The Braxton Democrat

American Legion conducts Buddy Checks in Braxton County

American Legion Post 33 Commander Paul Gillespie announced that legionnaires from his post have reached out to area veterans to check on their wellbeing during this challenging economic time.
The nationwide American legion Buddy Check Program was widely adopted nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 and 2021 and continues to serve veterans who may be isolated or otherwise in need.
“Veterans who hear from us may be perfectly fine” said Gillespie. We make no assumptions. We just want to let them know that as fellow veterans, we understand and appreciate their service and that we care about them. We are here to assist.
Veterans are diverse and have various needs. Maybe they just want someone to talk to, maybe they need a ride to the pharmacy or the grocery store. Whatever it is, we want to offer our help. We want everyone to know that they have friends in the American legion.
The American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, is dedicated to the motto of “Veterans Strengthening America”. Chartered by Congress in 1918, the American legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and continued devotion to service members and veterans.
Nearly two million members in posts across the nation and regions overseas serve their communities with a devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Post 33 is located at the Braxton Senior Center between Gassaway and Sutton.
The Post holds its meetings on the first Monday of every month at 7p.m. Area veterans are encouraged to attend to learn more about the local American legion.