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Help Our Soldiers Overseas

Published: November 7, 2009

Help Our Soldiers Overseas, Right Here at Home

Nothing is as welcome to Americans in military service as the knowledge that their families are safe, secure, and supported back home.

Thanks to the American Red Cross, men and women on a mission, in training, or stationed far from home can stay connected.

The Emergency Communications Service, a division of the American Red Cross, offers emergency communications for family members of  Americans on active duty and members of the National Guard and Reserves.

It also helps families prepare for the deployment of a loved one. Last year, Red Cross workers briefed 974,573 departing service members.

They provided information about family support services and how the Red Cross could assist them with emergency funding for food, fuel, or transportation.

The American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces also recruits volunteers for military and veterans hospitals throughout the country. It has expanded work in military hospitals to support the recently established Warrior Transition Units, which help wounded service members facing surgeries, lengthy recovery periods, and rehabilitation.

Parade-goers salute the color guard during a Veterans Day tribute in Indianapolis, November 11, 2009.

Parade-goers salute the color guard during a Veterans Day tribute in Indianapolis, November 11, 2009.

During fiscal year 2008 the Red Cross handled over 630,000 emergency communications services for military families worldwide. It provided over $5.8 million in financial assistance to more than 5,000 uniformed service members, their families and veterans in partnership with the Military Aid Societies.

Here’s Where You Come In …

All of this work is supported by volunteers and donated funds. Your contribution to the American Red Cross offers priceless peace-of-mind to the men and women facing the hardest challenge of national service.

Show your support by donating to the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

For more information, go to redcross.org.

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  • Pam

    There is also an organization that I have supported for the past 4 years – http://www.adoptaplatoon.org. It affords you the opportunity to give support and encouragement to our soldiers already out there in harm’s way. We can never repay what they are doing on our behalf, but we can show appreciation and generosity.