Veterans History Project

By Bob Aronson, Red Cross Volunteer Photo courtesy of Library of Congress The Veterans History Project was created by Congress in 2000 and established in the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.  The mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war vets, enabling future generations to better understand the realities of war. Eligibility for military vets (those who served in war and/or peace...

Healing Vets Through the Love of Pets

By Carly Klein, Los Angeles Region Americorps Member Photos courtesy of Actors and Others for Animals It's no secret that dogs are a man's best friend. Writer Milan Kundera once said of dogs, "Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden." Personally, whenever I see a dog, I can't help but smile. This feeling – the immense...

Adults with Disabilities Give Back as Red Cross Volunteers

By Ashley Henyan Photos By Federica Brecha MaryRose, Hannah, Danielle and Sean have two things in common—they are all adults living with a disability and they are all Red Cross volunteers. I had the pleasure of accompanying this team of four on Tuesday, March 13, as they made their regular rounds through the Los Angeles VA Hospital, distributing comfort kits to hospitalized veterans and bringing a smile to every visible face around. Their work...

Supporting our Local Workforce of Guard and Reserve Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

By Jarrett Barrios, Los Angeles Region CEO Perhaps the biggest secret at the American Red Cross, the Service to Armed Forces & Veterans team helps active duty, guard and reserve, retired military, and their families with an amazing range of services. As a “program,” American Red Cross SAFV volunteers and staff have been helping for over a century.  American Red Cross services for veterans dates back to World War I and remains consistent...

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