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​COVID-19: Resources for Veteran-Serving Collaboratives

During this national health crisis, your collaborative’s role in the local community is more important than ever. Veterans will turn to you for information and solutions, although the amount of content out there regarding COVID-19 can be overwhelming. At NVI, we’re continuously sifting through articles and resources, and curating the most scientifically-defensible, relevant, and helpful items to share with you here. Bookmark this page as a resource library, and check back for updates.

Share general information and resources

  • When seeking and sharing information about a health crisis, use trusted sources. Two sources to bookmark are the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control coronavirus pages, which are regularly updated with the status of the outbreak. 
  • Regardless of veteran status, people who are unsure where to turn for basic needs like food, shelter, and healthcare can still call 2-1-1 to be connected with resources.
  • An important update from the IRS and Treasury for veterans not required to file tax returns: "The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced today that recipients of VA benefits will automatically receive automatic Economic Impact Payments. [Read more...]To receive an additional $500 as part of their automatic, veterans have a limited time to complete the non-filer information form on the IRS website.

Help veterans stay connected to work and learn

Familiarize yourself with the pledge that broadband companies have made to the FCC to ensure Americans aren’t disconnected when they need information and communication the most. Check out Comcast’s affordable internet offering for low-income households; “Internet Essentials” is free for the first 60 days.

Education

  • On March 21st, President Trump signed S.3503 into law - "A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to treat certain programs of education converted to distance learning by reason of emergencies and health-related situations in the same manner as programs of education pursued at educational institutions, and for other purposes." The bill was introduced and passed in the Senate on March 16th and passed the house on March 19th.
  • Veterans with children affected by school closures will find useful resources for home-based learning in this extensive list offered by UNESCO.

Employment

Stay informed about veteran health

Help your team collaborate remotely

Lead your community through a stressful time

As a leader in your organization and community, you have the added pressure of not just responding to COVID-19, but leading your team through a collective response.

Updated: 4/22/20 9:00 PM EDT.

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