So begins the University of Wisconsin Whitewater class project to establish a virtual buddy check for Dane County

Convergence is on the rise in the social media industry. Fans share footage with journalists who meet veterans and those who serve on the frontline of COVID-19. But what about your American Legion Post? Where do you draw the line when you attend a “Buddy Check” call? As a person who steps up by meeting in-person as an ambassador of the American Legion, where do you know where to step? Social distancing virtual communication networks come in handy. Over watch shared footage helps build blogging for outreach, which avoids getting our members sick by connecting through a social media administrator.

Liability is at stake. Where do you look to when working with at-risk or at-large veterans? The County Veteran Service Officer.

The following scenario happened to an American Legion Post following Buddy Check orders:

Veteran calls from the Madison VA hospital, says he needs the Post Service Officer to go do his grocery shopping, when COVID-19 sees record spikes in their county. Your Second Vice Commander calls and orders you to go help the guy, even though you know handling someone else’s check card may cost the Post it’s reputation. You tell your Second Vice Commander to have them stop at the Madison VA Social Worker to check in before they leave because of COVID-19 hospital programs who will help them.

None-the-less, your Second Vice Commander throws a fit and slams the phone who thinks all of the quarantine is a hoax. The Service Officer maintained the Post Facebook page on-call 24/7 as a service to the Post. By utilizing blogs, hyperlinks and shared data, the Service Officer worked from home to connect with several hundred veterans at once.

The following Virtual Buddy Check network will connect you at Outpost 422. We are taking you on a historical American veteran journey during a time of confusion during the 11th hour of crisis impact due to COVID-19 and unemployability. The American Legion of Wisconsin works through their Engage 22 foundation, which centers around outreach.

Please take a moment to reflect at this point in your veteran journey and connect to the Outpost 422 multimedia center if you are in crisis. You will be directed immediately to our director who will connect you with the American Legion, VFW and DAV to assist you. Reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line anytime. Open the pantry door at 1-877-4-AID-VET, and check in with your County Service Officer.

Due to backlog of  VA appeal, we are conducting a communications experiment at University of  Wisconsin Whitewater to allow Veterans Choice on campus. The Buddy Check Program, Engage 22 and the American Legion brand are not affiliate with any claims made on this site. The Service Officer who belongs to all three organizations shares information as a segue service. The blog is the buddy check. As we work to develop American Legion Zoom meetings, work virtually to stop the spread, think about all who are affected in the event a buddy check may put your comrades at your Post in the line of fire during COVID-19.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater international journalism major starts campus multimedia over watch mission to impact those suffering from COVID-19 virtual setbacks

Disabled veteran returns to school facing challenges as a nontraditional student to overcome the impossibility of winning appeal.

Bradley J. Burt builds a social media watchtower through multimedia outreach by combining all fields of journalism under a brand called “blog-casting.” Blog-casting assists corporations who offer veterans employee assistance programs, which helped Burt win his appeals. Outpost 422, Burt’s Social Media Writing Course final project, takes on the challenges veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder face, by creating an internship outlet at Madison College to collect data, find resources and find a place to intersect with Burt’s WordPress portfolio.

The News Reporting for Media Course at University of Wisconsin Whitewater requires students to build a broadcast reel for their final class project. Bradley J. Burt’s development started at Madison College in the Practicum 2 Course as a consortium transfer in Fall of 2019. Burt combined courses from UW Whitewater with the Madison College Journalism Certificate Program, which operates as a crisis blog outreach reporter.

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Bradley J. Burt takes the viewer on a journey to uncover resources to help those who are utilizing employee assistance programs. Information blog-casted helped Burt win his Veterans Administration appeal. The Outpost 422 Multimedia Center evolves UW Whitewater undergraduate research to create a prototype for virtual off-campus case studies.

Outpost 422 Samples

COVID-19 impacts the Warhawk Vote outreach Friday before the presidential election – Outpost 422

Whitewater Student Government meets virtually to address options on behalf of students addressing ongoing COVID-19 virtual organizing – Outpost 422

Zaroni’s owner makes paying forward to the community through food bank and blood drive first priority on Thanksgiving Eve – Outpost 422

Madison College offers opportunities for students to virtually showcase projects for corporate social responsibility – Outpost 422

Madison VA social workers assist qualifying veterans with navigating services – Outpost 422

The Weird Turn Pro—COVID 19 Distance Learning Assignment for Investigative Journalism at Madison College – Outpost 422

Burt created the Sacred Warrior Search and Rescue Foundation in Fall of 2020 through the Madison College Small Business Development Course to locate grants for those who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Outpost 422 develops on-campus QR voucher assistance through Veterans Choice and private care options. The 501 c 3 funds the Outpost 422 Multimedia Center seeking angel investors and board members to offer clinical trials on University of Wisconsin campuses.

Zaroni’s owner makes paying forward to the community through food bank and blood drive first priority on Thanksgiving Eve

Oshkosh, Wisconsin local pizza and macaroni restaurant collects and delivers donated food while hosting a blood drive on Thanksgiving Eve.

Jon Doemel’s passion for community service offers the Oshkosh community solidarity and hope during the holidays as COVID-19 continues to quarantine families on Thanksgiving.

COVID-19 continues to surge leaving local restaurant owners questioning the future of business success. Zaroni’s A Macaroni and Pizza Pub serves double orders of good faith and charity to those who are quarantined and hospitalized by offering discounts for food and blood donations. The Community Blood Center of Oshkosh RV sets up in the Zaroni’s parking lot, while Account Manager Lisa Koeppel works with Doemel’s business to keep up with supply and demand as the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

Zaroni’s owner Jon Doemel continues to work with his staff and community supporters to collect donations and host blood drives. As Doemel’s family centrally collects donated items at his restaurant, curbside donators offer to help. Doemel’s discounts, volunteer opportunities and announcements continuously update on the Zaroni’s Facebook page inviting patrons to come forward and pitch in.

Whitewater School of Broadcasting Rites of Passage—the Bucky Beer Commercial

Spring of 2020, the Electronic Media Writing Course at UW Whitewater introduced Audio Production I. After finishing the ad campaign final project, the thought of “wouldn’t it be cool to write copy and produce commercials” led to enrolling in the Audio Production I Course.

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Audio Production I offers students an opportunity to pursue a career in the Electronic Media Emphasis field as Communication majors. Outpost 422 tracks every step of the Wisconsin G.I. Bill journey offering samples of the experience. The project assists all who transfer from the Madison College Journalism Certificate completion to collaborate during their UW Whitewater Communications major pursuit. Veterans and students come together to help each other sharpen their skills when projects require Adobe software to complete projects. Tutorials and Practicum opportunities help students find the answers to software riddles on the Outpost 422 Multimedia Resource Center Facebook page. 

The Whitewater School of Broadcasting offers students Practicum opportunities to host shows on-air. The Andersen Library rooms offer back up studio, labs, recording studios and more.



The Bucky Beer Commercial offers a fun and rewarding experience. The project opened up the opportunity to run wide open with Adobe Audition 2020 software to record, mix and produce a 60-second commercial to engage students who work from home. The uniqueness of virtual off-campus projects in Audio Production I challenge students to get creative with recording.

Through tutorials and lavalier microphones, a radio commercial is born. COVID-19 in the broadcast field challenges journalists to work as a collective to offer new methods to keep the audience informed. Audio Production I challenged students this semester to go outside of conventional studios to get the job done.