Services for Veterans

  • Elderly veteran signing Red Cross flag
American Red Cross services for veterans date back to World War I and remain consistent with the mission of its congressional charter. Today, the Red Cross is proud to maintain its commitment to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Referrals to Community Resources

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all military veterans and their families by connecting them with Red Cross, national, state and local resources through our network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Veterans and their families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and other resources. This key Red Cross service ranges from responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, jobs, mental health), information on veterans cemeteries and burial benefits, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local veterans and their families.

Veterans Claims for Benefits

The Red Cross assists veterans and their family members in preparing, developing, and obtaining sufficient evidence to support applicants’ claims for veterans’ benefits. We also assist claimants who seek to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). This work is done by Red Cross staff at the BVA as well as a network of State Work-Share Representatives who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to work on behalf of the Red Cross.

Volunteerism in VA & Military Hospitals

Red Cross volunteers serve in Veterans Administration (VA) and military hospitals around the nation and around the world. Volunteers, including many veterans and their family members, provide vital assistance in the areas of rehabilitation, recreation, administration, and personal services to the men and women who answered their country’s call and who are now cared for each day in military hospitals and VA medical centers.

How to Contact the Red Cross for Assistance and Volunteer Opportunities

For information and assistance, veterans and their families should contact their local Red Cross office.