Military Veterans Step Up During Crisis
The veterans of Mission43 are assisting the Salvation Army to provide food to vulnerable Idahoans, providing qualified, safe labor during a time of need.
In the void left by superb volunteers who are responsibly sheltering in place, veterans are well-suited to work under the strict conditions necessary to maintain a safe environment. Their service will mean people relying on food donations are not left behind.
“Military veterans are uniquely suited to step into roles of leadership and service in their communities during times of crisis because of the ingrained principles of selfless service, duty, discipline and courage that don’t dissipate when they take off the uniform,” Mission43 Director and Retired USMC, LtCol Brian Von Herbulis said.
Mission43 is organizing its members to pack food boxes and prepping the food pantry at the Salvation Army every Monday between 9 am and noon. Volunteers are following the relevant guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and using appropriate safety equipment.
The Salvation Army has a long history of serving our military. Volunteers delivered lemonade and donuts to the front lines during WWI and greeted returning servicepeople as they arrived home from WWII. The Salvation Army’s response to COVID-19 is no different. The charity is educating people who depend on their programs and services to do their part in helping flatten the curve.
Mission43 provides Idaho’s post 9/11 veterans and military spouses support in education, employment and engagement when re-entering the workforce. Please visit mission43.org for more information.