Financial Assistance

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Financial Assistance

The American Red Cross works under partnership agreements with the Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society to provide quality, reliable financial assistance to eligible applicants 24/7/365. Assistance can include funds for emergency travel, burial of a loved one, emergency food and shelter, etc.

How to Contact the Red Cross for Access to Financial Assistance

Call the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center at (877) 272-7337 (toll-free) if you are:
  • An active duty service member
  • A member of an activated National Guard or Reserve unit
  • An immediate family member of a service member in the above two categories
  • A military retiree or spouse/widow(er) of a retiree
When calling the Red Cross, please provide as much of the following information about the service member as is known:
  • Full legal name
  • Rank/rating
  • Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Military unit address
  • Information about the deployed unit and home base unit (for deployed service members only)