BREAKING NEWS AND PERTINENT INFORMATION DIRECTLY FROM THE
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NATIONAL OUTREACH OFFICE
These important briefings are provided through AFSAs Veterans Service Organization's Communicators Partnership with the National Veterans Outreach Office, Department of Veterans Affairs.
NEWS RELEASED WEDNESDAY 5/13/2020
VA reports rising patient capacity, stable supplies and staffing 8 weeks into COVID-19 emergency - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has maintained an increasing supply of beds for both Veterans and COVID-19 patients, steady supplies across the nation and a stable staffing situation in the vast majority of VA locations nearly two months into the national emergency. (5/13/20)
VA national cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today it will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath laying ceremonies. (5/13/20)
VA accepts mask donation from South Korea to assist with COVID-19 efforts, longtime partner and ally sends 500,000 protective masks - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has accepted a donation of half a million protective masks from the Republic of Korea to assist the department in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. (5/12/20)
VA releases new COVID Coach mobile app - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the COVID Coach app, a new mobile app designed to help both Veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. (5/12/20)
VA initiatives grab recognition for leadership, management and contribution to science - Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) initiatives were recently named finalists of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for VA’s Connected Care program and 3D printing initiatives. (5/11/20)
VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support - In recognition of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the “Now Is the Time” campaign. (5/8/20)
VA and Parkinson’s Foundation partner to help Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Parkinson’s Foundation announced today they are teaming up to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease. (5/8/20)
Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Process for Charting the Course - Agency Plan on Returning to Pre-COVID-19 Operations - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a three-phase plan for resuming regular operations at its medical centers, benefit offices and national cemeteries in a post-COVID-19 setting (5/7/20)
VA gets boost from CARES Act to provide emergency assistance to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during COVID-19 crisis - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has expanded support services enabled by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to make available immediate relief for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. (5/6/20)
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VA is committed to bringing Veterans health care when and where they need it using advanced #telehealth technologies. If you are a #Veteran or #caregiver find out what #VAConnectedCare can offer you: https://www.telehealth.va.gov/
Video or Telephone Appointments: https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect
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Annie App: https://mobile.va.gov/annie
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VA names Brooks D. Tucker Acting Chief of Staff - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Brooks D. Tucker will serve as VA’s acting chief of staff, effective April 30. (5/1/20)
VA expands access to virtual hearings - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) today announced it is expanding access to virtual hearings to all Veterans awaiting their Board hearing after successfully testing the capabilities during the last year. (5/1/20)
Veteran trust in VA health care rises above 90 percent for the first time - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released survey results showing Veteran trust in VA health care outpatient services has increased more than 5% since 2017, reaching 90.1% as of April 12. (4/30/20)
VA works with communities nationwide to meet critical need for blood - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its participating medical centers across the country kicked-off blood drives in late April — partnering with the American Red Cross and community organizations — in response to the ongoing national need for blood during the coronavirus disease 2019 public health emergency. (4/29/20)
VA joins XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance to combat COVID-19 and future outbreaks - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has partnered with the XPRIZE Foundation’s Pandemic Alliance as part of a public and private coalition to help develop ways to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent global outbreaks. (4/29/20)
VA establishes the department’s first history office - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the VA History Office (VAHO), April 10, to formally collect and preserve the department’s history. (4/29/20)
Joint Statement from DHS and VA on Continued Collaboration Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic - In a whole-of-government effort, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs have worked very closely together throughout the coronavirus pandemic to bring critical medical supplies to our nation’s heroes. While the supply and demand for PPE during this crisis is greater than ever before, the federal government has worked with governmental and private sector partners to secure what the VA needs. (4/28/20)
VA health app now available to Veterans across all mobile and web platforms - Through public-private partnerships with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), since early April, all Veterans have been able to securely connect to their health care data online. (4/27/20)
MESSAGE FROM THE VHA EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE - APRIL 21, 2020 - WATCH VIDEO NOW
Today’s video is one of thanks to our Veteran Services Organizations (VSOs). I want to take a moment to thank and recognize the VSOs for your tremendous and unwavering support during this COVID-19 crisis. We could not do what we do without your support, year after year, partnering with you to care for and support our Veterans.
