American Red Cross
Hoosier Hills Chapter
2119 29th Street
Bedford, IN  47421
(812) 275-5162
Toll Free (866) 599-9951

Service to the Armed Forces

Hoosier Hills Chapter

The Services to Armed Forces program ensures that service members, veterans and their families have worldwide, around-the-clock access to timely and reliable humanitarian services.  The Red Cross serves 2.6 million active-duty personnel, National Guard/Reserves and their families through 700 Chapters in the U.S., and on military installations around the world.

The Hoosier Hills Chapter has trained volunteer Case Workers who verify and deliver emergency communications 24/7.  Emergency communications services have been provided to members of the military and their families for more than 100 years as part of the 1905 congressional charter that requires the American Red Cross to act "in accord with military authorities as a medium of communications between the people of the United States and their armed forces."  Emergency communications are delivered 365 day of the year, often in person by a Red Cross staff member overseas.

The unique demands of military duty, with frequent separations from family members, can be extremely stressful for service members and their families.  The Department of Defense and the American Red Cross have joined forces to offer services to improve the morale and welfare of our soldiers, and provide family members support and peace of mind.  Part of this effort is a resource website called,, which offers a wealth of information and confidential assistance.

Red Cross services to the armed forces include:

  • Emergency Communications - Keeping military personnel in touch with their families during family emergencies by sending emergency messages. When emergencies occur, and the family needs to send a message quickly, the American Red Cross there to serve.  How to send an emergency message through the American Red Cross.  In addition, the Hoosier Hills Chapter can send video messages from anyone in the public.  These messages can be non-emergency, but just as valuable to a service member far from home.
  • Financial Assistance - Working with military aid societies to provide interest-free loans or grants when urgent personal or family crises arise. Financial aid is used for such things as emergency travel, burial assistance, food and shelter.
  • Counseling - Providing information and referrals to counseling and other social services for military families.  The American Red Cross can also help with obtaining documents and verification of information for military or natural disaster situations for active duty service members, veterans and their families.
  • Veterans Services - Assisting veterans in claiming financial benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs and providing support services to patients in VA Hospitals. 
  • Get To Know Us Before You Need Us An American Red Cross Presentation on the services we provide to military families in the civilian community.  Getting Ready for Deployment tips
  • Community-based family support groups The American Red Cross gives support to local military family support groups.  The Hoosier Hills Armed Forces Families Association and the Army National Guard Family Readiness Group serve military members and their families.  

To contact the Hoosier Hills Chapter of Red Cross call:
Office:  (812) 275-5162, M - F between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Toll free from Orange & Martin Counties:  1-866-599-9951
After Hours PAGER:  (888) 321-2890


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