The Red Cross provides support for military children
Last year’s pandemic put families emotionally and physically to the test.
Globally, frontline workers – like U.S. service members – have continued to serve throughout the pandemic, but the work is taking its toll on them and their families.
That is why the American Red Cross recognizes April as the month of the military child.
Military children often experience frequent moves, school changes, parent separation and, in some cases, loss of a parent, said April Simpson, director of the Missouri-Arkansas Regional Armed Forces Director. The American Red Cross understands that helping military families help develop strong, resilient children.
A variety of local resources are available to military families in the Missouri-Arkansas region.
The Red Cross offers virtual mental wellbeing courses for children and parents led by mental health professionals to help families overcome stress.
A variety of courses are available to help families connect, including courses that provide tips for service members on how to smoothly reconnect with their children after returning from an assignment, or to plan how to manage extended separation periods can be.
Families facing financial difficulties can apply for financial assistance through the Red Cross in conjunction with military aid agencies (Army Emergency Relief, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Air Force Aid Society, and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance) by contacting the Hero Care Network Call the Red Cross toll-free number 1-800-272-7337 or by contacting the local Red Cross.
If a military child or spouse experiences an emergency, they can send an emergency message to the deployed parent using the Red Cross Hero Care Network at the toll-free number. Or they can download the Red Cross Heroes Care app and send a message through it.
Military mothers and fathers seeking support for their family members are encouraged to get the app, visit redcross.org, or call 314-516-2800.
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