By Doug Bardwell, Red Cross volunteer
In 1776, our founders signed the Declaration of Independence, but without a military to back up our claims, the British Crown could have quickly regained control of our country. Fast forward to 2022, and one needs to look no further than Ukraine to see why our country needs a well- trained, well-equipped, always-prepared military.
Our military guarantees our entire way of life, so we need to do all we can to be there for our fighting men and women, along with their families. That was the original aim of the Red Cross founder, Clara Barton when she began caring for the wounded during the Civil War.
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF)
Since 1881, the American Red Cross has deployed alongside our military in every U.S. conflict since the Spanish-American War. The Red Cross also provides in-person support on more than 100 military installations and deployment sites worldwide, leveraging the services of 14,700 SAF volunteers around the globe.
“Members of the military, veterans, and their family members all make sacrifices,” said Jessica Tischler, Regional Program Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services. “From emotional wellness workshops to emergency communications, our staff of volunteers works hard to help provide valuable service to the armed forces.
Red Cross services for our military and their families include:
“Get to know us before you need us” sessions inform the military family about the variety of Red Cross services available to them.
Delivering verified emergency messages to active-duty personnel worldwide
Facilitating financial assistance and resources through Military Aid Societies
Military hospital services – providing comfort and help with therapy
Coping strategies for families at home
Mind-body stress reduction workshops
Assistance at local VA hospitals and facilities
Hero Care Resource Directory
Information and referral services to community programs
Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
Assistance with veteran’s assistance appeals
Since 9/11, Red Cross and its volunteers have served more than 1 million military families, providing 24/7 emergency care and communications. Would you like to support military and veteran families in your community? Don’t take your freedoms for granted. Sign up to become a Red Cross volunteer or donate on our Support Military Families webpage.
Edited by Glenda Bogar, Red Cross volunteer