Service to the Armed Forces Update

The American Red Cross sends emergency messages to members of the United States Military to notify service members of emergency situations. Messages are sent in regards to such situations as births, serious illnesses and deaths of imitate family members. These communications are delivered around-the-clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year by our wonderful Volunteers and Staff. Locally this year we have sent over 304 messages.

We work with local Veteran organizations, Veteran Center and the VA Clinic to help supply our returning veterans, active duty personnel and their families with the resources, contacts, and means to adjust and succeed in civilian life. We do outreach events using our “Get to Know Us before You Need Us” briefings along with table top presentations for Active Military / Veteran’s and family. We have a Veteran Family support group meeting once a month (second Thursday) at Perkins Family Restaurant meeting room. At our last meeting we had 35 Veteran and Military family members attend.

The American Red Cross has a mentoring program that has been very successful we have helped over 45 clients. We are recruiting Volunteer Veteran’s to assist in this program. The mentor helps the Veteran navigate and receive their benefits and help in our community.

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