Red Cross aids those in military service; Remember those on Memorial Day

Written by: Bri Tarpey is public affairs intern for American Red Cross North Central Wisconsin – republished from the Wausau Daily Herald

Every day men and women are apart from their families in order to serve their country. They are missing graduations, births, holidays and other important family events. They worry about whether someone is sick, just as the families worry about whether troops will make it home.

It only seems fair that we honor our service members with National Military Appreciation Month during May.

The American Red Cross has an entire service line dedicated to serving the Armed Forces. We serve 24 million veterans, 1.4 million active duty members, 1.2 million National Guard and Reservists, and all of their family members.

The American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces include:

  • Providing emergency communications between military members and their families.
  • Supporting hospital outreach and veterans programs.
  • Providing services and programs for deployed service members and their families.
  • Supporting wounded warriors programs.
  • Supporting families coping with the stress of deployments.

Leaving for a deployment is overwhelming for everyone. In 2009, the American Red Cross reached 1.2 million people through “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” briefings to help increase awareness of our services before military members left.

A number of events can happen during a deployment. The Red Cross provides emergency communications 24/7, as well as immediate financial assistance in the case of an emergency.

Red Cross volunteers assist wounded troops in military hospitals and on the front lines through volunteers on military installations around the world, including places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

The American Red Cross is here for military members and their families before, during, and after a deployment. Many veterans coming home face problems of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and thoughts of suicide. Hundreds of thousands of service members return from deployment with these injuries; unfortunately, less than one percent actually get treated.

If a service member you know needs Red Cross assistance, visit www.redcross.org or call 800-REDCROSS or 800-733-2767.

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