- Last Updated on 11:41 AM 04/23/12
- BY SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
For those brave men and women serving in the military, the symbol of the American Red Cross is universally recognized and welcomed.
The medical services provided in times of armed conflict is common knowledge, but the additional services provided by the Red Cross to troops sent overseas is often unknown by the general public. When an emergency occurs at home, often families cannot reach their loved ones stationed far away.
The Red Cross is mandated by Congress to act as the official liaison between military personnel and their families during these emergencies. Once communication is established, the Red Cross can then help coordinate transportation home so these heroes can be with their families.
Such was the case for Sara and Sgt. Troy Moore of Boydton this past August. During a regular pre-natal check-up, Sara was informed her blood pressure was too high and was put on bed rest with her delivery date moved up.
The doctor's office then contacted the Halifax-Charlotte Chapter.
"All I know," Sara said, "A call was put out at 10 a.m. and that afternoon Troy got the news. The next morning I found out he was coming home. It was amazingly easy."
Stationed in Okinawa, Japan, when Sgt. Moore was informed of his wife's complications, he was, of course filled with a myriad of feelings. But the anxiety of helplessness was quickly replaced with the knowledge that he would soon be at his wife's side for the birth of their son.
"If not for the Red Cross," he shared, "I would have definitely missed the birth of my child. I'm just so grateful I got home and saw the gift of life."
For the Moores and all other men and women in the armed forces, it is a comfort to realize that the Red Cross is always there and ready to unite them with their families when emergencies arise.
"For us, it is an honor to assist those who serve our country," said Halifax-Charlotte Executive Director Ginger Weaver. It is but one more example of how we touch lives every day.”