Arizona veterans group describes how to help vets during virus pandemic

Aug 17, 2020, 4:35 AM

PHOENIX – In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a Scottsdale-based veterans advocacy group is encouraging Valley residents to make sure America’s soldiers are not forgotten.

Honoring America’s Veterans has asked both Arizona veterans and the general public to do four things to ensure that local heroes continue to receive support during the public health crisis:

  • Do a buddy check with a veteran by checking in with a simple phone call
  • Donate blood to help those in most urgent need of medical care
  • Donate to local food banks
  • Share stories online that inspire others to help veterans

“We know veterans know how to deal with crisis and emergency — and what we’re going to call a combat against a virus — because they’re very used to combat,” Executive Director of Honoring America’s Veterans Paula Pedene told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Pedene recommends calling a Veteran, sending a text or scheduling a Zoom call to see how they’re doing and if you can offer any help during this time.

They are also looking for Arizona veterans to be nominated for their 2020 Honor of Heroes Campaign.

Arizona veterans who has served since World War II to present day are eligible for nomination. The winners will be publicly recognized, thanked for their service, and included as part of our 2020 virtual Veterans Day event in Arizona.

Entries can be submitted online.

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade that traditionally draws thousands will not proceed as an in-person event this fall. Instead, the November 11 parade will take on a virtual format across TV, radio and digital channels. They are asking for the public’s help to support Arizona veterans in series of unique ways during this on-going health emergency, including honoring them through their new campaign.

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Arizona veterans group describes how to help vets during virus pandemic