As we approach Veteran’s Day, we are reminded of the selfless service of our military members and their families.
The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army.
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 through our Service to the Armed Forces program.
Here are our services:
We link military members during emergencies. Red Cross workers use advanced communications technologies to link service members with their families. Our Emergency Communications Center quickly and efficiently obtains the required information and sends emergency communication messages to service members of every branch of service wherever in the world they happen to be.
We connect families with local community resources. Building on its trusted presence in communities across the nation and on military installations around the world, the Red Cross links military families to local resources and support services.
We provide resiliency training. Families back home count on the Red Cross to provide training that promotes resiliency and preparedness to help them cope with the challenges of military life. These services include pre- and post-deployment tools, workshops and outreach for family members
We support wounded warriors and military hospitals. Through partnerships with the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, the Red Cross provides transition and reintegration support to wounded warriors, to veterans, and to their families.
We invite the public to send Holiday cards to service member through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is the effort of the American Red Cross to enable Americans to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season. The Red Cross is inviting the public to send cards of thanks, encouragement, and holiday cheer to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and their military families, many of whom will be far away from home and serving in harm’s way this holiday season.
You can visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail for up-to-date information about the program, including the mailing address to where cards should be sent, the deadline for sending cards, additional guidelines, and best practices.
The Red Cross relies on the volunteer spirit and financial generosity of the American people to support America’s military families. Today, as always, the men and women of the American Red Cross continue to show our appreciation for the dedicated service and patriotic sacrifices of America’s military men and women and their families by being there to support them wherever they are and whenever they need us.
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 redcross.org/massachusetts or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMA.