Airmen make sure elderly have meals during COVID-19 pandemic
Military members have sworn to protect this country, no matter what. One way local airmen are doing that is bringing food to the elderly during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Airmen stationed at Hurlburt Field are working with Okaloosa County's Meals on Wheels program to make sure seniors in the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville area have warm meals.
Airman First Class Ishmael Ottman is the 505th Command and Control Wing's Meals on Wheels' volunteer scheduler. He started out as a volunteer in the fall 2018.
"We usually deliver meals on Wednesdays to seniors, two or three times a month, other squadrons and volunteers help out with other days," Ottman said.
After the COVID-19 crisis began, Ottman asked Lorraine LaCroix, director of Okaloosa County's Meals on Wheels, if they needed more help. Together, they were able to cover all the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville deliveries.
"We will continue doing the program for as long as it's around," said Ottman.
The airmen have worked with the organization for more than 15 years.