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The Red Cross Supports Services to the Armed Forces

The American Red Cross has been providing services for America's military since the Spanish-American War of 1898. Beginning in the mid-1800s, Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, risked her life on the battlefields of the Civil War to tend to fallen soldiers. 

She nursed the wounded, wrote letters from wounded soldiers to their families and exerted every effort to get the critically ill and wounded to or near their families. Clara Barton's compassion during the Civil War foreshadowed the volunteer services later provided by the American Red Cross to members of the armed forces, their families and veterans.

In 1900, the U.S. Congress granted the Red Cross its first charter. This charter, which remains in effect today, sets forth the purposes of the organization that include giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families in addition to providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation.

Please consider assisting American Red Cross New Hampshire’s Services to the Armed Forces work. To get in contact with your local SAF staff, to get personal stories; invite clients or volunteers to meetings when appropriate, please visit