Red Cross: Allow my sister to attend our grandfather's funeral
  • Petitioned Sherri L. Brown

This petition was delivered to:

Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces
Sherri L. Brown
Command Master Chief, USS Rushmore
CMDCM (SW/AW) Foy M. Harris
American Red Cross

Red Cross: Allow my sister to attend our grandfather's funeral

    1. Petition by

      Brandi Carver

      La Mesa, CA

Earlier this morning, our grandfather, Orin Carver, passed away. My little sister, Kristina Carver, is stationed aboard the USS Rushmore, headed toward a war zone. Not only did our grandfather serve in the Navy, he's the one that convinced Kristina to serve our country. But we're being told she can't attend his funeral.

Kristina's husband called the Red Cross's emergency communication services for service members abroad. They told him they would help get her home to grieve, and our whole family was elated. It would mean so much to have Kristina home for the funeral.

But then we received another call saying that, sadly, our request was denied because our grandfather is not considered "immediate" family. But to us, he was a father figure. We grew up in a single-parent home. While our dad was working countless hours to pay bills, feed us, and put clothes on our backs, our grandparents were raising us, a total of seven girls. Our grandparents were not "extended" family; they were most definitely "immediate" and our Grandfather was most definitely a father.

Please help us get our sister home so she can mourn the loss of a sailor, a hero, and a parent.

Thank You and God Bless,
The Carver Girls

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sherry Campbell FAIR OAKS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe she has fought for our Country and she deserves to see her Granddad berried.

    • Crystal Windmon RANCHO CORDOVA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Kristina's grandfather deserves for her to be at his funeral.

    • kathy weinrich N. HOGHLANDS, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      this family needs to be together at this time. Everyone needs to grieve with their family

    • Kimberly Ramos ELK GROVE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Family is Family doesn’t matter if it is immediate or not!!!!

    • Kimmy Nolan MIDLOTHIAN, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      My husband is deployed right now and my father is a Dad to my kids and if my father passed away and my kids could not be there it would be heartbreaking for them. Grandparents are Immediate Family...


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