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Red Cross Military Assistance

"Get to Know Us Before You Need Us"

Today's American Red Cross is keeping pace with the changing military. Featuring the latest in computer and telecommunications technology, the American Red Cross Emergency Service Center delivers around-the-clock emergency communication services to active duty military personnel, and to their families.

While serving 1.4 million active duty personnel, the Red Cross "Get To Know Us Before You Need Us" campaign reaches out to an additional 1.5 million members of the National Guard and the Reserves living in almost every neighborhood in America.

  • Stay in touch with loved ones. Our worldwide emergency communications network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We help you send emergency messages regarding the death or serious illness of a family member, the birth of a child, or other family emergencies.
  • Get verification of emergency leave information. We provide you and your Commander with fast, reliable information to help make decisions regarding emergency leave, deferments, compassionate reassignments, and dependency discharges.
  • Secure emergency financial assistance. We collaborate with the military aid societies in providing financial assistance when an urgent personal or family crisis arises - that is, when you might need financial assistance for emergency travel, burial of a loved one, or urgent health and welfare needs such as food and shelter.
  • Obtain counseling, information, referrals, and other social needs. In addition to having Red Cross workers available to you for confidential problem-solving, as a community-based military member you are also entitled to a variety of health and supportive services from military and other sources. The Red Cross can help you understand your military-related benefits.
  • Receive Veterans services to which you are entitled. The Red Cross represents veterans and their families who seek compensation awards from the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Red Cross volunteers also serve hospitalized veterans at VA medical centers with disaster assistance, health and safety education, and volunteer opportunities.