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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Thursday, April 24, 2003
Red Cross Transporting Family of Injured RI Guardsman to Boston -- Local Volunteers Assisting With Passport and Travel

As part of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island Armed Forces Emergency Services, local Red Cross volunteers are assisting the mother and step-father of injured RI Guardsman, Sal Cavallaro of East Providence today.

This morning, Red Cross volunteers picked up the couple and took them to Boston, where US Senator Jack Reed arranged for emergency passports to be processed. Red Cross volunteers will stay with the family and then transport them to Logan Airport for a flight early this afternoon.

The couple is traveling to Spain, where Cavallaro has been since Tuesday. He was injured in a vehicle accident in Kuwait.

The American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) helps local military members and their families cope with separation and other special needs related to service in the armed forces.

The Red Cross provides emergency communication, in cases such as birth or serious illness, 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. Working with a commanding officer, the Red Cross can help facilitate emergency leave for a soldier to return home. Arrangements can also be made for mental health services for a family member or returning member of the armed forces.

With more local troops currently deployed from Rhode Island than at any time since World War II, the Rhode Island Red Cross is playing a critical role in keeping families connected. The Red Cross is connected to every base around the world and every ship at sea.

The Red Cross receives no government funding for Armed Forces Emergency Services. If you would like to help provide this service to Rhode Island military families, call the Red Cross at 401.831.7700 or visit www.riredcross.org to make a secure credit card donation.

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