American Legion urges members to check in with one another

Julia LeDoux
March 19, 2020 - 1:04 pm
Buddy Check

The American Legion

Veterans, you've got a target on your back during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

And its being put there by The American Legion.

National Commander Bill Oxford is urging members to Buddy Check via emails and phone calls with older vets “to make sure they have the supplies they need, are feeling healthy and help them acquire the resources they need.”

Department of Colorado Commander Dean Noechel has taken that message to heart, by encouraging Buddy Checks in his state.

“Right now, Buddy Checks are as important as ever for checking on our brothers and sisters," he said. “Around 60 percent of our membership are in that high at-risk group (for the coronavirus)."

He said it is especially important to keep in touch with older veterans to see how they’re doing and if they need any assistance.

“A lot of our posts have Facebook groups, so that’s a way to stay in touch,” Noechel said. “It’s not the personal, face-to-face interaction, but it’s still a way to communicate with our veterans.”

A similar effort is taking place at Bernays Apgar Post 342 in New Jersey, Commander Brian McGuire said.

 “Many of our membership rely on the AL (American Legion) activities to keep them motivated and spirits high, so I’ve set up a call roster," he said. "We younger vets will be calling our members, offering support, groceries, etc.”

First Vice Commander Chris Hoffman of Cecil Cox Post 147 in Clovis, Calif., said his post is “utilizing the buddy checks to see if our members, especially our senior members, are in need. We are reaching out with offers of shopping and delivery, transport to and from appointments as necessary, and any other needs, physical and spiritual, that our members may request or require." 

In Minnesota Rothie American Legion Post 330 in Hayfield is helping out those who cannot get to the store by collecting toilet paper for the local elderly population who are unable to get any during the shortages. 

"We are reaching out with offers of shopping and delivery, transport to and from appointments as necessary, and any other needs, physical and spiritual, that our members may request or require," added Hoffman. 

Contact Julia LeDoux at Julia@Connectingvets.com.

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