Operation Buddy Check (OBC)

A step-by-step guide for military veterans to reconnect their tribe, build community and save lives

Task: Build community and make a difference
Condition: 18 million U.S. military veterans facing a broad range of issues
Standard: No buddy left behind

2nd PLT, B Co, 1-38 INF “Gladiators”

“Today’s veterans often come home to find that, although they’re willing to die for their country, they’re not sure how to live for it.”

Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecomings and Belongings
  • Step 1) Identify target community (squad/platoon/company)
  • Step 2) Determine date and frequency for video call (e.g. third Sunday of month @ 1100 ET)
  • Step 3) Select video teleconferencing tool
    • Google Meet free up to 500 attendees for 60 minutes
  • Step 4) Determine purpose for call
    • e.g. check on buddies and stay connected
    • e.g. reconnect and catch up
  • Step 5) Schedule call, include purpose and video chat link on calendar invite
  • Step 6) Don’t give up. Find, call, and check on all your buddies
  • Step 7) Exchange information. Share the purpose and time of call with everyone
  • Step 8) Send out a reminder one week and one day before the meeting
  • Step 9) Join the meeting and connect with your buddies
  • Step 10) Stay connected (
    • e.g. maintain monthly call and coordinate in-person events
  • Step 11) Continue trying to connect with folks. No buddy left behind