Service to the Armed Forces

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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.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS if you are a Service member or a family of a Service member in need of emergency communications or emergency financial assistance.

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.