Service to the Armed Forces

Services to the Armed Forces

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.

In The Greater Chesapeake Region, we work with a number of military bases, military treatment facilities, and VA centers including, Fort George G. Meade, Fort Detrick, Dover Air Force Base, United States Naval Academy, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Indian Head Naval Base, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Perry Point VA Medical Center, Baltimore VA Medical Center, Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center, and Wilmington VA Medical Center.

Top Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for positions including:

  • Outreach volunteers – Briefing service members
  • Medical Treatment Facility volunteers – medically licensed and non-licensed volunteers to work at military clinics
  • VA volunteers – multiple positions
  • Casework – social work
  • Leadership Positions – multiple positions
  • Position descriptions can be found by clicking here, putting in your zip code and selecting “Services for Military and Veteran Community” as your category of interest.


    For additional information, please reach out to the Greater Chesapeake Region SAF staff.

    Cyndi Ryan

    Regional Director

    Jim Perry

    Regional Manager

    Ivy Walker

    Regional Coordinator