In support of National Veterans Awareness Week from November 5th through November 11th, American Red Cross is involved in many events to honor and prepare our troops and veterans.
American Red Cross, Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) is assisting 200 to 300 members of the local Navy-Marine Reserves and their families cope with the reality and preparation of deployment using the Red Cross Get to Know Us before You Need Us program. Red Cross workers will be making this presentation on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at located in the NavyOperationSupportCenter on 4th Avenue in Bessemer.The Get to Know Us before You Need Us program was developed to reach out to the military members and their families. Red Cross workers will be briefing departing service members and their families regarding available support services and explain how the Red Cross may assist them during the deployment. Red Cross will provide information regarding tips for military spouses, deployment checklists, tips for returning military members, and how to use the American Red Cross during family emergencies when a National Guard or Reserve member is absent.
Red Cross will also be participating in the local 59th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 11th in downtown Birmingham. Eric Gregory and James Alfred, both U.S. Army veterans, will be driving the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) throughout the event. Eric Gregory is also a Red Cross ARCHIE volunteer and Command Sergeant Major for the Alabama State Defense Force. James Alfred is currently a Captain for the Alabama State Defense Force.
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