Honoring Veterans, Service Members and Families in November

The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.

Learn more about our Service to Armed Forces program.

During the month of November the American Red Cross is involved in a number of activities throughout the community to show our support for the brave men and women of our armed forces.  The Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross will be participating in the following event throughout the region: Veteran’s Day Parades in Duplin and Onslow County on Nov. 9, a Veteran’s Day breakfast in Brunswick County on Nov. 11, and a Veteran’s Day Job Fair and Expo on Nov. 15 in New Hanover County.  Along with these events, Red Cross chapters throughout eastern NC are hosting card signing events for the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. Contact your chapter to find out how you can get involved.

Holiday Mail for Heroes ProgramMom and daughter sign a card for Dad at the holiday card signing kickoff hosted by the Red Cross and 916th air refueling squadron at SeymourJohnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC on Nov. 15 2012

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

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Military Family Appreciation Month

Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. Last year President Obama said that our nation owes “each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.”

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Veteran’s Day

With Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we are reminded of the importance of honoring those who have served our country. The American Red Cross supports military members and veterans in many ways, including providing blood products for many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.

This November, eligible blood donors can celebrate Veterans Day with the Red Cross by rolling up a sleeve and helping patients in need. Blood donated through the Red Cross is distributed to about 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country for patients in need, including patients at many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org to book an appointment in your area.

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