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Home News American Legion provides 166 televisions for recovering servicemembers

American Legion provides 166 televisions for recovering servicemembers

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Servicemembers recovering in warrior transition units have not been exempt from the social distancing orders put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, 166 men and women recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion Liberty Barracks at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, have often been confined to their personal room to remain six feet apart from others. With no televisions in the individual rooms, this confinement has left little entertainment options for the patients.

Thanks to a recent $42,000 grant from The American Legion Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program, televisions now exist in all 166 rooms.

Brooke Army Medical Center WTB Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Camacho contacted local Legionnaire Robert Masten about the possibility of an OCW grant for the televisions.

“I advised Command Sgt. Maj. Camacho that as the old saying goes, if you never ask the question you may never get the answer,” said Masten, Department of Texas 3rd Division commander. Masten submitted an OCW grant request online. And earlier this month his request was fulfilled – 166 Samsung 43-inch smart televisions were delivered to the Brooke Army Medical Center WTB Liberty Barracks.

For the last 10 years, an OCW grant has provided wounded warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center and their families a trip to Six Flags San Antonio for a day of relaxation, camaraderie, food and rides. American Legion Family members from the 20th District welcomed the servicemembers and their families.





Visit legion.org/ocw to learn more about the program, how to apply for a grant and ways to donate.


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