The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program (SAF) is our oldest, chartered mission. SAF was born on the Civil War battlefield, through the passion of Red Cross founder Clara Barton. Clara risked her life to care for soldiers and also provided humanitarian services for their families. At the end of the War, her Missing Soldiers Office helped to locate more than 22,000 of the dead and missing, and give closure to their loved ones. There’s a monument to her efforts in Georgia at the Andersonville National Cemetery.
Clara Barton’s legacy of providing critical services with a caring touch to men and women in all branches of the military continues today, more than 130 years later. Our Red Cross SAF program focuses in three key areas: Emergency Services, Support for Military Hospitals and VA Health Care Facilities, and Building Strong Families and Resilient Communities.
Here in Georgia, the Red Cross is present on seven military installations and offers staff and patient support at six VA and military health care centers.