LAFAYETTE – As we approach Veteran’s Day, the American Red Cross of Louisiana’s Service to Armed Forces (SAF) team has announced the relaunch of their Veteran award and record replacement program. In addition to coordinating replacement of medals and ribbons, important military paperwork including separation/retirement documentation like DD214 can also be requested.
“Military service, regardless of branch or duration, connects individuals from all walks of life, as it represents some of the most challenging, yet rewarding, years. Our Louisiana SAF team is honored to reconnect our local veterans and military families with the treasures of that past times,” says Leslie Jones, regional service to armed forces program director for the American Red Cross of Louisiana. “This is a unique service of the American Red Cross, and we are proud to relaunch the medal replacement program following this historic hurricane season, and bring back hope where it may have been lost.”
This program was started right here in Louisiana in the wake of the August 2016 floods, by SAF casework volunteer lead, Gena Hand. Since then, the program has been utilized nationally as a best practice to support the unique needs of our military veterans and their families following disasters like home fires, hurricanes, floods and more.
Those wishing to participate in the program are asked to leave a voicemail with contact information at (504) 264–3818. Caseworkers will then follow up within 7-14 days to walk through the information needed to submit the request through the National Archives and Records Administration office.
VETERANS CONTINUE TO SERVE THROUGH THE RED CROSS Many Red Cross volunteers are veterans who continue to support their communities after their active duty service ends. Also, about 6% of Red Cross employees include transitioning military or veterans – from nurses to logisticians, emergency management experts, project managers and preparedness experts, as well as a number of veterans in leadership roles at local Red Cross chapters across the country.
Tens of thousands of Red Cross volunteers also serve in Veterans Administration (VA) and military hospitals across the nation and around the world. These volunteers support such areas as rehabilitation, recreation, administration, and personal services to the men and women who are now cared for each day in these facilities. To learn more about how you can give back in your community through Service to Armed Forces, visit redcross.org/volunteer.