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139 Years Serving the Military

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A Big Difference this Memorial Day
Dear Friend,

Today marks 139 years since the founding of the American Red Cross, and our mission started with our service to the armed forces through Clara Barton. To commemorate this anniversary and Memorial Day 2020, we remember and honor the men and women who have made sacrifices serving in the U.S. military.

Today, the Red Cross is honored to support U.S. military and veteran communities as they face new changes, stressors and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate our dedicated supporters and volunteers who keep our mission alive, many of whom are mental health professionals. Thanks to these individuals, the Red Cross has been able to adapt our services to the unique needs of the armed forces during this challenging time.
It is so gratifying to do something for my community and for the people that are defending our country and keeping us safe. Being homebound, at least this is something that we can still do to contribute. It’s part of my nature to serve.
Meet Mary Roy: a retired child therapist who volunteers with the Red Cross in Texas, who has been hosting virtual workshops to help service members, veterans and their families manage stress and communicate effectively. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary conducted countless in-person workshops with the military community, which helped her shape her virtual technique. The workshops include recognizing and communicating about stress, building a family communication plan and keeping a positive outlook. This workshop is open for everyone in the military and veteran community. Please contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
Everyone needs ways to manage their stress, and it is very important to show how before it gets out of hand. We teach how to identify the beginning signals. This gives people a way to reframe the stress and deal with it.
Koby Langley
Koby Langley
Senior Vice President
International Services and Service to the Armed Forces

P.S. This Memorial Day, honor someone you love by helping someone in need. Give in honor or memory of a loved one by making a tribute donation or become a Champion for the Armed Forces with a monthly gift today.
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