The South Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross today announced it was awarded funds for a TRIAD Grant program for South Texas/Rio Grande Valley, for military personnel and their families affected by active duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment. With thousands of Texas military personnel involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, the impact of lengthy deployment is taking a physical, emotional, and financial toll on these dedicated service men and women as well as their families. This is a collaborative response by The Dallas Foundation, Permian Basin Area Foundation, and San Antonio Area Foundation in their fourth round of nonprofit grants. For more information on the TRIAD grant program visit www.triadfund.org

Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD) Fund was established to address the unmet needs of men, women and their families affected by deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Funding for this program was provided by the Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD) Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. The San Antonio Area Foundation aspires to significantly enhance the quality of life of our community by providing outstanding service to donors, producing significant assets growth, strengthening community collaboration and managing an exemplary grants program. A publicly supported philanthropic institution, the San Antonio Area Foundation is governed by a board of private citizens chosen for their knowledge of and involvement in the community. For over 44 years, it has successfully administered funds from individuals, agencies, corporations and others who contribute or bequeath assets for the betterment of the community. For more information, visit www.safdn.org

The American Red Cross mission is to “provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies”, this program, will supplement our already existing program of providing assistance to members of the Armed Forces in our four-county jurisdiction. The program will target the unmet needs of military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and their families who all too often fall through the “cracks” that regular military personnel have available to them. It will provide financial assistance and resource information previously unavailable. For additional details about the TRIAD program and the application process visit our American Red Cross South Texas Chapter website www.southtexasredcross.org

“The Red Cross has been providing support to service members, veterans and their families for more than 100 years,” said Sasha Cruz Emergency Services Director. “While rooted in proud tradition, the Red Cross continuously evolves over time to keep pace with the changing needs of the people it serves. As dedicated Red Crossers, we are proud to be able to offer our support to the men and women who serve in the U.S. military, their family members and veterans.

For additional information please contact Elaine Cockins TRIAD Program Coordinator at P.O. Box 2202, Harlingen TX 78551. Our Harlingen Service Center is located at 6914 W. Expressway 83, our telephone number is 1-800-785-7851 fax (956) 423-0542. Our Pharr Service Center is located at 425 West State, Ph. (956) 787-7851 Fax 787-6841. Or E Mail Elaine Cockins at ecockins@southtexasredcross.org

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.