The American Legion’s Buddy Check program

Explanation of the program, steps to conduct a successful Buddy Check program, sample scripts and more are available for use by members and posts.

The American Legion’s Buddy Check program (PDF)


How to get organized and use

The national membership database housed on provides contact information, indexed by Zip Code, that can be used to conduct Buddy Checks. Steps about how to organize team and use to find and contact veterans can be found here:

How to organize a buddy check


Lessons Learned

Watch a video about what a Maryland Legionnaire learned about Buddy Checks in the program's first year.

Buddy Check Video


Sample media advisory for posts

Posts are encouraged to invite local media to see how Buddy Checks are working in their communities. This downloadable template can be customized by a local post and distributed to media outlets with an invitation to cover.

Fillable Media Alert (PDF)


Sample Buddy Check press release for posts

The community wants to know when and why The American Legion conducts Buddy Checks for veterans in their communities. A sample press release is available that can be customized to include specifics about a local Buddy Check event or series of events.

Fillable Press Release (PDF)


Buddy Check door hangers

Convenient, downloadable Buddy Check door hangers are available. Posts can fill out the information on the digital file before printing, or print and then write in the information if no one is home when the Buddy Check call is made.

Print-ready Door Hanger (PDF)


FAQs About The American Legion

A succinct statement of basic answers to frequently asked questions about The American Legion also provides space for Buddy Check teams to modify with department and local programs and services.

Download FAQs Worksheet (PDF)