Friday, December 17, 2010

A Heartfelt Partnership

Trina Polta is a guest blogger for the American Red Cross in Utah. This is just one of many things she's learned about the American Red Cross. 

Last month, I decided I would make a change in my life and try to give more to my community.  This thought led me to volunteering my time at the local American Red Cross chapter. I quickly found out the American Red Cross is more than a disaster relief service. In fact, they are much more!  

I now know the American Red Cross supports military members, and their families.  There is a program called Coping with Deployments, which helps put the focus on military families after their loved one is called to service. Here are a few quick facts about the program:

  • Military families who reach out to the Red Cross can receive free information and resources to help cope with deployments. 
  • Coping with Deployments trains mental health professionals. After certification professionals help assist military families with coping mechanisms when life becomes too stressful.  
  • Families can also get help with emergency communication.  
  • The program also assists veterans with referrals.

To find out more about the partnership between the military and the Red Cross click here. 

Check out Coping with Deployments frequently asked questions. 

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