Service to the Armed Forces

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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.

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.

Linking Military Families During an Emergency

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.

Connecting 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.

Providing 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.

Supporting 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.

For more information on the SAF program, please contact your local Red Cross.

For emergency military assistance, please call 1 (877) 272-7337.