I am a veteran or veteran caregiver/family member.Our veterans have made immense sacrifices to serve our country and keep our communities safe. As COVID-19 alters the daily life of every Stocktonian, we want to make sure veterans have access to the resources they need to stay safe, thrive, and live with honor. From mental health resources to information on what the VA is doing to support veterans, we have updates below.
If you are experiencing cough, fever, shortness of breath:
- Veterans with symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility.
- VA urges Veterans to contact VA before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.
- Alternatively, Veterans can sign into My HealtheVet to send secure messages to their VA providers or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis.
- Read responses to Veterans’ frequently asked questions about accessing their VA benefits.
The VA’s resources for veterans:
- General updates and resources from the VA on COVID-19 live here
- The VHA COVID-19 response plan outlines the actions the VA is taking to protect patients and staff – by leveraging communications, technology, and dedicating staff and care for COVID-19 for patients.
- Clinical screening at VA health care facilities
- Protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units
Resources for Military Caregivers and Families:
- Tips for Military and Veteran Caregivers
- 10 Things You Need to Know About COVID-19
- Lessons from Military Caregivers Amid Coronavirus
- Information for military families seeking financial aid
Mental Health Resources for Veterans
- VA Mental Health Services
- Veterans Suicide Prevention Line: (800)273-8255 or send a text message to 838255 to talk to a VA responder.
San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources
Access the new Supervisorial District Fund
Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.
Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars:
If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua, email@example.com
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, email@example.com
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, email@example.com
If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.
Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments
The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.
Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?
If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,
UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,
- You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.
If you are looking for a new job now,
- Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is hiring. Take a look at their open positions here.
- Dollar Tree, a Stockton Chamber of Commerce member, is hiring nationwide at their stores and distribution centers.
- Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
- Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
- San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
- CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,
DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,
PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.
If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance,
You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.
You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.
If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,
CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators.
If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business,
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19.
Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?
For consistent updates, please visit covid19.ca.gov.
- Dine-in restaurants
- Bars and nightclubs
- Entertainment venues
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Public events and gatherings
- Convention Centers
- Hair and nail salons
- Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
- Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
- Shopping malls
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
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