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Services to the Armed Forces (SAF)

Thank you to all ot the veteran and current members
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American Red Cross Emergency Services are available to all members of the armed services, and to their families. Featuring the latest in computer and telecommunications technology, the American Red Cross Emergency Service Center delivers around-the-clock emergency communication services between U.S. military members and their families. Red Cross “SAF” personnel work in nearly 900 chapters in the United States, on 74 military installations around the world and with our troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Get an idea of our “Services to the Armed Forces” through the video below:

American Red Cross services that we can provide to our military members and their families include:

  • Emergency Communications with loved ones.  Our Red Cross worldwide emergency communications network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can help send emergency messages regarding the death or serious illness of a family member, the birth of a child, or other family emergencies.
  • Verification of emergency leave information.  The Red Cross can provide the military member and commander officer with fast, reliable information to help make decisions regarding emergency leaves, deferments, compassionate reassignments, and dependency discharges. 
  • Secure emergency financial assistance. The Red Cross collaborates with the military aid societies in providing financial assistance when an urgent personal or family crisis arises – i.e. need of financial assistance for emergency travel, burial of a loved one, or urgent health and welfare needs such as food and shelter.
  • Additional Info on American Red Cross “Services to the Armed Forces”.

GETTING ASSISTANCE for Military/Military Families: 
Please contact us at the Henderson County Chapter (828) 693-5605, M-F,  to access our Services to the Armed Forces.
 For emergency or after-hours assistance, call 1-800-696-3873.


THANK YOU 163rd and WELCOME HOME!  With our respect and appreciation
– the Henderson County Chapter of the American Red Cross
March 31, 2011

Another fourteen boxes of “snacks from home”, care pack supplies and Christmas and holiday packages were shipped on December 9th to Henderson County’s own 163rd Army Support Medical Company (reserve unit based here and currently deployed in Iraq).
Red Cross military services volunteer, and veteran of the 163rd, Timothie Smith coordinates this support project. Thanks to those of you who financially support these projects…and special thanks to our partners, the American Legion-Post 77 “Adopt a Soldier Program” for their on-going donations of snacks and supplies for the troops and The Rotary Club of Hendersonville for their financial support!

* “Letter from War” and pictures received from 163rd on 11/9/2010

* Sgt. Jefferson Hoyle: “163rd is OK” in Iraq.
10/2/2010 Times-News story


On February 9, 2010, we partnered with local not-for-profit organization, Jessie’s Honor, to ship 700 care packages to American military troops serving in Afghanistan.  Read more…

Additional Resources for American Military Personnel and Families

  • CARE Packages and related information: Click here for information about putting together and sending packages to deployed service members.
  • Military Onesource (sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Defense): serves families of active-duty Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, Reserves. Can provide help with family situations such as housing issues, child care, health issues, stress, counseling, and filing taxes. Available 24/7 at (800) 342-9647 or in Spanish at (877) 888-0727. Also visit:
  • Military Family Resource Center: MFRC in Asheville provides support, resources and referrals. Call 828-274-8571 or email: [email protected]
  • Troop and Family Counseling (sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Defense): serves National Guard and Reserves (Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force). Free, private counseling for all age groups, issues from marriage, family, stress, depression, grief and loss, and parent/child communication. Available 24/7 at (888) 755-9355.
  • American Legion’s Family Support Network: provides immediate assistance to personnel and families whose lives have been directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s war on terror. Call 1- 800-404-4098.
    Also visit:
  • Army Strong Community Center: is an information and referral office dedicated to assisting and supporting Service Members, Retirees, Veterans and Family Members. Serves all branches of the military, active and reserve.
    Call 1-828-884-9482 or email: [email protected].
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd, Asheville:
    Call (828) 298-7911 (new patients: dial extension 5)
  • MilitaryHOMEFRONT – Service Organizations: a resource guide, providing comprehensive listing of public and government organziations providing support targeted to service members and their families.

Other Resources for Veterans

  • Henderson County Veterans Service Officer – Michael Murdock:
    Call (828) 697-4817 or email: [email protected]
  • Healthcare Solutions Network – Mental health care programs for VA veterans and their families. Facility is state licensed for MediCare and Medicaid and accredited by the Joint Commission. Most private insurances accepted as well as United Behavioral Health and Tricare. Call: (828) 684-4228