Departments and posts: encourage Buddy Check submissions
American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford participates in the Buddy Check walk, in Wildwood, N.J., during his visit to the Department of New Jersey on Wednesday, June 9. Photo by Larry Cline / The American Legion

Departments and posts: encourage Buddy Check submissions

The American Legion wants to hear Buddy Check stories for promotional efforts in American Legion media. These stories can be easily shared by posting them on under the category “Buddy Checks.” When submitting Buddy Check stories, please share with us your “why” to making check-ins with veterans and their families.

American Legion departments and posts are encouraged to share this same request in their membership newsletters to help spread the word. 

American Legion Family members are making Buddy Check calls on regular schedules to let veterans and their families know they are not alone and that the American Legion Family stands ready to assist them in any way we can. Toolkits with valuable resources for Buddy Check teams have been refreshed and updated for the program’s third year.

Those materials are available at

The Buddy Check toolkit provides:

- Tips on how to organize a Buddy Check team;

- Buddy Check sample scrips to members and non-members;

- Quick answers to what The American Legion does; and

- Space to fill out what the department does.

Included in the toolkit is a sample media advisory and Buddy Check press release. Posts are encouraged to invite local media to see how Buddy Checks are working in their communities. A downloadable media advisory template is available for posts to customize and distribute to media outlets. Access the sample media advisory for posts and press release at