If you’re like me, much of your time recently has been dedicated to adjusting to the new challenges of COVID-19, which can be pretty unsettling, Our hearts go out to those who’ve had to face this health crisis and their families, and those who’ve been furloughed from their jobs.
The Veterans Advantage team is working 100% remotely and rest assured, we are working hard to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Our live U.S.-based phone team is here to help you with redeeming our VetRewards Exclusive partner discounts or answering any questions at 1-866-VET-ASSIST or 1-866-838-2774 for extended hours on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 9 pm. ET.
While it’s important we all stay informed through the CDC guidelines, we are also committed to maintaining the need for social distancing. As difficult as this is, especially for our livelihoods, the health experts say it’s our best hope to slow the spread of COVID-19, and have the medical resources to best care for those in need. Just as we raised our right hand to serve our country, we must now commit to social distancing as our civic and patriotic duty.
It’s inspiring to see how our military is engaged, from National Guard deployments to hotspot states, to the Army Corps of Engineers helping establish infrastructure for medical first responders. It provides us with the hope and confidence that, as we pull together as a nation, we will prevail.
We continue to focus on March as Women’s History Month. Following our last edition’s TopVet profile of Brigadier General and Dr. Loree Sutton, the former New York City Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and current mayoral candidate, our cover story this week is “I Serve, Too,” written by Civil Affairs Specialist Emily Solberg, an Army Reservist and Marine Corp spouse. Written with a powerful female perspective, it sends an important message that I hope all of you will read and share.
Lastly, and most importantly, March 25 is National Medal of Honor Day, where we recognize all Medal of Honor recipients. The medal, our highest military decoration, was first awarded under the Lincoln administration on March 25, 1863. Today, the 71 living recipients embody the six core values of courage, integrity, patriotism, citizenship, commitment, and sacrifice. We are honored to have one of them, Paul “Buddy” Bucha as a longtime friend and member of our Board of Advisors. I am proud to be a Director of the Medal of Honor Foundation, which supports Paul’s great work and the important programs of the recipients, the Medal of Honor Society.
Be safe and confident!