Jeff Stoffer of the American Legion spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 17 about the August issue of the American Legion magazine.
Stoffer first previewed a story about the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their 38-point plan ensured the whole staff had personal protective equipment, hand-sanitizing stations for entrances, disposable dinnerware and plans to feed residents in their rooms, isolation areas for people that are infected and masks for guests.
During a time when nursing homes are at an elevated risk for infection to spread, the CalVet homes went above and beyond with proper preparation.
Out of California’s eight veteran homes, only three of the 1,200 total residents contracted COVID-19 and only two died. Out of the 2,300 staff members, 19 had contract COVID-19. The CalVet’s homes fending off the virus is noteworthy, as many deaths in the United States from COVID-19 came from long-term care homes.
The second story he spoke about deals with the United States Military dedicating a branch to space. Stoffer explained that the military wants to move forward on this for “strategic support force,” where they would be able to have support satellites in space or conduct satellite attacks and other operations.
Rich Fiesta of the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke about vote by mail lawsuits in Maine. He explained how voter suppression with mail-in votes is occurring and there is legislation to push back against it.
In Maine, a person needs to have a witness sign their mail-in ballot for it to be legitimate. Fiesta explains how in a time where a pandemic is running rampant and is more harmful to the elderly, people want to have as much distance from others as possible, but the mail-in ballot rules won’t permit it.
Fiesta then discussed how it will now cost more than $3,000 for a five-day treatment of COVID-19 with the drug remdesivir in the United States. Taxpayers invested at least $70 million to develop remdesivir, but have no say in how much Gilead can charge for it because the U.S. government put no strings on the investment.