Service to Armed Forces

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The American Red Cross of Massachusetts provides care and support to members of Massachusetts’ military, veterans and their families through traditional and innovative programs aimed at preventing, preparing for and responding to the unique challenges that arise as a result of the deployment cycle and beyond.

How to Contact the Red Cross for Assistance - The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call (877) 272-7337 (toll-free) or contact your local Red Cross.

Warmer Winters Initiative

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is encouraging donations of sweaters, scarves, or a pair of socks and gloves this winter as part of our ‘Warmer Winters’ initiative, in lieu of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. As fewer service members are deployed from Massachusetts, we’d like to focus on our homeless veteran population during the cold winter months. Your donation of a NEW wrapped warm item and ONE signed holiday card will be distributed to our homeless veterans throughout the Commonwealth.

  • Warmer items include: Gloves, scarves, socks, hats and sweaters
  • Please be sure to note the size of the item which you have wrapped (we are requesting sizes large, XL, XXL, XXXL)
  • Size and gender should be written on the wrapping
  • Place gifts in any ‘Warmer Winters’ bin at your local Chapter. Feel free to call Service to the Armed Forces Coordinator, Priya Sheriff at 508-595-3730 with any questions. Thank you for your support of our local military members!

    For information about the Holiday Mail for Heroes Initiative please visit our Service to Armed Forces page.

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    Linking Military Families

    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.


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    Connecting Families with Local 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.


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    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.


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    Supporting Veterans & Veterans 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.


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    Get to Know Us Before You Need Us

    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.


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    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.