Lt. Gen. Michael Ferrier, who is president and CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, said veterans have many important lessons to offer during the global coronavirus pandemic.
For instance, Ferriter said, there are several corollaries between veterans that have been through during their deployments to what those on the front lines and first responders are experiencing right now during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Veterans can relate to that and veterans can be a part of (helping with) that," said Ferriter, who is Columbus Business First's latest guest on its new Crisis Management podcast.
So even though the doors of the physical museum and memorial have been closed since March 13, Ferriter said his team immediately sprung into action to take its programs virtual.
The organization has hosted webinars on "resiliency, strength and wellness," featuring veterans with powerful stories to share, including Purple Heart recipient Joshua Mantz, a retired U.S. Army major who is a leading speaker on psychological trauma.
Its services to veterans are also going online. The museum attracted 7,000 people from across the country to attend its virtual "Rally Point" program, which usually attracts between 75 to 100 people in person and is meant to provide veterans with fellowship and support.
Ferriter said said the Covid-19 experience has allowed the opportunity to "let loose the creativity of my team.""We are open, we are supporting and connecting, and we are impacting the lives of many," Ferriter said.