Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) Program in Southwest Louisiana

As a member of the armed forces, you are a vital part of American society. We rely on you for protection, safety, and representation. The American Red Cross of Southwest Louisiana offers military personnel the Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) program.

Military enlistment brings not only discipline and pride, but also family separation. At times, emergencies occur and communication is necessary. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the American Red Cross of Southwest Louisiana enables you to stay in touch with loved ones. Whether a death, illness, or birth, we can help you and your family quickly locate and contact one another.

Financial assistance is another area in which we can help you. The Red Cross coordinates with military aid societies to provide funding for armed forces personnel and their families in emergency situations such as travel, burial, health, shelter, and food.

The American Red Cross of Southwest Louisiana offers assistance in applying for leaves, reassignments, and hardship discharges. We can also inform you of health services that you are entitled to as a serviceman and can help you understand personal benefits that are provided for you. The American Red Cross of Southwest Louisiana is also educated and experienced in the area of veteran services.

Our services are available to members of the active armed forces, National Guard, Reserve Officers Training Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Services are also available to reservists, recruits, military retirees, and veterans.

Please contact us for assistance; we are willing to help.


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