In 2021 more than 150 local Service to the Armed Forces volunteers offered programs and services virtually and on-site at military medical facilities and veterans care locations in our region. The efforts included projects like providing baby baskets to expecting service members, and holding resiliency workshops to provide military, veterans, and their families with effective tools for facing challenges and stress. This past year our SAF team provided support to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Blue Ash Air National Guard Station, Springfield-Beckly Air National Guard Base, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Zanesville Air National Guard Base, Defense Supply Center Cincinnati and Columbus, and many more. Our volunteers provided more than 8,000 service hours in our Veterans’ Administration Hospitals in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton and the Wright-Patterson Medical Center.
The Central & Southern Ohio Region also provides local services, such as:
Emergency Communications | When family emergencies occur, such as the death or illness of an immediate family member of the service member, the Red Cross assists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through our global communications network. No natter where a service member or their family is stationed, they can rest assured that the Red Cross will deliver their message in times of crisis. The Red Cross sends verified report of emergency to the military member’s command. This assists the command in making a decision regarding granting emergency leave. To initiate this request, call 877-272-7337. Click here to read about one local family who was recently helped by our Hero Care Network.
Support to Military and Veteran Medical Facilities | Every day, Red Cross volunteers provide support in Veteran Affairs and Military Medical Facilities around the world. Locally, those include the Wright-Patterson AFB Military Treatment Facility, and the VA Hospitals in Cincinnati, Dayton, Chillicothe, and Columbus. These volunteers provide comfort and peace of mind to the veteran and military families who are recovering from illness and injury
Ensuring Prepared and Resilient Military/Veteran Communities | The Red Cross provides presentations about its services to newly enlisted service members and their families at the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), as well as for those who are about to Deploy away from home. The Red Cross also teaches Resiliency Programs that provide tools to address the challenges and stress of military life and reintegration with family and community. All resiliency programs are confidential and led by licensed mental health professionals with additional Red Cross training. News Story: Red Cross offers Service to the Armed Forces Workshops for military families at Camp Joy
Providing Access to Financial Assistance | Through our partnership with Military Aid Societies, the Red Cross provides 24/7 access to emergency financial assistance to eligible service members, military retirees, and their families. Financial assistance may include help with emergency travel, rent, food, utilities, and other expenses. To initiate this request, contact the Hero Care Network: 877-272-7337.
Providing Information about Local Community Resources | The Hero Care Network also provides information to military members, veterans, and their families in need of immediate assistance with critical community and global services. This involves connecting clients with resources within the community who may be best able to address those needs.
The Service to the Armed Forces Program helps meet the needs of a changing military by ensuring that active-duty and community-based service members, veterans and their families have worldwide access to timely and reliable humanitarian services such as emergency communications, financial assistance and information and referral.