, in training or stationed far from home-and leaving cell phones and emails behind-they are still connected to home.

While providing service to 1.4 million active duty military personnel and their families, the Red Cross also reaches out to more than 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families living in nearly every community in America.

Red Cross workers in hundreds of chapters and on military installations briefed 974,573 departing service members and their families regarding available support services, and explained how the Red Cross may assist them during the deployment.

Both active duty and community-based military can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies, information and referral and assistance to veterans. Red Cross personnel form a global network in 700 U.S. chapters, military installations worldwide and in forward deployed locations in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

To reach your family in times of emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year please call 1-877-272-7337. If you would like to request a Red Cross speaker at your event or military briefing, please contact the regional office in Camarillo, (805) 987-1514.

Reconnection Workshops

Reconnection Workshops

The American Red Cross is pleased to present Reconnection Workshops, Presented by Walmart, dedicated to our country’s service men and women, their families and loved ones. Our goal is to support and ease the transition home.

    Available workshops:

  • Communicating Clearly
  • Exploring Stress and Trauma
  • Indentifying Depression
  • Relating to Children
  • Working Through Anger
To register for one or all of these valuable workshops, please email your name, city/state and which workshop you are interested in attending to

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe.

And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

Each year we collect cards between October and early December and then distribute them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and in other locations.

There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties. Find out more information on how you can support Holiday Mail for Heroes.