How to get a service member home after a loved one dies.
If the next of kin of a service member dies, the Red Cross needs to be notified of the passing of the loved one so they can act as a liaison between you and the military. The Red Cross verifies the loss and relationship and communicates with the pertinent unit in the military so they can grant leave to the servicemember.
Before you call
Here is the info you need:
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call (877) 272-7337 (toll-free) if you are currently, or if you are calling about:
- Anyone on active duty in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard
- An activated member of the Guard and Reserve of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces
- An immediate family member or dependent of anyone in the above categories
- A civilian employed by or under contract to the Department of Defense and stationed outside the Continental United States and any family residing with them at that location
- A military retiree or the retiree’s spouse or widow(er)
- A Cadet or midshipman at a service academy; ROTC cadet on orders for training
- A Merchant Marine aboard a U.S. Naval Ship
When calling the Red Cross, be prepared to provide as much of the following information about the service member as is known:
- Full legal name
- Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Military unit address
- Information about the deployed unit and home base unit (for deployed service members only)