This is an unprecedented time in our history, and I am so proud of what this VHA team has accomplished under such difficult circumstances. I have been participating in the weekly VSO meetings that Secretary Wilkie has hosted and have appreciated the dialogue and feedback that we have received from the national VSO leadership as we work together to help our nation get through this crisis.
In addition, I have heard firsthand the great things your organizations are doing to support us. From holding blood drives, providing well-being checks, connecting your members to our national mental health resources and much more, your organizations are on the frontlines with us and we depend on you to provide the critical updates and resources our Veterans need to know regarding health care and staying safe.
VHA will continue to send a weekly VSO newsletter that will provide your organizations with key COVID-19 updates regarding health operations, policy changes, videos/training on key topics, VHA/VSO success stories, and frequently asked questions.
We value our partnership and thank each of your organizations for your support. Please continue to let us know how we can serve you and your members well and stay safe..
Richard A. Stone, MD
Executive in Charge
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IRS NEWS RELEASE: Special alert for benefit recipients who don’t file a tax return and have dependents
SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; IRS asks for help in the ‘Plus $500 Push’
IR-2020-76, April 20, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.
Their $1,200 payments will be issued soon and, in order to add the $500 per eligible child amount to these payments, the IRS needs the dependent information before the payments are issued. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.
Following extensive work by the IRS and other government agencies, $1,200 automatic payments will be starting soon for those receiving Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn’t file a tax return in the last two years. No action is needed by these groups; they will automatically receive their $1,200 payment.
For those benefit recipients with children who aren’t required to file a tax return, an extra step is needed to quickly add $500 per eligible child onto their automatic payment of $1,200.
For people in these groups who have a qualifying child and didn’t file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, they have a limited window to register to have $500 per eligible child added automatically to their soon-to-be-received $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. A quick trip to a special non-filer tool on IRS.gov by noon Eastern time, Wednesday, April 22, for some of these groups may help put all of their eligible Economic Income Payment into a single payment.
“We want to ‘Plus $500’ these recipients with children so they can get their maximum Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 plus $500 for each eligible child as quickly as possible,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “They’ll get $1,200 automatically, but they need to act quickly and register at IRS.gov to get the extra $500 per child added to their payment. These groups don’t normally have a return filing obligation and may not realize they qualify for a larger payment. We’re asking people and organizations throughout the country to share this information widely and help the IRS with the Plus $500 Push.”
To help spread the word to recipients with children about this special “Plus $500 Push,” the IRS has additional material available on a special partners page that can be shared with friends, family members and community groups. This effort will focus on the initial April 22 deadline and continue this spring to reach as many people as possible since the child payments will continue to be made in the weeks and months ahead.
Have a child but don’t file a tax return? Visit IRS.gov now
Those receiving federal benefits – including Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Administration benefits – who have with children and who weren’t required file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 should visit the Non-Filer: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov. By quickly taking steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they can receive the $500 per dependent child payment automatically in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.
First window affects SSA/RRB recipients with children; SSI and VA recipients have slightly more time to add $500 to automatic payments
For certain SSA / RRB beneficiaries who don’t normally file a tax return and do not register with the IRS by April 22, they will still be eligible to receive the separate payment of $500 per qualifying child. For those who miss the April 22 deadline, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020. They will not be eligible to use the Non-Filer tool to add eligible children once their $1,200 payment has been issued.
SSI and VA beneficiaries have some additional time beyond April 22 to add their children since their $1,200 automatic payments will be made at a later date. SSI recipients will receive their automatic payments in early May, and the VA payment schedule for beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments is still being determined. If they have children and aren’t required to file a tax return, both groups are urged to use the Non-Filer tool as soon as possible. Once their $1,200 payment has been issued, they will not be eligible to use the Non-Filer tool to add eligible children. Their payment will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.
