Blood Services

  • Service to the Armed Forces

Since its inception the American Red Cross has played a critical role in supporting those serving in the armed forces and their families.

Both active duty and community-based military members can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies, and information and referral and assistance to veterans. Red Cross personnel form a global network in 700 U.S. chapters, in military installations worldwide and in forward deployed locations in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition, hundreds of Red Cross chapters across the nation brief departing service members and their families regarding available support services and explain how the Red Cross may assist them during the deployment.

Emergency Communication Services

If you are an active military member in need of assistance contacting family members during a crisis, or the spouse of an active duty member in need of connecting with that person during a crisis, you can receive assistance by calling the toll free, family emergency number: 1-877-272-7337. When you make the call, you should be prepared with the following information to facilitate appropriate action:
  • Service Member's Full Name
  • Rank/Rating
  • Branch of Service
  • Social Security Number
  • Military Address Where Deployed
  • Home Base Unit

Emergency Financial Assistance

The Red Cross may coordinate financial assistance through military aid societies. This assistance can be either an interest-free loan or a grant, and can be for travel expenses during a personal or family crisis requiring the presence of the service member or his or her family. Financial aid may also be provided when there is a demonstrated need for funds for burial assistance or urgent health and welfare needs such as food and shelter. To inquire whether you qualify for assistance call: 1-877-272-7337.

Know Us Before You Need Us

Members of the U. S. Armed Forces don't have to be actively deployed to benefit from Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services. The Red Cross provides services to more than 1.2 million members of the Reserves and National Guard when they are living in their local communities and when they are mobilized.
The Red Cross wants members of the National Guard, Reserves and other community-based military personnel to get to know us before you need us. 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 which 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. For more information, phone (801) 323-7000.

Information and Referral Services

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all military personnel- active duty, National Guard and Reserves-and their families. Counseling, guidance, information, referrals and other social services are available through our worldwide network of chapters and offices on military installations.

As more and more National Guard and Reserve units are called to full-time duty status, counseling has become increasingly important to prepare the civilian-based military members and their families for the period of activation. Because members of the National Guard and Reserve typically live in civilian neighborhoods, they and their families frequently have difficulty accessing much-needed, military-related social services. For more information phone (801) 323-7000.

Service for Veterans

Volunteers from Red Cross chapters and Red Cross offices on military installations serve in 153 VA hospitals around the nation. It is their way of saying thank-you to that special group of men and women who answered their country’s call and who are now cared for each day in VA medical centers. For more information, phone (801) 323-7000

Veterans Claims for Benefits

The Red Cross provides assistance and information in preparing, developing, and obtaining sufficient evidence to support applicants’ claims for veterans’ benefits and also assists claimants who seek to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). Red Cross staff at the BVA and a network of State Work-Share Representatives who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs work on behalf of the Red Cross to assist claimants. For more information, phone (801) 323-7000