The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their precious lives and loved ones battling the virus. With businesses and travel coming to a halt, the whole world is experiencing setbacks and faces the virus’s repercussions.
To better assist individuals in these troubling times, many organizations and authorities have come to the rescue playing a vital part in “bending the curve.” In addition to healthcare heroes and government authorities, the U.S. Military is also assisting the people of America. The military’s response to COVID-19 has significantly helped in turning the tides against Coronavirus.
The Challenges Presented by the Coronavirus
Military Service Members
The U.S. Military does not have immunity from COVID 19. The U.S. imposed strict rules on military personnel who live in close quarters or are deployed since they are more prone to catching the virus. On July 30th, 2020, the news reported that more than 26,000 military service members had fallen victim to the virus since it entered America, with 14,000 of them still struggling to recover.
Seven thousand out of these are enlisted in the U.S. Army.People 18 to 24 years old, the largest demographic in the U.S. Military, are experiencing higher infection rates than any other age group. The most significant numbers of cases have been reported in California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida.
The situation is no easier for military families. COVID-19’s impact on military families has made it harder for them to get help. Staying at home all day and being unable to reach out to support groups has fueled mental health problems. Additionally, many military families still have to relocate to new duty stations despite the pandemic.
The fear of contracting the Coronavirus while working on the frontlines has also instilled stress in military families. Military members have also been appointed as “essential workers” putting their lives in danger, reporting to different places like food banks, hospitals, and quarantine centers.
Many families also have service members deployed to different parts of the world where they live with uncertainty in isolation. Families are unsure of when they will see their loved ones again. Two U.S. Air Force Academy students also committed suicide after being placed in solitary confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing during a mental health crisis can fuel depression, stress, and anxiety.
Like everyone else, military couples that planned on getting married this year have to hold off their celebrations. For instance, Army 2nd Lt. Meaghan M. Johnson and her partner 2nd Lt. James Johnson had planned a grand wedding at Cadet Chapel, but COVID-19 happened, and they got married having only ten people present – without any bridesmaids, groomsmen, or ring bearers. Many couples have intimate ceremonies to get married and plan on holding the reception after the situation gets better.
The U.S. Military’s Response to COVID-19
Despite COVID-19’s impact on military families, the U.S. Military service members have wholeheartedly devoted themselves to fighting the novel Coronavirus. Not only active-duty members, but also veterans have come forward and assisted in bending the curve. About 800,000 veterans responded to the military’s calls and put on their uniforms to head for the frontlines. Some of the services that active military members and veterans are participating in include:
- Setting up COVID-19 testing areas
- Delivering meals to quarantine centers and nursing homes
- Standing guard at hospitals and hotels.
- Enforcing laws set by the government
- Delivering medical supplies and equipment
- Delivering workforce and protection gear to hot zones
- Registering travelers at airports
- Providing military equipment like trucks and aircraft for emergency assistance
- Distributing food supplies at food banks
To protect yourself, your loved ones, and your families from the virus, you must:
- Stay at home unless necessary
- Wear a mask and gloves when heading outside
- Keep 6 feet away from people at all times
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging or any physical interaction
- Wash hands frequently
- Use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces
- Disinfect your doors, locks, keys and other frequently touched surfaces using alcohol disinfectant frequently
- Isolate yourself if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19
- Assist those who are infected in any way you can while protecting yourself
How We Are One! Incorporation, CA. Is Helping
The military’s response to COVID-19 has motivated us to take steps to help impacted military members and their families. This includes the many military spouses who typically face a much harder time finding well-paying, stable jobs and face dismal career opportunities, increasing their financial hardships.
Here, at We Are One! Incorporation CA., are continuing our operations in the time of COVID-19, taking full precautions, and following Standard Operating Procedures laid out by the government. We have raised over $1,500 and non-perishable items in July and distributed them amongst military families facing hardships. Our sincerest thanks go out to our sponsors, board members, and volunteers for helping us out.
If you are a military family member and require support, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and apply for assistance via our website. You can also contact us by calling (949) 988-0077 or by mail at PO Box 976, Sunset Beach, CA, 90742.
If you wish to donate or volunteer to help lessen the COVID-19’s impact on military families, visit our website. We are currently collecting clothing and monetary donations for struggling military families.
Together, we can help America battle successfully through COVID-19 and restore our country!