At the beginning of WWI, the American Red Cross was a small organization still in the process of developing its identity and programs. By the time the war ended in 1918, the organization had expanded tremendously. During the war, 18,000 Red Cross nurses and 4,800 Red Cross ambulance drivers provided much of the medical care and first aid that was needed on the front lines for the American military. The organization pioneered the development of psychiatric nursing programs at veteran’s hospitals, made artificial limbs and helped rehabilitate amputees and blinded veterans. 296 American Red Cross nurses and 127 American Red Cross ambulance drivers died in service. Today, the Red Cross is a national humanitarian organization with universal recognition and a distinguished record of service.
Post by Jackie Slanley