Where families of service people can get help in the area

An Evening Sun listing last Tuesday of military family support group meetings incorrectly stated the affiliation and meeting place of the Support Our Service People in Rosedale. The group is not part of the Orange Ribbon network. And it will meet as usual Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Red House Run Elementary School, 1717 Weyburn Road in Rosedale.

The Evening Sun regrets the errors.


The United Way of Central Maryland has compiled the following list of support services for families of servicemen and .. women affected by the Persian Gulf war:

Red Cross


The Central Maryland Red Cross offers free support counseling for all immediate military families from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chapter headquarters, 4700 Mount Hope Drive, in Seton Business Park, northwest Baltimore.

Support groups are available for children ages 6 to 11, adolescents and adults. Group size is limited to 15, but no limit has been placed on the number of groups that may be formed. Call 764-4627, 24 hours a day.

The Red Cross also has a 24-hour emergency communications system, emergency funds and travel provisions, services to veterans' hospitals to deal with war casualties, and counseling for family members as well as referrals to other agencies. All Red Cross services are available to patients in military hospitals.

For local Red Cross information and referrals, call the following numbers: Baltimore and Baltimore County, 764-4627; Anne Arundel County, 760-9600; Carroll County, 876-3119; Harford County, 879-6764; Howard County, 730-0020; Montgomery County, 588-2515; Prince George's County, 758-2418; Frederick County, 662-5131; District of Columbia, 1-800-677-7565.

Associated Catholic Charities

Associated Catholic Charities offers counseling to military families. Call 547-5508.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army is on alert to provide human services for refugees from the Middle East. Call 366-4898.


Jewish Armed Services Comm.

The Jewish Armed Services Committee of Baltimore helps Jewish reservists and families by providing religious services as well as weekly lunch support programs at Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground. The organization also provides services to the Veterans Hospital. Call 466-4242 or Rabbi Seymour Essrog at 922-6565.

Military hot lines

General information about benefits and rights for immediate family of U.S. troops on active duty can be obtained from the following:

Army Family Liaison Office 1-800-833-6622

Army Desert Storm 1-800-542-9254


Army Reserve hot line 1-800-874-8451

Navy Aid or Assistance 1-800-732-1206

Maryland Army National Guard 1-800-492-2526

Desert Storm Information Line 1-800-677-7565

For general information about the status of U.S. troops, call the following status hot lines:

Army 1-800-626-1440


Navy 1-800-255-3808

Air Force 1-800-253-9276

Marines 1-800-523-2694

Coast Guard 1-800-283-8724

Anne Arundel County

The Desert Storm Support Group meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall at the Navy Family Service Center in Annapolis. It is open to families and friends of servicemen. Call Carol Fritz or Leo Weigant at 267-2641.


Fort Meade offers support for military families through Army Community Services. Call Marci Emerson at 677-3418.

Eunice Clark offers a support group in Millersville for single parents with children in the gulf. Call 647-1737 or 987-2410.


New Beginnings Family Center meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at 1035 N. Calvert Street. Call Leslie Gardner at (301) 628-7272.

Baltimore County

Operation Orange Ribbon meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Red House Run Elementary School, 1717 Weyburn Road in Rosedale. (Note: The group is meeting elsewhere Feb. 27). Call Cecilia or Steven Hoehn at 866-5109.


Operation Desert Care, a support group, meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road, Parkville. For information, call the Rev. Terrie Modesto at 668-5665.

New Beginnings Family Center meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at 111 Warren Road, Suite 4A, Cockeysville. Call Leslie Gardner at 628-7272.

Forming support groups

People interested in forming support groups should call the Army Family Liaison Office at 1-800-833-6622.

First Call for Help

First Call for Help, an around-the-clock information and referral service, helps military families find counseling, crisis intervention, financial support, legal aid, parenting assistance and employment and career guidance. Call 685-0525 in the Baltimore calling area or 1-800-492-0618 from elsewhere in Maryland. First Call is updating referral lists daily as support groups and services become known.


Volunteers needed

People interested in learning about volunteer opportunities should call United Way's volunteer referral line at 659-0050.

For the record