Service to the Armed Forces
While providing service to 1.4 million active duty military personnel and their families, the Red Cross also reaches out to more than 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families living in nearly every community in America.
Red Cross workers in hundreds of chapters and on military installations brief departing service members and their families regarding available support services, and they explain how the Red Cross may assist them during the deployment.
Both active duty and community-based military can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance from the military aid societies, counseling, referral to community resources and assistance to veterans. Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) personnel form a global network in more than 700 U.S. chapters, 58 military installations worldwide and in forward deployed locations in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
How can you get involved?
- Transport patients to and from treatment sessions.
- Working in libraries, bringing magazines, books, and comfort items to patient.
- Providing companionship and personal services to patients.
- Working in hospital offices, laboratories and at information desks.
- Raising funds to support veterans’ activities and material needs.
- Participating in outreach opportunities in community-based outpatient clinics, nursing homes and home visitations.
- Participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes.