In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many veterans have been asking questions about what the VA and its medical facilities are doing to protect and care for veterans during this outbreak. Below please find a link to resources that can answer any questions you may have. During this time of crisis, those who served our country must be taken care of.
• Department of VA Resources
If you receive veterans disability compensation, a pension, survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or your income level does not require you to file a tax return, then you need to submit information to the IRS to receive an Economic Impact Payment. More information and directions are available by clicking the link below:
ANN ARBOR VA: For Veterans in these affected areas who have questions about routine medical care, please contact 734-845-5290 press 2. For those needing pharmacy refills, please call 866-316-9350 Ext. 1. For those needing to speak to a medical provider, please call 734-769-7100.
DETROIT VA: Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call 313-576-1500 before you visit your local medical center or clinic to get answers on medical questions/concerns or prescription inquiries.
In addition to local VAs, veteran service organizations are here to help you during this time.
• American Legion, Department of Michigan
• Disabled Veterans Michigan
• Veterans of Foreign Wars, Michigan
The impact COVID-19 on daily routines may cause unanticipated stress on some veterans in crisis. In this time of social distancing, it is important to keep reaching out to those in need of someone to talk to.
For veterans in crisis, help is available by:
• Calling the Veteran Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and pressing 1
• Visiting VeteransCrisisLine.Net/Chat
• Texting 838255
Additionally, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced college campuses to close for the year. Congress is working to make sure no student veteran loses their work study payments, has their housing cut off, or exhausts their disaster housing stipend continuation payments. Click here to learn more. We will provide updates as we learn more on this.
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