A defense appropriations bill signed into law last week contains funding that will help the American Red Cross better meet the needs of U.S. service members and their families.
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2008 includes $20 million for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program. Congressman John Murtha (PA) was the lead sponsor of the Red Cross funding, which will be used to support the SAF work of Red Cross chapters across to provide support and assistance to American service members and their families.
The Red Cross sends communications on behalf of family members who are facing emergencies to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving around the world. These communications are delivered around the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Red Cross also provides service members and their families with casework and counseling assistance, emergency financial assistance, and access to emotional support networks.
In addition to its support of military families and service members, the Red Cross reaches out to more than 1.2 million members of the National Guard and the Reserves and their families, who reside in nearly every community in America.
For more information about how the Red Cross will use the funding, read the statement by American Red Cross President Mark W. Everson.
The American Red Cross is not a government agency. We rely on the assistance of caring supporters like you to deliver our critical services. You can support U.S. military members and their families through the American Red Cross as we provide assistance and comfort. Your gift will support the nationally coordinated Red Cross services provided to military families across the country and to American service men and women located throughout the world. Please make a financial donation to Armed Forces Emergency Services by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services, P.O. Box 91820, Washington, DC 20090. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.