If you have a family emergency during your Marine's deployment or while your recruit is at boot camp, and feel you need to contact the recruit/Marine, your best course of action is to contact the American Red Cross. Please be aware that contact from the Red Cross will alert your Marine to a serious condition at home. The Red Cross has guidelines they must follow for qualifying emergency notification to your Marine.
With improved speed in communication via the Internet, it may be possible for you to deliver unexpected news to your Marine without alerting the Red Cross. However, if you feel the situation warrants emergency contact, contact the Red Cross. They'll let you know whether the emergency fits into the guidelines and assist you further.
Toll Free for Military Family Assistance: 1-877-272-7337
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