No action needed by most taxpayers
The Treasury Department will make these automatic payments to SSA, SSI, RRB and VA recipients. Recipients will generally receive the automatic $1,200 payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.
For information about Social Security retirement, survivors and disability insurance beneficiaries, please visit the SSA website at SSA.gov. For more information related to veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA, please visit VA.gov.
General IRS information about the Economic Impact Payments is available on a special section of IRS.gov.
Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. There is no fee required to receive these payments.
VA researchers to study COVID-19 in aging Veterans with dementia - Researchers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Providence VA Medical Center began, early April, studying the effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Veterans living in VA Community Living Centers (CLCs). (4/21/20)
Timeline on how VA prepared for COVID-19 outbreak and continues to keep Veterans safe - The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic, March 11, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was already preparing for this dangerous virus several weeks before. (4/20/20)
VA acquires Texas community hospital to fight COVID-19 and care for Veterans in the future - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acquired the former Garland-Baylor, Scott & White hospital, April 3, to increase its capacity to care for Veterans. (4/20/20)
VA Partners with Treasury Department to Deliver Economic Impact Payments to Veterans and Survivors - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is working directly with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Treasury Department to ensure delivery of ‘Economic Impact Payments’ to Veterans and survivors who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA without additional paperwork or IRS filings. (4/17/20)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2020
VA virtual mental health care use on the rise amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues, daily, to deliver quality and timely mental health care to Veterans, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has made traveling to VA facilities complex.
VA staff data shows a dramatic jump in virtual mental health care services in March, a sign Veterans are successfully accessing care despite the challenges the pandemic has presented. VA Video Connect allows Veterans to consult with their healthcare provider via their computer, tablet or phone. Also, during March, mental health providers completed more than 34,000 appointments with Veterans using VA Video Connect, an increase of 70% from the 20,000 appointments made in February, before the pandemic. Here’s a breakdown of the increases.
Telehealth group therapy conducted more than 2,700 visits in March, a jump of more than 200% from the prior month.
“VA is open for business and we continue to provide same-day mental health services and mental health screening for Veterans at-risk who require attention at any of our facilities,” said Wilkie. “There is no doubt VA’s early embrace of new technology is aiding Veterans and I applaud VA health care workers and Veteran patients for embracing it.”
Veterans interested in learning more about scheduling a telehealth appointment can read the latest VA information about the Coronavirus and mental health.
Veterans looking to connect to local VA staff by phone can find their closest VA facility here.
For Veterans in crisis or those who are concerned, help is available at the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, and press 1, or text 838255, or chat www.VeteransCrisisLine.net.
For more information about VA’s overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how procedures have changed at your local VA, click here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2020
VA’s Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System provides surge support to combat COVID-19
Activation shifts internal personnel to focus on hardest hit areas of the pandemic
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began shifting medical personnel, recently, with the first employees arriving to support efforts in New Orleans, LA, one of the county’s hardest hit areas impacted by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Through VA’s Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) medical professionals are deployed, as VA continues to solicit fully credentialed volunteers from within its workforce, to reinforce staffing levels in New Orleans.
Internally, VA is currently seeking personnel with intensive care unit and medical or surgical ward experience, as well as biomedical technicians with expertise using ventilators and other personnel to support the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System’s response to COVID-19. This is a normal and routine part of VA’s response to both local and national disasters. Information on VA’s COVID-19 Response plan can be found here.
To support rapid response by our personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, we need volunteers to care for patients in high risk areas. Employees who complete a 14-day in-person DEMPS deployment will be offered a $5,000 award for their service.
“VA has great medical personnel throughout the nation supporting our Veterans battling COVID-19,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Some of our facilities need additional assistance and that’s why VA is taking a variety of prudent actions to properly staff for this emergency. The activation of DEMPS will help one of our facilities in a very challenging area have the additional staff they need to care for our nation’s Veterans.”
