May is Military Appreciation Month; Red Cross helping through ‘Hero Care Network’ connection – OBX Today

May is Military Appreciation Month; Red Cross helping through 'Hero Care Network' connection - OBX Today
(Courtesy American Red Cross)

May is Military Appreciation Month, a special time for those in and around the military community. It is a time to honor and recognize the contributions, sacrifices, and service of the members of the armed forces, past and present.

The Red Cross is committed to helping members of the military, veterans, their families and caregivers prepare for, manage and respond to the challenges of service.

The Red Cross provides in-person support for troops around the world including:

  • On all military installations in the U.S.
  • At 37 overseas offices, including those in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Poland and Romania.
  • At over 140 military medical facilities and 170 veterans care facilities worldwide.

Each year, the Red Cross provides around 510,000 services to members of the military, veterans and their families around the world. None of these services would be possible without a global network of dedicated volunteers who turn their military appreciation into action. The Red Cross encourages people interested in volunteering to sign up at or reach out to their local Red Cross chapter for opportunities to get started today.

Through their ‘Get To Know Us Before You Need Us’ program, the Red Cross meets with new enlistees and their families to answer questions about military family life and share how their services can help before, during and after deployment.

In times of emergency, the organization helps military families communicate with their loved ones and facilitate their return home through their Hero Care Network, which is available online, by phone, through the Red Cross mobile app or in person, 24 hours a day.

The nonprofit also offers a variety of free resiliency workshops in-person and online, to provide military members, veterans, their families and caregivers with effective tools for facing challenges and stress.

Red Cross medical and non-medical volunteers provide care, comfort and therapy items at veteran hospitals and military treatment facilities around the world.

On Thursday May 23rd, American Red Cross Spokesman and Marine Corps Veteran Gerald Thomas will discuss how the organization supports and honors members of the military, veterans and their families during Military Appreciation Month.