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Red Cross to Host Services to the Armed Forces Summit

We are proud to be able to continue that tradition by hosting this event and working to create a plan of action moving forward.

The American Red Cross is hosting a Service to the Armed Forces Summit in Clarksville next week, to identify needs and develop solutions for challenges faced by today’s military families.

“The Red Cross has a long history of working with current and former military members and their families,” said Joel Sullivan, Regional CEO for the Tennessee Volunteer Region. “We are proud to be able to continue that tradition by hosting this event and working to create a plan of action moving forward.”

The event is open to the public and will be held at:

William O. Beach Civic Hall / 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 201 / Clarksville, TN 37040

Monday, October 15th: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16th: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Special guests include: Honorary Co-Chairs – The Honorable Joe Pitts, Tennessee House of Representatives,

The Honorable Curtis Johnson, Tennessee House of Representatives, Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Mayor Carolyn P. Bowers, Montgomery County, Honorable Kim McMillan, Mayor of Clarksville

On Monday there will be a panel of discussion leaders made up of military families, veteran advocates, and others who have working knowledge of the challenges faced by military families to identify needs of those currently serving (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve) as well as veterans who have served.

The conclusion of the event on Tuesday will feature a panel of discussion leaders made up largely of military service organizations, family programs, and commands detailing the services that are currently provided along with discussion of what additional action should be taken to meet the needs identified in day one. The audience will also have an opportunity to join the conversation on both days and are encouraged to participate.

The American Red Cross has a long history of providing service to members of America's military and their families during conflicts, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. Beginning in the mid-1800s, Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, risked her life on the battlefields of the Civil War to tend to fallen soldiers. She worked to boost morale, nursed the wounded, wrote letters from wounded soldiers to their families and exerted every effort to get the critically ill and wounded to or near their families.

Following in the footsteps of Clara Barton, today’s American Red Cross communication services work to keep military personnel in touch with their families following the death or serious illness of a family member or other important events, such as the birth of a child. The Red Cross quickly sends these communications on behalf of the family to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving anywhere in the world, including ships at sea, embassies and isolated military units. The information or verification in a message assists the service member’s commanding officer with making a decision regarding emergency leave.

About the Tennessee Volunteer Region: The American Red Cross Tennessee Volunteer Region operates 9 Chapters and serves residents in 62 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee. The Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. For more information about how get involved and volunteer with your local Chapter, please visit us at www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.