OHIO RED CROSS HOSTING H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE

“H.E.R.O.E.S. Care” is a collaborative effort between four charities working together to provide comprehensive care for service members and their families in the communities where they live.

The American Red Cross Armed Forces Family Network and the Hancock County Veterans Service Office in Findlay are teaming up to enhance and expand support for military members and their families through “H.E.R.O.E.S. Care” - a system of support now available to Ohio military families.

“H.E.R.O.E.S. Care” (Home front Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support) is a collaborative effort between four charities working together to provide comprehensive care for service members and their families in the communities where they live. Military families are assigned to specially trained caregivers who have priority access to organizations that provide emergency financial and material support, job training and placement services, and confidential mental health care. These services are available before, during, and after deployment according to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care Outpost Coordinator Brandon Dunman.

Members of the military and their families are encouraged to attend the Armed Forces Family Network monthly program at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2013 at the Hancock County Red Cross office located at 125 Fair Street in Findlay. Guests will learn more about H.E.R.O.E.S. Care and how the community can come together to assist and support local military members and their families.

Funding for meals and childcare for the Armed Forces Family Network is provided by a grant from Handbags That Help. Handbags That Help (HTH) is a local women’s giving circle formed in 2007 by a group committed to dramatically improving lives throughout the Greater Hancock County community by collectively funding significant grants to charitable projects.

Today’s military families – active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans – are spread across the United States. Many live far from military installations and the support services they offer – but few are far from a Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross addresses the unique characteristics of today’s military service members and their families, enabling and empowering military families to successfully prepare for, manage and transition through the challenges of military life.

The Red Cross Armed Forces Family Network meets the third Thursday of each month at

6 p.m. at the Red Cross office - 125 Fair St. in Findlay. Free child care is available. For more information about this program, people can call 419-422-9322, visit redcross.org/hancock or

e-mail chhancockcountyohinfo@redcross.org.