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Red Cross Supports Inaugural Military Awareness Week May 13-19

The American Red Cross, Mecklenburg County and the Community Area Resource Team for Troops (CARTT) and other community organizations are excited to announce the Inaugural Military Awareness Week next week (May 13-19).

The intent of Military Awareness Week is to create awareness of our local military population, their unique needs and what support resources are already in place. Mecklenburg County holds the second largest military population in the state, with Cumberland County, home to Fort Bragg, being the largest.

Among other events next week will be:

An Armed Forces Career Expo 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Navy-Marine Corps Reserve Center (6115 N. Hill Circle, Charlotte, NC 28213). This expo will offer several classes including Resume Writing and Interviewing, How to Be Your Own Boss and specialized classes for HR Professionals on the benefits of working with a Veteran or Service member. There will also be a hiring event starting at noon where employers will conduct interviews.

A closing celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Marshall Park. The American Red Cross will provide an informational table. There will be entertainment, games, relay events and food.

Mecklenburg County and CARTT, along with the American Red Cross, want to encourage volunteers to help with these events, as well as bring current and former military, their families, and community together to celebrate the contribution of our service members and the community that supports them.

For more information, please contact our Regional Coordinator, Services to the Armed Forces, Robin Callahan at or visit for more details.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please join our blog at