The American Red Cross was birthed on the battlefield with Clara Barton’s selfless service to our nation’s military. Whether nursing them back to health or providing a connection to injured service members to their families at home, she brought care and comfort to America’s finest.
Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.
During the month of March, Red Cross Month, the Illinois Capital Area Chapter would like to thank our nation’s military members for their service and recommit to assisting military families, active armed forces members and veterans.
Last year, the Illinois Capital Area Chapter connected 390 military families in a crisis. When a military family experiences an emergency, the American Red Cross is there to help. Wherever their military service takes them, service members can rest assured that the Red Cross will deliver notification of an emergency such as the death or serious illness of an immediate family member, as well as the good news of the birth of a service member's child or grandchild.
“Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross relays urgent messages containing accurate, factual, complete and verified descriptions of the emergency to service members stationed anywhere in the world,” said Colleen Stone, Chief Executive Officer. “Even if the service member receives an email or phone call from home, Red Cross-verified information assists the member and his/her commanding officers with making a decision regarding emergency leave.”
Knowing in advance that communication links, access to financial assistance and information and referral will be available in an emergency brings peace of mind to service members and to the families from whom they are separated.