American Red Cross volunteer Hillary Sandy served for 24 years in the U.S. Army. Now she gives back by volunteering with the Services to the Armed Forces.
“Working with the military, I see young soldiers coming back after the war,” said Sandy. “We can give back, help support them, help uplift them, and that’s important.
The Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program dates back to the establishment of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in May 1881. Today’s American Red Cross volunteers proudly carry on this tradition through the SAF program, which serves as a critical line of communication between the U.S Armed Forces and their families.
Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources.
“We provide service for veterans and active military members. We do education and we give information on how to take care of yourself and what to look out for,” said Sandy.
The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through our network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
“I make them aware or I let them know that, ‘Hey I’m a veteran and I know where you’re coming from, and what you’ve been through,’” said Sandy.
This key Red Cross service ranges from responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.
“I feel that I contribute to taking care of those in the greatest need. I belong, I’m part of a community. I’m serving a purpose that will be remembered long after I’m gone,” said Sandy.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-877-272-7337 (toll-free) or contact your local Red Cross.