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Veterans Day 2014: Then and Now

The American Red Cross has long had a unique relationship with the military. Today, we provide services like emergency communications and resiliency training. But did you know we pioneered the development of psychiatric nursing programs at veterans hospitals, made artificial limbs and helped rehabilitate amputees and blinded veterans during World War I? How about the recreation workers [...]

Reporting for Duty: A Retired Army Colonel at the Red Cross

In October of 2010, Retired Colonel Benjamin F. Robinson retired from a second career in civil service. The following week, Robinson walked through the front doors of the American Red Cross and said he was ready to volunteer. No time for relaxing – he had work to do. “There was no way I could sit [...]

Fourth of July Throwback: Service to the Armed Forces

This Fourth of July, we remember and commemorate all of the service members who sacrificed their comfort and freedom in order to serve our country. The American Red Cross has been a vital part of this story for more than 130 years – providing comfort and care for the wounded, ill and injured, but also [...]

Ode to a Red Cross Deployer

The Service to the Armed Forces division of the American Red Cross helps our military members and their families across the world. In addition to our helping throughout our communities, the Red Cross also has staff and volunteers at military installations stateside and across the world. These Red Crossers, no matter if they are at [...]

Memorial Day Post: Grampa’s House

I always loved going to my Grampa’s house. When I was a baby, Grampa would relieve my mom by walking me to his house every day, just the two of us. I thought it was hysterical to throw my hat as far as I could, and he loved holding on to a stroller with his [...]

I’m a Military Mom!

By Dorry Gundy,  Mother of Navy Lt. Shannon Rice I didn’t expect I would be the mother of a U.S. Navy officer. I’ve always had a deep respect for those who serve in the military. My father was a Master Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in the Pacific Islands during World War [...]

14 #MilSpouse Truths

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! If you’re a #MilSpouse, how many of these are true for you? 1. Your kids are tech wiz kids, after all the Skyping, Google Hangouts, and emailing they do with their deployed parent.   2. Your surprise homecoming fantasies rival your single friends’ proposal fantasies.   3. You when non-military spouses complain [...]

First and Second Ladies Visit the Red Cross

Wednesday was an exciting day at the American Red Cross National Headquarters! We had the privilege to host the Launch of the Joining Forces Impact Pledge event, in coordination with the White House, the Council on Foundations and the White Oak Steering Committee. Joining Forces is the White House initiative to rally the military, nonprofit, [...]

Celebrating Military Children This April

There are currently 1.8 million children with one or more parent serving in the military. In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child” to recognize the special contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation. While we often hear [...]

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 [...]