June 9, 2006, Newsletter Issue #19: Where's My Son, Daughter, Spouse, etc?

Tip of the Week

Military operations require soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Sometimes only vague information is give to family members for reasons of 'operational security', but there are ways to learn where your family members are, even if it's just a place to send email or care packages. Your best military locator is the servicemember's commander, First Sergeant or Sergeant Major.

For emergencies, the best military locator service for family members is the American Red Cross. If there is a death, major medical problem or other severe family crisis, call them immediately--part of their mission is helping military families communicate and reconnect in these situations. When calling the Red Cross, provide the servicemember's name and social security number at the very least. More helpful is a unit designator or the name of the base where your servicemember is assigned, whether stateside or overseas. In some cases the Red Cross can even provide financial assistance to help the military member return home to deal with a family emergency, death or severe illness in the immediate family.

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