Service to the Armed Forces and Veterans

  • The American Red Cross is reknowned for its support of military families.

The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.

The American Red Cross provides critical services with a caring touch to men and women in all branches of the United States military, active duty personnel, reservists and members of the National Guard, and their families. Through our Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program, service men and women are eligible for three types of assistance beginning on the first day of enlistment: Emergency Services, Service to Military Families and Service to Military and Veterans Hospitals.

Red Cross man delivering an emergency communication to a military service woman

Linking Military Families During an Emergency

Red Cross workers use advanced communications technologies to link service members with their families. Our Emergency Communications Center quickly and efficiently obtains the required information and sends emergency communication messages to service members of every branch of service wherever in the world they happen to be.

For assistance call (877) 272-7337

Red Cross woman talking to military service man and woman at an event

Connecting Families with Local Community Resources

Building on its trusted presence in communities across the nation and on military installations around the world, the Red Cross links military families to local resources and support services.

Miliatary service man receiving comfort from a Red Cross service dog

Providing Resiliency Training

Families back home count on the Red Cross to provide training that promotes resiliency and preparedness to help them cope with the challenges of military life. Our Reconnection Workshops focus on individuals and small groups and are designed to help family members reconnect and service members reintegrate successfully. Led by licensed, specially trained Red Cross mental health workers, each session address a topic that military families have found relevant to reunion adjustment.

Red Cross volunteer visiting a wounded veteran in a military hospital

Supporting Wounded Warriors and Military Hospitals

Through partnerships with the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, the Red Cross provides transition and reintegration support to wounded warriors, to veterans, and to their families.

Red Cross Los Angeles SAF

"Get to Know Us Before You Need Us" Briefings

Red Cross representatives attend Yellow Ribbon briefings for members of the National Guard, the reserves and their families to inform them about Red Cross emergency services, disaster preparedness and health and safety courses.

For additional information, contact Lauren Trosclair Duncan at (310) 445-9945 or

Red Cross Los Angeles Holiday Mail for Heroes

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Send a message of gratitude and encouragement by buying or making holiday greeting cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Ways to participate: coordinate an L.A. Region card-signing party; participate in a sorting party to ensure cards are appropriately packaged; or deliver the cards to locations in the L.A. Region that have Active Duty Military, National Guard, Reserves and Retirees.

For additional information, contact Lauren Trosclair Duncan at (310) 445-9945 or

Red Cross Los Angeles Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project gives veterans the opportunity to share their personal service experiences on video, which are then housed at the Library of Congress. These videographies are a road map to future generations, unedited and uncut, detailing war and service memories to be preserved forever. In addition, each vet gets his or her own webpage, a copy of the DVD for family and lapel pin.

For information about the project, contact Lauren Trosclair Duncan at (310) 445-9945 or

Red Cross Los Angeles Stand Down

Stand Down

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, receive letters and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment.

Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. Homeless veterans are brought together in a single location for one to three days and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives.

For more information about Stand Down events in the Los Angeles Region, contact Lauren Duncan at (310) 445-9945 or

Rams and Red Cross Mail for Heroes

Red Cross Los Angeles teams up with the LA Clippers and CarMax to build comfort kits for veterans

Overview of Service to the Armed Forces

Our volunteer work at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center