VA has been working to shift most outpatient care to telehealth operations and has postponed the majority of elective and non-emergent procedures. This minimizes the risk of infection, while allowing more Veterans to receive care through minimal contact with staff, saving time and reducing the consumption of personal protective equipment. VA is also screening all Veterans and staff members for infection with COVID-19 as indicated by Centers for Disease Control medical guidance.
VA encourages Veterans, staff members and their families to take everyday precautions to protect against respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19, the flu, and the common cold, and to follow the guidance of their local and state healthcare and emergency management officials.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun implementing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act or CARES Act, signed into law March 27, to protect America’s Veterans. The CARES Act is best known as the law providing $2.2 trillion in economic relief to Americans and has language critical to ensuring the safety of Veterans. “President Trump signed this legislation into law with a sharp eye on ensuring the safety of our nation’s Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Since the President signed the CARES Act, VA has been moving quickly to implement the President’s intent to hire new staff, take care of homeless Veterans, use our cutting-edge telehealth technology to keep appointments, help state-run Veterans homes.” The bill contains important funding increases in support of VA’s nationwide response to the challenge. This includes $17.2 billion for the Veterans Health Administration, where money is already being used, to hire new staff and make sure existing personnel have the resources they need to deal with the evolving needs of the pandemic. The funding has also been used to add beds, provide overtime pay and purchase needed supplies such as ventilators, pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment.
Other CARES Act benefits to Veterans includes:
State Veterans Homes
Additionally, the CARES Act law allocates $150 million for emergency State Veterans Home construction and $2.15 billion for information technology. The release for CARES Act helping VA boost protections for Veterans can be found on this link https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5415
Update on COVID-19 confirmed Veteran inpatients or outpatients can be found at this link https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=Coronavirus. Approximately seventy-two percent of Veterans who are positive for COVID-19 are quarantined at home.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2020
Karen Brazell to perform duties of Assistant Secretary for VA Office of Enterprise Integration
WASHINGTON – Under the direction of President Trump, April 7, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie named, U.S. Army Veteran, Karen Brazell to perform the Duties of Assistant Secretary for VA’s Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI).
“Karen is an excellent choice to lead OEI, which is charged with integrating the operations,” said Wilkie. “OEI played a critical role in the successful rollout of the MISSION Act and countless other efforts aimed at helping Veterans, and Veterans will continue to benefit under her leadership.”
Since 2018, Brazell served as VA’s principal executive director and chief acquisition officer and has played an important role in ensuring adequate supplies to VA Medical Centers and clinics around the country during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Before coming to VA, Brazell was chief of staff to the White House Military Office, where she oversaw strategic planning, communications and policy development among other issues.
She also served as deputy director of the Acquisition and Resource Integration at Naval Facilities Command in Washington, D.C.
In this role, Brazell will lead the excellent work OEI has done to integrate the operations of one of the largest federal departments to ensure improved outcomes for both Veterans and VA employees.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2020
VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange campus, to assist COVID-19 response
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened 20 beds (15 acute care and 5 intensive care) at its East Orange, NJ Medical Center, April 1, to non-Veteran, critical and non-critical COVID-19 patients to help assist the Northern New Jersey region in its COVID-19 response efforts.
The transfer of non-Veteran, critical and non-critical COVID-19 patients from the community to the VA New Jersey Health Care System will begin immediately.
VA’s decision comes in response to a request the department received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of New Jersey. VA’s decision was made after determining this action would not negatively impact Veteran care.
“VA is proud to assist the state of New Jersey in the fight against this pandemic while continuing its primary mission of caring for our nation’s Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
States may request assistance from the federal government through their local Department of Health and Human Services’ regional emergency coordinator or REC as part of FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. Counties, cities and other municipalities should route all requests for federal support through their respective states.
VA recently released its COVID-19 response guide to the public for other medical systems to review and learn from and is working closely with FEMA and other federal agencies as part of the nation’s response.
