Program Funds Critical in Enabling Red Cross Support for the Armed Forces
WASHINGTON, DC, May 16, 2016 — In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the American Red Cross is recognizing its partners The Home Depot®, the LAW Foundation, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. and The USAA Foundation for supporting members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families through the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Giving Program.
Members of the SAF Giving Program are among the most valued corporate and foundation partners of the Red Cross thanks to their annual commitment to support Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. Their contributions ensure that military members, veterans and their families get the support they need at every stage of military life. Through SAF, the Red Cross has trained more than 7,100 family members in improving coping skills and resilience.
“Our SAF Giving Program members play a vital role in ensuring the Red Cross has the resources and staff to support service members and their families throughout their life in the military,” said Koby Langley, senior vice president of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. “We’re extremely grateful for their generosity because it allows us to provide a full spectrum of services, including helping families cope with deployment and supporting returning combat veterans as they reintegrate into the community.”
Through employees and more than 12,000 volunteers, the Red Cross helps deliver services to the military and veterans at Red Cross offices across the country and on more than a hundred military installations around the world—including Djibouti and Kuwait. The organization serves two million military personnel, including active duty, National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans.
Hero Care Network
The Red Cross also provides global emergency communications services and supports military and veterans health care facilities across the country and overseas. In 2015, the organization provided more than 367,000 case services to nearly 108,000 military families, thanks to the support from the SAF Giving Program members, and is positioned to leverage this existing system to do more. Through a new program called the Hero Care Network, the Red Cross will use technology and collaborative relationships to implement an integrated casework, referral and financial assistance system that will allow the organization to:
For nearly 130 years, the Red Cross has provided comfort and support to members of the United States military. Last year alone, investment in SAF:
To support Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, alongside the SAF Giving Program members, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.
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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.