CoronaVirus (aka Covid-19)

This page is to inform you, the visitor, information and updates on the Covid-19 and the American Legion Family. Please check back often for updates  that pertain to the American Legion Family. Said information will come from one of these resources: the Post Commander, Department of the American Legion Family or National American Legion Family. Be Safe, stay well, stay home.

Dear American Legion Family,

Many times I have mentioned the importance of conducting Buddy Checks throughout this crisis. It is especially vital that we check on senior citizens. Legion College graduate Jennifer Gedney Havlick (Class of 2018) has brought it to a new level. A member of Post 109 in Twin Harbors, Minn., she has formulated a plan  called Enhanced Buddy Checks. (click here)

It includes organizing response teams with captains, daily morale calls, and shopping for those who are self-quarantined. Even tasks such as bringing trash cans to the curb are not overlooked. Performing these tasks for others can save lives to those who may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

In its early stages, Buddy Checks were seen as a way to improve communication. During this national emergency, it is more important than ever before.

Bill Oxford
National Commander

Covid-19 links and resources

American Legion and the State of Colorado

Legion Information:

Colorado & Denver Links:

Buddy Check: Coronavirus Pandemic Assistance

COVID-19 Media Fact Sheet.

Veterans’ GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic

American Legion Family members continue to assist others during difficult time

Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities - Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Running Essential Errands






Updates From National on Covid-19

1 June 2020, Afternoon

Dear American Legion Family,

Not only can The American Legion accomplish even greater things as a “family,” when posts, units and squadrons team together – they can become an even greater force multiplier.

Such is the case with American Legion Post 408 in Derby, Kansas. When its American Legion Family members teamed up with their Kansas comrades in Post 136 (Mulvane), Post 4 (Wichita) and Post 90 (Wellington) for a food collection ride, more than 1,100 pounds of food were donated to the Derby Food Pantry. An American Legion post is a positive force. A group of American Legion posts is an UNSTOPPABLE one!

Bill Oxford

National Commander


1 June 2020, Morning

Dear American Legion Family,

On Thursday, President Trump tweeted “The men and women of the National Guard have been doing a great job fighting the Coronavirus. This week, I will extend their Title 32 orders through mid-August, so they can continue to help States succeed in their response and recovery efforts.”

On May 20, we had called for the president to extend these orders. The previous orders were for 89 days, just one day short of the 90-day threshold needed to obtain certain benefits. These benefits are certainly well-deserved.

Bill Oxford

National Commander

29 May 2020, Afternoon

Coronavirus captures the headlines but unfortunately other disasters still occur. American Legion Post 443 in Sanford, Mich., knows this too well. After dam failures caused massive flooding in the area, the post acted as a relief center supplying personnel hygiene products and cleaning supplies to affected residents. Moreover, its American Legion Riders chapter has been raising funds to rebuild a damaged monument to Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Burgess, who was killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq.

Hurricane season begins next week. Wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes will continue to happen. Now is a good time to consider donating to The American Legion National Emergency Fund.

Bill Oxford

National Commander

29 May 2020, Morning

From Buddy Checks to food drives, communities across the country have gained an even greater appreciation for The American Legion as a result of our response to COVID-19. But it takes members to make these activities and programs possible. That’s why it’s essential that we continue to proactively recruit and retain members. Kudos to the five district commanders who earned first place in our Race to the Top competition. These commanders all achieved 100 percent of their membership goal by March 31.

They are Steven A. Anderson of Utah (category I), Jack “J.D.” Baker of North Carolina (category II), Devil “Bo” Durham of North Carolina (category III), Bruce Carl of Florida (category IV) and Robert G. Suelter of Florida (category V). Well done.

Bill Oxford

National Commander




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Be Safe

While most of us are still under the Stay AT Home Orders for several cities and counties through out the State of Colorado. Do your part to stay safe, stay home. If you must go out, please wear a mask.

Do your part and check on your neighbors, friends and fellow Veterans. Even if it is just a phone call.

We Shall Keep The Faith