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Red Cross Applauds Creation of Congressional Military Family Caucus
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By Leslie A. Smith
November 4, 2009

It’s no secret among military families that sometimes the toughest job belongs to those who stay behind. 

Members of Congress kick off the Congressional Military Family Caucus in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4, 2009.
Members of Congress kick off the Congressional Military Family Caucus in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4, 2009.

In light of the many challenges military families face, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., helped form the Congressional Military Family Caucus, the first caucus to focus exclusively on the interests of military families.

The Military Family Caucus officially kicked off this morning on Capitol Hill, with 76 members of Congress currently signed up as members. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the keynote address, with representatives from the American Red Cross in attendance to show their support. Information was also provided to caucus members about the services the Red Cross provides to military families.

The Military Family Caucus will promote the interests of family members of uniformed service members by educating congressional members and staff on resources the military offers, as well as discuss the barriers that a military family faces.

“This caucus is a great step forward because military service doesn’t just involve the person in uniform, but their spouse, children and other family members as well,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Service to the Armed Forces at the Red Cross. “Military families make sacrifices every day for our country, so we look forward to working with the caucus to make sure these families have the support they need.”

The Military Family Caucus was created to address topics such as education, child care, health care, spouse employment and the effects of multiple deployments.

These issues resonate at the Red Cross, which has provided services to the U.S. Armed Forces for more than a century. The Red Cross provides support at military and veterans health care facilities; keeps military families connected through emergency communications; and ensures that families of military members and veterans receive vital social services in times of crisis.

The Red Cross has also developed new programs that specifically address the changing needs of today’s military families, including caring for loved ones injured in combat and dealing with the stress and strain of deployments

For more information about the services the Red Cross provides to military members, their families and veterans, contact your local Red Cross, or read more at RedCross.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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