THE AMERICAN LEGION

Post 1 London England

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Message from the Commander UK Post 1 London:

As Commander of UK Post 1 London UK I want to urge all of our members to follow the instructions concerning Covid-19 (Corona) virus to the fullest, it is in our best interest and only chance to beat this virus. Due to the fact that we are located all over the UK and even Belgium it is easy to feel that we are on our own or even forgotten by our comrades. This is not true and I want to urge every member to remember that they should not hesitate to reach out for help in these difficult times. If I or one of our other Officers do not have the answer to help you find the assistance needed I am sure that one of our Comrades does. Together we are strong and if we all can contribute to helping a fellow veteran with words of comfort, concrete advise where the required assistance can be found, or just performing Buddy Checks to find if out he or she is OK then we can say that we are meeting our moral obligation to each other. Remember “No Man Left Behind” and how important that is in these difficult times.

I and my Wife Anne wish you and yours all the best. Be safe, STAY HOME, and stay healthy.

James FitzGerald, Commander American Legion UK Post 1 London England, Department of New York

Email: commander@ukpost1.org --- www.ukpost1.org --- Facebook Page UK Post 1

A message from our National Commander

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Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,

The American Legion’s Buddy Check program came along at the perfect time. A year before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on our lives, Legionnaires had already begun reaching out to older veterans in their communities to perform wellness checks.

That type of outreach became even more critical when social-distancing measures, quarantines and stay-at-home orders became the norm. American Legion members dutifully checked in on at-risk members in their communities.

Thanks to these ongoing efforts during the pandemic, Legionnaires have been delivering needed medicine, food and camaraderie to older veterans who are unable or unwilling to venture outside their homes.

This Veterans Day and the holiday season that follows will be different than in the past, of course. The number of coronavirus cases is soaring throughout the nation. Instead of spreading cheer during these normal times of celebrations, many Legion posts will be forced to limit the size of gatherings, continue to conduct virtual events or cancel them altogether.

We know the camaraderie that Legionnaires share — especially around Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas — is important to their well-being. Without those celebratory events this year, more veterans may sink into depression or contemplate suicidal thoughts.

That is why The American Legion has developed a special enhanced Buddy Check kit focusing on the well-being of veterans during this time. We are counting on all Legionnaires to be alert to the signs of depression and suicidality when they make these Buddy Check calls.

To assist Legionnaires, the new toolkit is available with information on how to make contact, engage in conversation about suicide and direct veterans to the appropriate services. Review and download the kit here.

If you talk with a veteran in need of urgent help, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1. Or text 838255. More information is available at the Veterans Crisis Line website.

Join me in reaching out to veterans in your community. It’s quite likely that these check-ins will save the lives of veterans.

For God and country,


James W. “Bill” Oxford
National Commander



The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans about The American Legion.

In contrast to other veterans organizations, the Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation’s grass roots and the people we serve. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country’s citizenship. The Heroes to Hometowns program is the only nationwide reintegration assistance service for wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, millions of dollars in donations have been given to fellow veterans and their families in times of grief, and various scholarship opportunities ensure the future success of our youth.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

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