When a military family experiences a crisis, the American Red Cross is there to assist by providing emergency communications 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No matter where a military member and their family are stationed, they can be assured the Red Cross will deliver their notifications in times of crisis.
The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program ensures that service members, veterans and their families have around-the-clock access to timely and reliable comfort and support. Through a worldwide network of 58 SAF stations, the Red Cross provides more than 400,000 services every year. In addition, last year nearly 1.5 million people were briefed on Red Cross services through the “Get to Know Us” program.
As our nation marks Armed Forces Week, here are two stories shared by military families on how the Red Cross was there for them in a time of need.
“Many years ago, my oldest son was at a Navy school. His mother had a heart attack and was not expected to survive. I called the Navy Chaplin service to locate him and get word to him about his mother. I gave them the name of the facility he was at and was told there was no such facility and they couldn't help me.
“My next call was to the Red Cross. The lady told me ‘Don't you worry; we'll have your son in touch with you within 24 hours even if I have to get the Assistant Secretary of Defense out of bed.’ My son was home the next day.”
“I was in Panama with my two children when I was told that my brother had been killed in the states. I was in the Army and the military flew us to the first U.S. stop, which happened to be Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Then I could not use military planes to get close to St. Louis, Mo. because only the service member was able to catch military hop flights within the states. I was desperate to get to my family.
“I called the Red Cross who did not hesitate to help me … That is why I do not hesitate to help the Red Cross whenever I can. They are there if you need them. Thank you, Red Cross.”
How to Contact the Red Cross for Assistance
Call (877) 272-7337 (toll-free within the continental United States) if you are:
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.