May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's also Military Appreciation Month, and the Red Cross is strongly committed to both supporting mental health and supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families. Combining the two, the Red Cross trains licensed mental health professionals to volunteer and provide support to members of the military, veterans and their families.
The challenges of military life are pretty obvious -- deployment to danger zones, long periods of separation followed by all the issues involved with reconnecting. Add to that the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for resiliency training is pretty clear. No surprise that participation in resiliency workshops is at record levels, according to Jason Matheney, SAF Program Director for the Red Cross Northwest Region.
By Mark Walker Lacie Clark is all too familiar with the challenges faced by children of active-duty members of the military. Clark and her husband, U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Jacob Clark, recently returned to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane following a deployment to England. The couple and their children have also spent … Continue reading April features salute to military children
Yaleidy Torres Congratulations to Yaleidy Torres who has been named as Volunteer of the Quarter (October to December 2018) for Service to the Armed Forces Pacific Division. As the Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) Lead on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Yaleidy has mentored and guided countless volunteers. Yaleidy recruits and assigns volunteers to meet the needs … Continue reading Yaleidy Torres is Pacific Division SAF Volunteer of the Quarter
By Mark Walker "JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – STAT!" More than two dozen teenage Red Cross volunteers became accustomed to that call for an immediate response and similar messages at Madigan Army Medical Center this summer. Teens taking part in the Red Cross summer youth program on the Tacoma area base work in nine hospital departments, … Continue reading Summer of Service for Military Teens
By Gordon Williams A Red Cross Chapter is only as strong as its support from the community it serves. That’s why Red Cross chapters in Bremerton, Everett and Tacoma recently held evening events aimed at building and strengthening bonds with leaders of their communities. “The purpose of the meeting was to raise community awareness of … Continue reading Building Stronger Bonds with our Military Community
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in the community? Do you want to gain new skills and experiences? Are you passionate about empowering people to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies? The American Red Cross Northwest Region is seeking enthusiastic individuals to serve as full-time AmeriCorps … Continue reading Help Prepare Communities for and Recover from Disaster: AmeriCorps Members Wanted!
#help1family on April 26 with a donation of blood or money to the American Red Cross.