Merry Christmas to all

May you all have a great Christmas and remember all those that are not with their loved ones today.

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Hell or High Seas event at the Intrepid

Members of the American Legion Coffey-Wilson Post 688 attend a private screening of “Hell or High Seas”, at the Intrepid Museum. 

 The organization brings awareness to PTSD and Veterans suicide.

 HELL OR HIGH SEAS follows U.S. Navy veteran Taylor Grieger and writer Stephen O’Shea as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime — sailing around Cape Horn, the world’s most treacherous ocean waters. The documentary is a moving portrait of a veteran using his own painful journey with PTSD to find healing for himself, and pave a smoother path for veterans returning to civilian life.* (From

We were a little early, but the theater was full after. If you get a chance go see the documentary movie, and support these veterans,

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Father Capodanno commemoration

Join us for the annual commemoration of Father Capodanno service. Event will take place on 4 September at 10AM at the Fort Wadsworth chapel.

See our website events for details.

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Javits Center’s COVID-19 Military Personnel

Members of Post 688 honored to feed these Military Health Providers, they just finished a 12 hour shift assigned to provide Medical Support at the Javits Center COVID-19 mission. Many of these Military Service Members are lodged at the Fairfield Inn, in close proximity to the Javits Center. The American Legion Coffey-Wilson Post 688 members set up a nice relaxing venue to feed them and show appreciation to these brave men and women from all the branches that have arrived to NY from many areas throughout the nation to confront COVID-19. Thank you, Legionnaire Ruben Vega for supporting me with this worthy mission.

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Monthly American Legion post meeting

We just finished out first virtual monthly meeting. we had a great turn out and even had one brother calling in from overseas.

We’ll schedule one for next month. Hope you’ll join us. Annndddd I forgot to get a screenshot.

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Coffey-Wilson in the news!!

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Coffey-Wilson Post on the job

Members of American Legion Coffey-Wilson Post 688 deliver supplies and food to health care workers at Coney Island hospital. Thank you for being on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight. You are heroes.

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COVID-19 SCAM targeting legionnaires

#safety #coronavirus #scams


I received the following email today warning about Scam Artists targeting Legionnaires.

If you receive a request for gift cards or other charity, you should check its authenticity. Do not send money or supplies anywhere until you have verified.

See email below.


Begin forwarded message:

From: “”
Date: March 29, 2020 at 12:26:14 PM EDT
To: “Wheeler, Daniel S.”
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Colorado Email Scam

Dan, This morning a number of our email contacts received a scam email from our Department Commander Dean Noechel with this message as follows:

“The American Legion Department of Colorado needs some gift cards for donation to Veterans at Hospice and Palliative care units for preventive items for Corona Disease (COVID 19). I have decided to make it a personal duty. I will be responsible for the reimbursement.”

Commander Dean did not send this out. It is a scam originating from Denmark.

Since Dean has most of the department commanders and others in the Legion family around the country in his contact list can you send this out to the wider list for their information?

Thanks so much. Your staff is great during these troubled times. Take care.

Pat Smith
Department Adjutant

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Fort Hamilton Update

COVID Positives Update: Due to the dynamic nature of this crisis, we will post a daily update of known positive test results for COVID-19 which directly impact our community.

Fort Hamilton now has 11 COVID-19 positive tests from personnel who live or work on the installation. They are all isolated as directed by their health care provider. We’re taking aggressive actions to mitigate risk as soon as we find out an individual has tested positive, or is deemed to be a presumptive positive. Contact tracing is being conducted immediately and employees who have been in direct contact are instructed to go into quarantine.

The 6 most recent positive test results not yet posted are:

-Two employees from building 210 Last date here was March 19th and March 24th.

-One employee from building 123/PX Last here was March 16th.

-Three employees from building 212. Two last date here was March 8th. Third last date here was March 16th.

We ask anyone who shows symptoms to stay home and contact your medical provider. We ask that all community members implement measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the force.

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Want to keep serving?

The U.S. Army is reaching out to gauge the interest of our retired officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers who would be willing to assist with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic response effort should their skills and expertise be required.

These extraordinary challenges require equally extraordinary solutions and that’s why we’re turning to you — trusted professionals capable of operating under constantly changing conditions. When the Nation called — you answered, and now, that call may come again.

If interested and you remain qualified to serve in any of the following health care specialties: 60F: Critical Care Officer; 60N: Anesthesiologist; 66F: Nurse Anesthetist; 66S: Critical Care Nurse; 66P: Nurse Practitioner; 66T: ER Nurse; 68V: Respiratory Specialist; 68W: Medic – we need to hear from you STAT!

If you are working in a civilian hospital or medical facility, please let us know. We do not want to detract from the current care and treatment you are providing to the Nation.

While this is targeted at medical specialties, if you are interested in re-joining the team and were in a different specialty, let us know your interest.

If interested please contact Human Resources Command, Reserve Personnel Management Directorate, at or call 502-613-4911, and provide your phone number, address, email, and MOS/Branch.

LTG Thomas C. Seamands

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1

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