It’s that time of year when people start thinking about three things: fireworks, parades and family BBQs. However, the Fourth of July is also a great time to reflect on those who have served and those who continue to serve our country to protect the freedoms that we Americans enjoy every day.
In the spirit of the Fourth of July, here are four ways the Red Cross supports service members, veterans and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
1. Holiday celebrations
When stationed overseas, Red Cross volunteers and staff are always ready to help military families celebrate holidays and special occasions, providing them with a taste of home. Red Cross staff and volunteers currently provide services to 33 overseas installations.
2. Fun activities
Recovering from illness or injury at the VA or a military hospital doesn’t always have to be serious business. Red Cross provides a variety of fun programs for service members and veterans to enjoy, such as art, horticulture and learning to scuba. Last year nearly 11,000 patients participated in therapeutic programs provided by the Red Cross.
3. Kids with heart
Red Cross youth are passionate about supporting service members and veterans. Volunteers provide support to members of the military, veterans and their families in military and veterans hospitals and become youth leaders and service providers on military installations.
4.Visits from a furry friend
Nothing lifts the spirits of an ill or injured service member in the hospital like a wagging tail and sloppy kisses from a canine companion. Last year we served nearly 23,000 wounded, ill or injured through rehab and morale programs.
In celebration of Independence Day, show your support for our dedicated service members, veterans and their families using the generosity app from Google – One Today.