At the Purple Heart Foundation, we have been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 just like all of you. As you may know, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the spread of the coronavirus as a “Pandemic”; a situation nobody was prepared for. And now the Coronavirus has officially hit home… all 50 states have verified cases of the coronavirus. However, this country was founded on the characteristics of bravery, courage and strength… so this too, we shall overcome.
Although everyone is at risk, the most vulnerable are those with underlying health conditions and those over 50 years old, including a community of over 13 Million military veterans across the country. We fear for the safety and health of our nation’s veterans during this pandemic.
So as our nation endures the trials and tribulations of this critical time, we urge you to remain a united front. Everyone is at risk, so be do your part.
As you prepare for social distancing and potential quarantine, we ask that you don’t forget about your family, your community, those less fortunate, and the veterans that fought for our freedom.
This is the time for you to step up. Reach out to the veterans in your family or community and be the hero in their lives.
The coronavirus is highly transmittable and must be taken seriously.
However, while the rest of the world is telling you to wash your hands and don’t touch your face (which is medically sound advice and we agree), we want you to remind you of the following as you prepare for self-quarantine during the spread of COVID-19:
- Adults +50yrs, with underlying health conditions are at high risk.
- Call and check on older adults and veterans.
- Don’t Panic. We can get through this together.
- Those at high risk may need assistance getting food, medicine and other supplies. Be there for others, or if you need help, ask for it.
- Offer to be a veteran’s emergency contact to give advice, help contact family, or call for emergency services, if needed. Offer to be a lifeline.
At the Purple Heart Foundation, we believe that right now the safety and well-being of veterans is of the utmost importance. To learn more about how to give veterans a fighting chance against COVID-19, visit:
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