Coronavirus | Getting Access to Your Veterans Benefits During a Pandemic

COVID 19 Veteran Benefits

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is asking that you

“call your VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients. Ask your VA health care team about the option of care by phone or video instead of an in-person visit. We also ask that visitors who feel unwell postpone their visits to VA facilities.”

– va.gov

The VA has enacted an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans in the face of this emerging pandemic. They are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

The VA has administered over 100 COVID-19 tests nationwide. Contact your local office to get tested at: https://www.va.gov/find-locations/

We at VRN NOW will be here to help keep you informed of updates to the VA benefit network as this outbreak continues. Stay safe friends.

Whole Health Approach Helps Vets Reach Their Health Care Goals

Read these inspiring testimonials from veterans whose lives have improved through the VA’s Whole Health approach to patient care. To learn more about Whole Health, visit these web sites:

https://www.va.gov/PATIENTCENTEREDCARE/resources/components-of-proactive-health.asp
https://www.va.gov/patientcenteredcare/explore/about-whole-health.asp
http://www.wellvets.com/

“My grandchildren are one of the most important things in my life. I have been having trouble driving to pick them up because the limited mobility in my neck and back keeps me from being able to look over my shoulders while driving. After just a few weeks of attending yoga and practicing at home, I am pleased to say that I notice a big difference in my ability to look comfortably over my shoulder while driving.”

“I have been coming to yoga at the VA regularly for a few months now and for the first time in a few years, I was able to reach up over my head and change a light bulb and do some work. I like to fix and work on things and can tell a difference in my ability to do those things that I enjoy since adding yoga/regular physical activity into my daily life.”

“I have recently been attending yoga and the relaxation/guided meditation classes at the VA. I feel so much more relaxed and peaceful after attending class. I have had a lot of trouble sleeping for a year, and especially after the guided meditation class, I feel so refreshed and feel better able to rest in the evenings too.”

Uncle Lee’s Legacy Preserved

When my Uncle Lee passed there were only a handful of us left to honor him – but the people at Jefferson Barracks treated him like a 4-star general.  He’s gone, but I’m grateful and comforted by the legacy they helped preserve – and I get a sense of that honor and dignity every time I visit his grave.  Thanks much!