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Red Cross holds brunch for military service members, families

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We are proud to give service members peace of mind knowing their families are being supported back home.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a brunch for all active, reserve, and retired military members and their families on May 4 in honor of their dedicated service. The brunch, which will include a buffet of various breakfast foods, will be served at the Palmyra VFW at 4306 Route 31 in Palmyra, New York. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to noon and is free of charge with a military ID.

The Red Cross has a long history of serving the military. Prior to founding the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless efforts serving wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. As the war wound down, Barton refocused her efforts on responding to the many inquiries from family members attempting to locate missing service members. As a result of her efforts, Barton and her associates were able to identify more than 22,000 missing men, a service that was the precursor to the modern Red Cross emergency communications service.

In the event of a family emergency, such as a family death, the American Red Cross sends an emergency message to a service member’s commanding officer; this process is the only way a service member can obtain emergency leave.

In 2012, the Red Cross delivered nearly 400 emergency communications to service members, 33 of which occurred in Wayne County.

The Red Cross also provides support to families of active duty service members by providing emergency loans, counseling and guidance. The Red Cross is a fixture at troop deployment ceremonies, where volunteers are often called upon to provide words of encouragement and support to families preparing to separate due to a deployment.

“We are dedicated to continuing the Red Cross tradition of supporting our troops, whether home or away, and their families,” said Jim Love, Executive Director for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are proud to give service members peace of mind knowing their families are being supported back home.”

The support doesn’t end there. The Red Cross maintains close ties to the local VA hospitals and assists veteran groups through a variety of services, including grant funding that helps stock supplies for the hospital’s residents.

The military brunch, with food provided by the Palmyra VFW Women’s Auxiliary, is a great opportunity for service members and families to meet others and develop connections in the community, as well as learning information about assistance the Red Cross can provide. Interested attendees are asked to RSVP with Betsy Americo at the Wayne County Red Cross Chapter at or 315.331.3783.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 or join our blog at