Service to the Armed Forces

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The American Red Cross serves as a lifeline to the United States Armed Forces through its Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program. SAF is uniquely equipped to provide an exclusive worldwide communication and support network that serves as a link between active and retired military service members and their families, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition, the Mid-Florida Region provides an economic safety net for low-income military family members who do not qualify for government welfare benefits and has partnered with Military OneSource and Military Home Front to provide social services, emergency travel, financial assistance and mental health support for returning troops, National Guard and Reservists.

The American Red Cross also provides services to the armed forces community in clinics, medical centers on military installations around the world and at VA hospitals. In Brevard County, Red Cross volunteers routinely work at Patrick Air Force Base providing service to the armed forces, which includes fourteen trained client caseworkers. The Red Cross assists in verifications of all applications for compassionate leave and also supports the base pharmacy and clinic.