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It's a fact of military life; military families are frequently separated and on the move. No matter how strong the family ties, moves and separations often put a strain on relationships. They may lead to problems managing a home or children, making ends meet on a limited income, or adjusting to new communities, often without the help of families or friends.
In the event of an emergency, critical accident, illness, or death in a service member's immediate family, the Red Cross is equipped to verify the situation and relay an emergency leave request, if necessary, to proper military authorities. It is the decision of the military authorities, whether or not leave will be granted.
Regular communication between service members and their families is ordinarily no problem, but sometimes a long time with no word can become worrisome. The Red Cross can help.
Through our worldwide communications network, the Red Cross can communicate with the military installation or ship where the service member is stationed and provide the family with a report on the service member's health and welfare.
These Red Cross services and more are available to service members and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
TREASURES FOR TROOPS
Treasures for Troops Offers Year Round Opportunity to Support Service Members.
The American Red Cross is launching Treasures for Troops, an exciting year round program that offers a way for Americans to brighten the day for deployed men and women in uniform serving overseas. You can send a gift from home through the American Red Cross Treasures for the Troops program.
A Treasures For Troops gift package costs $20 (including shipping) and is filled with fun, entertaining and recreational items that will help make the time our deployed troops spend away from home a little easier. Each holds portable games, snacks, candy, playing cards and other items in a lightweight, reusable American Red Cross travel bag. Every bag has an acknowledgement card that the gift is made possible through the generosity of the American people.
Your gift enables the American Red Cross to purchase and deliver Treasures for Troops packages to U.S. service members. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter or station to find out how you can bring a touch of home and show your support and make a difference for those serving far away from home.
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