Red Shirt Friday (RSF) has become a significant day of recognition for the brave individuals who serve in the military.It’s a simple and meaningful way to honor all the men and women who bravely put their lives on the line for our country’s freedom.But what does Red Shirt Friday mean, exactly? And how can you get involved?
Keep reading below to find out everything you need to know about RSF.
What does Red Shirt Friday mean?
Every Friday, people come together to appreciate the sacrifices our veterans and active duty service members make on a daily basis. The idea is simple: people wear red shirts on Fridays to show their support for the troops.
But, why RED shirts? R.E.D. is an acronym that originally stands for Remember Everyone Deployed and was created to remind people of our heroes overseas and show that we are thinking of them. Our organization made a minor shift in the meaning to stand for Respect Everyone Deployed, while still maintaining the same goal of supporting our troops and veterans.
If you want to get involved in Red Shirt Friday, all you have to do is wear a red shirt every Friday! Help spread the word by posting a picture of yourself in your red shirt on social media, using the hashtag #RedShirtFriday!
Wearing a red shirt on Friday is just the beginning. You can also get involved by spreading awareness about RSF, supporting military families in your community, and donating to this great cause. For example, you can participate in RSF by volunteering at veteran outreach programs in your area. Many organizations host events throughout the year that offer assistance with housing, education, job readiness, and other important resources for veterans.
That said, one of the best ways to support the troops is to make your voice heard on issues that affect our veterans and active service members. This includes advocating for better healthcare for veterans and supporting policies that will help to ensure that our troops have the resources they need to stay safe and protect our country.
Additionally, it is important to educate yourself on the challenges veterans and service members face daily — both mental and physical — and therefore help in providing them with the support they need.
Who can participate in Red Shirt Friday?
Whether you’re a veteran, know someone in the military, or just want to show your appreciation for our brave service members, RSF is open to anyone — individuals, families, schools, businesses, and communities!
All you have to do is wear a red shirt or garment to show your support. Plus, you can also encourage others to join you. It’s as simple as that.
Show your support for the troops by shopping at Red Shirt Friday!
RSF may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference. It’s a simple way to show your support for men and women in the military who have sacrificed so much for our country.
At RSF, we strive to make a difference in the lives of our troops. Over 80% of our proceeds are donated to support current and past members of the military and their families. Here are some organizations RSF is partnering with:
- Active Valor: A non-profit organization based in San Diego CA, dedicated to helping veterans find a new purpose by mentoring children of our nation’s fallen heroes.
- Patriot PAWS Service Dogs: A fully-accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (AD) dedicated to training dogs for disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities. Their mission is to help restore their physical and emotional independence.
- Our Military Kids: A charity that provides benefits to military families by offering extracurricular activity grants that build the child’s self-confidence and strengthen a shared sense of community.
- Workshops for Warriors: A non-profit school that provides quality training and accredited STEM educational programs to veterans and transitioning service members so they can be placed in advanced manufacturing careers.
We’re proud of how far we’ve come but we know we can do more to help. If you want to join our mission, it’s time to buy that red shirt and wear it with pride on Fridays! Any way you choose to get involved will surely make a difference for countless veterans and their families.
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