There’s a new housing assistance website for Americans who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Department of Veterans Affairs teamed up with several other agencies to launch the website to ensure that veterans and service members with a VA home loan and other homeowners with federally backed mortgages have relief options if they have been financially impacted by COVID-19. VA is continuing to provide home loan services to those who have earned those benefits during the pandemic. The agency is working with lenders, servicers, and appraisers on temporary measures to assist in processing and servicing VA home loans.
Facing growing criticism, the Department of Veterans Affairs said that it will not halt use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19 but that fewer of its patients are now taking it. In responses provided to Congress, the VA said it never “encouraged or discouraged” its government-run hospitals to use hydroxychloroquine on patients even as President Donald Trump heavily promoted the drug for months without scientific evidence of its effectiveness.
Veterans advocates still are waiting for a report by a White House task force established last year that was charged with developing a national roadmap to boost mental health care and stem persistently high suicide numbers among veterans, who have been hard hit in the pandemic.
There’s some good news in the quest for a coronavirus vaccine: The biotech company Moderna says volunteers who got its Covid-19 vaccine had positive early results.
Trial participants developed neutralizing antibodies to the virus that sometimes surpassed levels seen in people who’ve naturally recovered from Covid-19. Neutralizing antibodies bind to the virus, disabling it from attacking human cells. But it’s still not clear whether natural infection confers immunity to reinfection, and so it’s also not clear whether vaccination confers immunity.
The trial was very small, and the results haven’t been peer-reviewed, but Moderna’s chief medical officer says if future studies go well, the vaccine could be available to the public as early as January.
Nationally, as of May 19, 2020, VA is tracking the following Veteran patients with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a rapidly evolving situation and VA will provide updated information as it becomes available and verified.
If you don’t have emergent medical needs, our recommendation, stay out of medical facilities. VA wants to ‘pause’ the Mission Act for 90 days to slow or limit non-urgent medical referrals to community care providers to prevent further risk of infection.
As you can see the Coronavirus is growing exponentially as are deaths. Please stay safe. Also, social distancing does not mean social isolation. Please reach out to your fellow vets via facetime or phone calls. Calls to the VA crisis line are up during this difficult and stressful time.
Let’s all be part of the solution here.
The Veterans Crisis Line is open. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide daily updates and monitor the situation specific to veterans.
Register for COVID-19: Emerging Considerations Regarding the Care for Women Veterans for Clinicians and Researchers, a cyberseminar presenting information for clinicians and researchers about the current (and evolving) state of knowledge on a mix of topics relevant to care for women Veterans in the COVID-19 era. Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST.
With its members’ safety and well-being in mind, AMVETS (American Veterans) canceled its annual meeting over public-health concerns, ongoing restrictions and uncertainties related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“I just don’t want them to oversell telemedicine. We had it before when veteran suicide became an issue, and it wasn’t a fix.”
‘Whether it means placing a call, connecting through social media, or providing moral and financial support to a veteran who is struggling, it is our collective responsibility to figure out how to mitigate the risk, even as we face the shared battle against a pandemic. Many of these veterans would not face those personal battles, about which many of us know nothing, but for their willingness to fight the battles we did not fight ourselves.’Sherman Gillums Jr., Chief Advocacy Officer, AMVETS
“This good move to begin assisting non-filers but should not be considered the complete fix. There will still be wounded, injured and ill #veterans left out even though they qualify. That is simply not acceptable.”Stars & Stripes
On Saturday, AMVETS Post 44 in (Struthers, OH) pitched in with a food giveaway to local veterans impacted by the Coronavirus.WFMJ
On today’s American Veterans Podcast, we discuss the conversation around service member haircut regulations and our concerns regarding non-tax-filing veterans and stimulus checks. We also include a soundbite regarding Rolling To Remember updates, which include the introduction of the Rolling To Remember Challenge.
In hopes of restocking its blood inventory, the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive, sponsored by AMVETS Richard A. Pittman Post #1947 (Stockton, CA), Saturday with all proceeds going to hospitals for COVID-19 relief.Recordnet.com
The post is preparing meals for any veteran in need along with their spouse, or a widow or widower of a veteran, regardless of whether they’re AMVETS members.The Courier
For 32 years every Memorial Day, action has been taken to raise awareness for the critical issues facing our nation’s veterans. In 2020, we will continue the tradition through the Rolling to Remember Challenge.AMVETS National Headquarters
“I am deeply moved by the demonstrations of courage and commitment among clinicians we are seeing at VA medical centers across the nation, as well as those veterans who are stepping up to serve in uniform once again to answer the nation’s call. In Iraq and Afghanistan, I had served alongside many of these men and women as running toward the sound of danger to heal the fallen became our routine. For that reason, it is no surprise to see them volunteer without hesitation. It makes me proud to be a veteran, a nurse, and an American.”Cherissa Jackson, Chief Medical Executive, AMVETS
‘There will be ample time for criticism and hindsight reflections on what they could have done better. But it is those in the arena today, who are doing what few of us are being asked to do and deserve our silence to the extent it does not save lives.”
Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.
Upon arriving at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms before they enter in order to protect other patients and staff. A VA health care professional will assist you with next steps once this screening process is complete.
At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities.
CONTACT THE HEAL PROGRAM: VETERANS CRISIS LINE
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