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An urgent message about coronavirus.
Dear American Legion Family and Friends,
The enemy we are facing isn’t hiding in the bush.
Nor has it buried a roadside bomb
unbeknownst to us. Yet the enemy is just as dangerous and deadly.
The coronavirus has been classified as a pandemic by the
World Health Organization. The number
of people who will test positive for the potentially fatal
COVID-19 remains unknown, but there
are steps we can take, and must take, to protect ourselves
and help our fellow veterans and citizens.
I encourage you to use extreme caution and adhere
to the best practices put forth by the
health experts. Namely properly wash your hands frequently,
use antibacterial rubs and practice “social distancing.”
Coronavirus is particularly dangerous for those
over the age of 50 who contract it so please
be cognizant of the risks when planning post activities and functions.
At the same time, this is an excellent opportunity to
perform Buddy Checks. Check in with
older veterans in your communities to make sure
they have the supplies they need, are feeling
healthy and help them acquire the resources they need.
Of course, Buddy Checks can be done
with phone calls and emails so as not to risk
spreading or contracting coronavirus.
The coronavirus situation will be changing rapidly
so we have to be nimble in our approach to
serving our communities, states and nation.
Among the best resources to follow are the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) and the
World Health Organization (who.int).
Let’s also keep our thoughts and prayers with our
servicemembers especially those overseas,
our National Guardsmen, first responders and others
who will be taxed in coming months. They
need our support now more than ever.
We have faced down enemies, foreign and domestic,
throughout our nation’s history. While this
threat is ominous, we will once again work together to overcome it.
James W. “Bill” Oxford
Veterans Still Serving America!