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Full Circle of Service

This post is from Red Cross Volunteer, Cheryl Searcy I’ve been with the American Red Cross for twenty-two years; I started in Blood Services and then moved to disaster response. Deploying to Afghanistan will bring me full circle with the Red Cross mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. It offers the [...]

MTV’s “Catfish” Shows Marine Overcoming PTSD

As a Red Cross military services employee and a reality TV junkie, I was pumped when my two worlds collided during this week’s episode of “Catfish.” No- “Catfish” isn’t a fishing show or MTV’s version of “Duck Dynasty.” It’s a reality show in which an adorable, perky, hairy-chested documentarian (Nev) and his Anderson Cooper-esque silver [...]

Forever Thankful

This post was written by Elizabeth Cottle, who works for the Red Cross Alabama Central Gulf Coast region as an Apheresis Donor Recruiter as well as at blood drives. In her off time, she raises awareness about the importance of saving lives with the American Red Cross. In the Mid-1980′s, my Dad and Uncle were [...]

Four Absolutes Disproved at Walter Reed

This post was written by Erin Sikorski, who has spent the summer in DC, working as a communications intern for the Service to the Armed Forces department. Erin is a junior at the University of Georgia, majoring in public relations. As a summer intern at the Red Cross National Headquarters in DC, I recently had [...]

A July 4th Salute to Red Cross Patriotic Pups

The strength of the American Red Cross lies in its 500,000 volunteers. On this July 4th, let’s thank some volunteers who are often forgotten: the four-legged, wet-nosed, slobbery-kissing, tail-wagging, fire-hydrant-desecrating patriotic pups who volunteer with our Service to the Armed Forces department! American Red Cross workers are stationed at more than 50 military installations, many [...]

How can the Red Cross help MY family?

Many people do not know if the Red Cross can help their family, but the Red Cross is proud to be there for you and whoever you define your family to be. Our seven founding Fundamental Principles guide our services, and among them are: Humanity: We “ensure respect for the human being.” Impartiality: We are impartial [...]

“Cap’n” Crunch: A Cereal Liar?

Okay, CNN’s John Berman: Let’s talk about that military scandal that’s been rocking the nation. YES! That one. As an employee in the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces department, I was scandalized to learn that our morning cereal hero has been lying to us for decades. Don’t let the gaping smile and floating [...]

The Past Catches Up

It really is a small world, and here’s a story that demonstrates. So here we go: Elementary school students in WI made goody bags to support service members. Red Cross volunteers handed them out at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. (OK stick with me now…) 12 years later Air Force Lt. Jennifer [...]

The Adventure Home

Question: What happens when you combine crazy sandstorms, thunderstorms, an awesome new team,  birthday bash, visiting general, 5K, sprinting to a plane in boots with a backpack (AFTER the 5K), and not sleeping for 27 hrs? Answer: Our trip out of Bagram! Nope, this is not a joke. Who knew that getting out of Afghanistan [...]

From the Archives…Remembering D-Day and Beyond

Red Cross field directors and hospital recreation staff arrived in Normandy soon after the June 6, 1944, invasion, but on July 16, the much-anticipated Red Cross clubmobiles landed. Featured here is the Daniel Boone, the first Red Cross clubmobile to drive on to Utah beach.