The mission of the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program is to provide care and comfort to the members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Red Cross SAF volunteers are available to attend yellow-ribbon events and other special events and to provide members of the military and their families with pre- and post-deployment briefings.
To request a Red Cross SAF presentation, workshop or attendance at your military event, please call (303) 607-4785.
Get to Know Us Before You Need Us
This presentation provides service members and their families with an introduction to Red Cross services and how to access them.
All too often, members of the Reserves and National Guard don't know about available Red Cross services until they are mobilized. Knowing in advance that communication links, access to financial assistance and counseling will be available in an emergency brings peace of mind to the military and to the families from whom they are separated. Similarly, knowing that Red Cross services are available to inactive service members and their family members provides a safety net in times of need.
Deployments are a fact of life in the military. Whether a service member’s absence is due to a training exercise, sea duty, combat, or unaccompanied duty in a remote location, separation and reunification pose unique opportunities as well as challenges for all family members. The American Red Cross, with support from Walmart, developed a series of workshops to assist all military families in managing the family’s readjustment to the service member’s return.
Actively licensed and specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them identify and respond to the challenges of readjusting to and transitioning back to a changed family dynamic. The workshops are targeted to service members and their spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others.
Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length. Participants can take them in any order and select those most applicable to their situation. Workshops are free to military members and their families and occur in a supportive and confidential environment.
Coping With Deployment
This important class addresses the stress and strain of deployments on military families and provides helpful tools for managing these challenges.
Licensed Red Cross mental health professionals lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them respond to the challenges of having deployed loved ones. The course is targeted to spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others of service members and veterans. Participants learn the easy steps involved in psychological first aid- which involves providing immediate emotional support to people in distress. A section on referrals also teaches families how to identify other agencies or community resources they can turn to for help and support. All of this happens in a supportive and confidential environment.
The course is approximately 4 ½ hours in length and can be divided into an adult module (2 ½ hours) or a children’s module (2 hours). The children’s module specifically teaches adults how to help young people through the stressful changes that accompany a deployment in the family. The course is free to members of the military and their families. This course it is taught in a confidential environment.