A message from DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess
As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and rapidly change, I want to provide you a quick update on how the coronavirus is impacting America’s veterans as we continue our vitally important work through DAV.
Currently, DAV is continuing to provide critical services to our nation’s veterans. However, to reduce the chances of transmission of COVID-19, all DAV service offices are closed to the public until further notice, including our transition service offices on DoD installations.
You should know that DAV is doing everything possible to maintain its full range of operations and service it provides to America’s heroes. We encourage you to visit benefits-questions-dot-org to contact your local office. Please share this with veterans you know who may need the help in these uncertain times.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization continue to recommend social distancing as one of the most effective means of limiting transmission. Based on this guidance, DAV will continue operations with most of our employees at both national headquarters working remotely while maintaining minimal essential employees onsite.
The ongoing pandemic is also impacting VA’s operations. It is absolutely vital that, for the time being, you contact your local VA medical center before going to any VA facility. That includes clinics, urgent care, and emergency rooms, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Calling ahead allows VA employees to provide you with the latest information, and to protect medical staff, your fellow veteran patients, and yourself.
Additionally, VA is encouraging patients to receive care by phone or video, instead of an in-person visit.
If you do travel to a VA medical center, you should arrive at least 45-minutes early. This will allow VA employees to adequately screen all patients for flu-like symptoms before entering. Such steps are vital in containing the coronavirus, and to protect more at-risk populations.
If you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19, you are encouraged to postpone your visits. According to the VA, Military retirees covered under TRICARE and veterans using VA care can receive a free test for COVID-19
If you believe you may have COVID-19, you can find next steps on getting tested by downloading VA’s telehealth app, or by calling VA’s nurse advice line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (202) 745-8000, or by calling your local VA medical center
Veterans benefits and services, including payments provided to veterans, families and survivors, will continue throughout the ongoing pandemic.
It is impossible to forecast every conceivable consequence of this global pandemic. It is constantly evolving. Please stay tuned to dav.org/covid/ and our social networks for more information about our charity’s reaction as it becomes available. As I mentioned before, you can also refer veterans to benefitsquestions.org to digitally reach out to our benefits advocates.
We’ve updated davjobfairs.org to accommodate our new virtual career fair schedule. We had an extremely successful virtual fair this week and the need for this program is likely to grow depending on the growing economic crisis we face.
Our prayers go out to all of you who have been or will be impacted by this disease. These are extremely trying times. Not only are veterans more vulnerable on the whole than their fellow American who didn’t serve, they are in many cases more susceptible to the struggles that come with a weakened economy.
This is going to be a very tough year for DAV. We may be asking for your help in the near future so we can ensure that we’re able to continue to provide the lifeline our nation’s heroes and their families will need in the months ahead.
Please share this message with veterans you know and stay tuned to dav.org/covid for updated information on the impact of the pandemic and our response.
God bless all of you and please, stay safe.