Service to Armed Forces Update – July Newsletter

The American Red Cross works with the United States Military in emergency situations to send communications to service 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 300 messages.

We work with local veteran organizations, Vet 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.

This year we were able to do over 100 outreach events using our “Get to Know Us before You Need Us” briefings along with table top presentations for active military/veterans and family. We have a veteran family support group meeting once a month. At our last meeting, we had 45 veterans and military family members attend.

The American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region started a mentoring program that has been very successful. Over 50 clients have been and continue to be mentored in this program. The mentor helps the veteran navigate and receive benefits and assistance available in our community. We are recruiting volunteer veteran’s to assist in this program.

We also continue to work with our Military Affairs Council along with our Unite Council. UNITE (Universities Networking Information to Educate) is a program tailored to the needs of those who have served our country in the military. Since its inception in January 2012, it has incorporated local universities and military institutions to form a united organization with the goal of benefiting veterans and their families.

The City Of Fort Myers, American Red Cross and American Legion Post 38 held its 2nd Memorial Day Service. It was a huge success we received over 300 items for our Troops that our Deployed to Afghanistan. Our members and staff also helped place over 4,500 flags at local cementers thought the Counties.  A special thanks to AmeriCorps member Bev Collins for putting a team together to place flags at the Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home Cemetery.


– Jeremy Gentile

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