University Becomes a Founding Member of Service to the Armed Forces Giving Program WASHINGTON and PHOENIX, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross announced today that University of Phoenix® will become one of the founding members of the new Service to the Armed Forces Giving Program. This program supports Red Cross efforts to help military members, their families and veterans and recognizes donors who make the commitment to support the armed forces. In addition, the University has made a financial commitment to support the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, which helps provide immediate response to disasters nationwide. The University is also sponsoring the annual Red Cross Holiday Campaign. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121210/DC26231LOGO) "The American Red Cross is committed to improving the lives of others – a mission we share at University of Phoenix," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president, University of Phoenix. "Every day we support our students, working directly to help them improve their prospects in life. By supporting the American Red Cross, the University has the opportunity to expand its reach beyond our students to support military personnel and their families around the world and help victims of disaster in their hour of need." "The generous support of University of Phoenix will make such a difference for America's military families as well as the people and communities affected by disasters," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "It's partnerships like this that enable the Red Cross to provide services to more than 137,000 military families and relief to the victims of nearly 70,000 disasters each year. We are very grateful for their support of our lifesaving mission." The University's support of the Service to Armed Forces program will help the Red Cross provide counseling and guidance to military members and their families; training and support throughout the deployment process; emergency financial assistance and referrals; and, communication services connecting service members with their families back home when an emergency strikes.