VA continues to encourage Veterans, staff members, and their families to take everyday precautions to protect against respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19, the flu and the common cold, and to follow the guidance of their local and state healthcare and emergency management officials.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2020
VA expands virtual services to support Veterans
amid regional office closures due to COVID-19 pandemic
WASHINGTON – Veterans continue to receive benefits and services after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) temporarily closed its 56 regional offices to the public, March 19, in response to COVID-19.
“The decision to close our offices to the general public, is part of the VA’s effort to limit exposure to vulnerable populations like our older Veterans and those with underlying medical conditions, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA is expanding existing technologies to remain accessible to Veterans, service members and their families.”
Many in-person services are already available via the phone or online through virtual options like VA Video Connect. VBA has and continues to adjust to ensure the safety and well-being of its clients and staff. The changes include:
Effective March 30, VA will discontinue VA benefit briefings and services on military installations for transitioning service members and their families through the interagency Transition Assistance Program (TAP) until further notice. However, VA will provide virtual briefings and individualized counseling for transitioning service members where possible. Service members who have not received these briefings, as required by TAP, may access the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) platform and register for “TGPS-US006: VA Benefits and Services.”
Veterans with specific questions can call 1-800-827-1000 or go www.ebenefits.va.gov for additional details. Veterans can continue to get information about benefits, file a claim online or can call for claim-specific questions.
Visit VA’s website for information and updates regarding VA’s response to COVID-19.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2020
VA deploys Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during COVID-19 outbreak
WASHINGTON --- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first of the mobile units was dispatched to various cities to include boroughs in New York City, a second unit was sent to San Francisco, followed by mobile centers going to New Orleans and Los Angeles.
VA’s Mobile Vet Centers can also refer active duty service members, Veterans and their families to VA care or other care facilities in the community. They serve as an extension of VA’s 300 brick-and-mortar Vet Centers across the country that provide a range of services, including individual, group, marriage and family counseling.
These mobile units help VA reach those who may not otherwise seek VA services for counseling and mental health support. Vet Center staff can assist those who may be facing extreme isolation during this period of “social distancing”—a practice that is needed to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate—but one that may likewise increase the vulnerability of some Veterans.
“While all Americans are being instructed to limit their contact with others, our duty to protect the nation’s Veterans has not ended,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Our Vet Center staff will help ensure we keep in contact with those Veterans who need our care and attention and help reduce the anxiety some may be experiencing during this unique national emergency.”
VA Mobile Vet Centers are available to help affected communities now and in the upcoming weeks. Vet Center employees, who volunteer for these missions, deploy in the wake of emergency response situations such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, shootings and other events. When engaging the public, VA employee volunteers are provided the necessary protections to keep them and those they help remain safe.
“In times like this it’s important to stand shoulder to shoulder with our local communities, support their local needs and ensure them they are not alone in navigating this crisis,” said Brooklyn Vet Center Director Gabe Botero, who volunteered for five days in New York City.
Veterans, active duty service members and their families are encouraged to find their nearest Vet Center and call to get connected to counseling services or reach out to the 24/7 Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-927-8387. Many Vet Centers are currently utilizing telehealth services through VA Video Connect and can also speak to individuals via phone to reduce any barriers to seeking necessary help.
Virtual Lunch and Learn SeriesCohen Veterans Network Resources for Mental HealthCohen Veterans Network (CVN) is a system of outpatient mental health clinics throughout the country for post-9/11 Veterans, their families, and active-duty military families. This presentation will focus on the type of care CVN provides as well as additional resources CVN is developing during this difficult time.
Upcoming April sessions include caregiver resources, ministerial guidance, benefits, appeals, and telehealth. Contact:
The doctor can see you now ... on your computer or mobile device. With VA Video Connect, use your phone, computer or tablet to communicate with your VA provider over a secure video connection.
Coronavirus can spread not only illness, but stress and anxiety, too. If you’re feeling uncertain or fearful, see these practical steps you can take to improve your well-being.
A big “thanks” to our #VA volunteers on the ground who are helping as VA joins other U.S. government agencies in a coordinated response to coronavirus. For the latest updates, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus/.