Honoring Our Frontine Heroes: The National Guard

In states all across America, the National Guard is rising up to offer assistance and join the fight against COVID-19. Their ability to remain flexible and adaptive in the ever-changing circumstances make their contribution during this crisis invaluable.

These amazing men and women are helping in food banks, running drive-thru testing stations, distributing medical equipment, staffing call centers, and setting up treatment sites, just to name a few.

According to Sgt. Jacob Winton, a member of the Tennessee National Guard, “When you join the National Guard, you just want to be able to help your community in times like this.”

And that’s exactly what they’re doing, whatever it takes.

In Charleston, West Virginia, almost 350 members of their National Guard are helping to deliver critical medical supplies to healthcare workers, educate stores and restaurants on protective measures, distribute food, direct traffic at drive-thru testing sites, and provide information and analytics to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Major General James Hoyer said, “Our men and women are showcasing the innovation, determination, and driving spirit of our force in their actions to assist the State of West Virginia each and every day.”

We are honored by the National Guard’s sacrificial service to our country and to our communities. Thank you for being on the frontlines.

For more information and stories on all the wonderful things the National Guard is doing, please visit: https://www.nationalguard.mil/News/.

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