As the Communications Coordinator at the American Red Cross of Central Texas, I constantly tell people that we help 5 to 6 military families every day. That your American Red Cross provides emergency communications between service men and women and their families. That we provide financial assistance to military personnel who need to come home for medical or family emergencies. Yesterday, however, I was able to see why what we do is so important. Red Cross volunteers walked and drove our Emergency Response Vehicle in Austin’s annual Veterans Day Parade. I saw dozens of people, many in uniform, lining Congress Avenue cheering and honoring those who have fought or fighting for our country. It was an honor and privilege for the American Red Cross to be asked to participate in yesterday’s event. A special thanks to Wray Hooper, Barbara, Lewellen, Emergency Services Director Jose Dominguez, Community Resources Director Thad Rosenfeld and Fred and Marcia Marks (who drove our ERV!) for their participation!