The American Red Cross serves our nation’s military personnel and their families, including active duty, National Guard and Reserve, as well as our veterans. For over 135 years, the American Red Cross has provided critical assistance to military families – beginning with our founder, Clara Barton, on Civil War battlefields. Our employees along with thousands of volunteers help deliver services at Red Cross offices across the country and in more than one hundred military installations around the world—including Djibouti, Iraq and Kuwait. As a result, more than 1 million military families have been served since 9/11.
How We Help
The American Red Cross support our military members from the moment they enlist to the moment they separate from the service – and beyond. We offer critical assistance and resources to service members, veterans and their families globally 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Three key components are:
When significant family emergencies occur, the Red Cross is a gateway to a network of comprehensive assistance. The United States Department of Defense (DoD) relies solely on the Red Cross to obtain verified reports of family situations for service members and their commanders, enabling them to make timely decisions about returning home. The Red Cross also helps identify and provides access to resources, including financial assistance, in response to a family’s emergency needs.
Military Hospitals and Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care Facilities
Red Cross volunteers and employees work with military and VA hospitals and clinics to provide rehabilitation therapy, morale-building activities and material assistance that is vital to the comfort, recovery and health care of service members and veterans.
Building Strong Families and Resilient Communities
The Red Cross works to strengthen families’ capacity to cope with the unique demands of a military lifestyle. This is achieved through preparedness briefings; mental health, preparedness, health and safety courses; health-care job certification training; and volunteer, networking and support opportunities—all delivered in local communities across the nation and on military installations around the globe.
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Your Support at Work
The Hero Care Network Never Sleeps
24/7 emergency communications provided to all military, veterans and their families.
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
Provides in-person and online communities offering peer-based support and workshops for injured military and veteran caregivers.
In-person and online workshops for both adults and kids teaching coping methods to deal with stress, anger, trauma and learning how to effectively communicate.
Become a SAF Red Cross Champion
Red Cross supporters are at the heart of all this work and Red Cross Champions are its lifeblood. When you join this patriotic group of monthly donors, you provide a reliable line of support and funding for serving active military and veteran families around the world. By providing monthly support to the nation’s longest running military support organization – the American Red Cross – you can help save and change lives every single day. Heroes rely on supporters like you and thank you for your commitment.
Starting with as little as $10/monthly, it’s hard to overstate the impact of your generosity when you become a monthly donor.
The American Red Cross is there every step of the way for members of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Your gift will help ensure that those who serve our country have our unwavering support.