The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties Armed Forces Family Network (AFFN) will feature a guest speaker from the Pentagon during their July meeting. The program will be a joint meeting with the Ohio National Guard Regional Inter Service Family Assistance Committee (RISFAC). It will be held on a special day and time, Tuesday, July 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Hancock County Red Cross, 125 Fair St. in Findlay.
Featured speaker Lieutenant Colonel Herb Koehler will present information on the Soldier for Life program. The focus of Soldier for Life is community engagement to connect soldiers and their families to employment, education and healthcare. The lifecycle of the Army ensures volunteer soldiers start strong, serve strong, reintegrate strong, and remain Army strong throughout their lives.
Also speaking will be Brandon Dunman of H.E.R.O.E.S. Care (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support), a collaborative effort between four local charities working together to provide comprehensive care for service members and their families in the communities where they live.
The RISFAC is comprised of local teams who are closer to the service members and the military families than the centers located on military bases throughout the state. The Hancock County Red Cross hosts meetings twice a year. Each meeting features organizations that offer resources for service members and their families as well as representatives of the military. The meetings are open to local service members, military families, and veterans.
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 Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. in Findlay. Free child care and meals are provided through the support of Handbags That Help. For more information, call 419-422-9322, visit redcross.org/hancock or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.