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.