Operation Mail Call connects isolated veterans

Julia LeDoux
July 25, 2020 - 9:05 am

Department of Veterans Affairs

Mail call.

Those words have brought smiles to the faces of service members for generations.

And, they carry that same sense today for veterans at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System.

Isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and unable to have visitors, residents at the community living center have received hundreds of letters through Operation Mail Call, according to a VA blog.

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The effort began when Navy veteran Tim Moran posted a message on Facebook.

“I asked people to write to our veterans in the CLC on the main campus since they can’t leave or receive visitors for their own safety,” he explained. “We received between 115 to 120 pieces of mail in response to that first Facebook post. Every veteran received at least three or four letters during the first mail call.”

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Moran is a VA Central Western Massachusetts registered nurse. He said Operation Mail Call was inspired by his time in the Navy.

“I worked on a fast frigate homeported in San Diego,” Moran said. “My high school sweetheart used to write me letters scented with perfume. I used to read those letters over and over again.”

As Moran prepared to deploy to a VA facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, to help care for coronavirus patients, he handed the project over to  Recreation Therapist Meaghan Breed.

“We’re happy to spread the love to other veterans who live on our main campus, and to those who are unable to receive visitors at this time as well,” she said.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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