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Friday, June 13, 2014

My Red Cross Story: A Taste of Home While Serving Overseas

My name is Bryan Vibert and I am a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force.

Our Air Force team is currently deployed to Jordan to a somewhat austere location. We don't have a lot of "goodies," (cookies, snacks, etc.) so we signed up through Anyairman.com, a conduit to the American public that generously supports all branches of the military who are deployed.

Shortly after signing up we started receiving care packages from Girl Scout Troop 4258 in Colorado with cookies and homemade cards. The troop was able to ship these touches of home to us thanks to help from the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program in Colorado.

Being in the military is great, it's the being away from home and family that is the hard part. Reading the home-made cards the Girl Scouts made was absolutely AWESOME. They were so genuine and so cool, with messages like "You are a Star," "Thanks for keeping us safe," "You are a Hero," "We want you to know we are thinking of you," and "A troop is a busy person, take a vacation."

Many people don't realize that the American Red Cross helps members of the military and their families. The Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Program delivers emergency communications between local families and their deployed loved ones. The Red Cross is a valuable asset to military members, both home and deployed. I have been on multiple deployments where a young Airmen received devastating news (death of a loved one, etc) and the Red Cross was right there willing to help.

A special thanks to the team at the Red Cross for supporting us. Your kindness is just what some of our folks need when they have one of those lonely days!

BRYAN K. VIBERT, CMSgt, USAF 407 ESFS Chief Enlisted Manager

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