American Red Cross

The American Red Cross
      Don Crumpacker
      February 8, 2010
      Melanie Eggers
The American Red Cross
      Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross, aka “Red Cross,” is an international humanitarian organization led by volunteers. Its purpose is “to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield endeavors, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found” (American Red Cross). The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that focuses on “protecting life and health and to ensure respect for all human beings” (American Red Cross).
      Domestic disaster relief is the Red Cross’ primary mission and its blood bank is what most people associate with when referring to the Red Cross. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the Red Cross provides services to help the needy; support for military families; the collection, processing, and distribution of blood and blood related products; promotion of health and safety programs and international relief efforts. As the premier volunteer disaster relief organization, is not funded by any government and relies on donations and volunteers to fulfill its mission.
      I find the American Red Cross an interesting organization because it has many similarities with my job as a U.S. Navy Security Officer. Most of my available job assignments are directly tied to protecting overseas military installations. Two large areas of focus related to my job are law enforcement in support of public safety and also emergency management after an attack or incident to continue military operations. To successfully execute my mission, much of the training conducted by military security specialists is almost identical to the Red Cross' training and programs.
      Many situations that military security professionals train for are also similar the situations that the Red Cross responds. When performing disaster relief and...