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Coping with the Fort Hood Tragedy

This post was co-written written by Liz Fielden, Associate and Diane Manwill, LPC LMFT LCPC-S, Senior Associate, Mental Health for Services to the Armed Forces department at the National Headquarters in DC.  In the wake of yesterday’s tragic event at Ft. Hood, Texas, our hearts go out to all members of the military community stationed [...]

5 Most Super Super Bowl Military Moments

We were thrilled to see such a military-focus last night during the Super Bowl! The Red Cross is proud to support our service members and their families, and it means a lot to see them celebrated while the whole country was watching. Here are our top 5 favorite moments: 5. Pregame Army Helicopter Flyover No, [...]

Red Cross Military Family Reconnection Workshops

Valentine’s Day is coming, and it gives us the gift of a unique opportunity to appreciate our loved ones. This time is especially meaningful for the millions of military couples in our country who face the hardships, fears and stress associated with deployment, frequent moves, communication blackouts, mental health issues, and reintegration. Many service members [...]

“The Stars” Align to Spread Hope on #GivingTuesday

Today, the stars are aligned. At the Red Cross, we are fortunate to work with our celebrity donors and volunteers, as well as many television and film partners.  Each day, they bring us creative ideas about how to alleviate suffering and save lives through the powerful and creative influence of the entertainment industry.  They sing [...]

Crafting with Kiddos

Once a year, the Red Cross provides Americans with an opportunity to send holiday cards to United States service members, veterans, and their families. Anyone is welcome to participate, and I know from experience that this campaign is a perfect way for adults and children alike to learn more about the American Red Cross and [...]

Celebrate Thanksgivukkah with Holiday Mail for Heroes

This week marks perhaps the rarest convergence of holidays ever: Thanksgivukkah! (For all my goys out there, Jewish holidays change annually based on the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th day of the Jewish month Kislev, which can fall anywhere from November 28 through December 26.) On this year, of all years, Hanukkah [...]

Red Cross Helps Airman Get To Wife & Premature Baby’s Bedside

This is a message the Red Cross received from New Jersey military spouse and mother of three, Leslie Guenther. You can see her blog, MommyCombatTeam, to learn more about her family and her experiences as a military spouse. Right now I am sitting here reading about a baby that was to go into surgery while his [...]

From the Archives – Victory Book Campaign

In November 1941, the American Red Cross, the United Service Organizations (USO) and the American Library Association (ALA) formed the Victory Book Campaign (originally named the National Defense Book Campaign). This nationwide campaign’s goal was for the public to donate books as reading material for members of the armed forces. The books would supplement the [...]

Making “Coming Home” a Little Easier

This post was written by Liz Fielden, who is in the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces department at the National Headquarters in DC. Her focus is in mental health services for service members and their families. Follow her on Twitter at @fielden10910 Most of us are familiar with the heartwarming videos and images [...]

A Visual Twist to #HolidayMail for Heroes

Each year the American Red Cross community honors veterans, military families and active-duty service members by sending cards and personal messages of encouragement to our heroes around the world. The Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign has allowed us to send missions of cards to service members, bringing smiles and a touch of home to our [...]