On Aug. 31, 2022, American Legion Post 248 in Blue Ridge, Ga., conducted Buddy Checks for their members. Senior Vice Commander James C. "Jim" Callender, Adjutant Chris McKee, Historian Howard "Catfish" Adkins and member Ronnie Rabun met at the post, divided up the post roster, and began their calls using a pre-prepared written script as a guide to the conversations. Fifty members were successfully contacted. The team identified two members who are homebound and potentially need assistance, and these members were referred to the post service officer. Eighteen messages were left for members with working phones with voicemail who did not answer the call. The team also identified members with incorrect or inoperative phone numbers or no phone number listed on the roster. A follow-up letter was mailed on Sept. 9, 2022, to those members who could not be contacted by phone asking them to contact the post adjutant and report their status and current contact information. The post intends to conduct Buddy Checks once each quarter.
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