Re-Opening Strategy: What Phase Is Your VSO In?
June 5th 3:30p EDT
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Being a national organization, NAVSO has the privilege of seeing
a broad view of the country's veteran-serving landscape.
Many of our nonprofit members have stated they are in
various phases of reopening while others are still operating
under orders to work from home.
So join in on the conversation!
How many phases have you planned?
What protocols have you put in place?
What's your local market situation?
How are the veterans you serve feeling about meeting face to face?
Share your re-opening experience (or lack thereof) on Friday, June 5th at 3:30p EDT.
***Open to any VSO, not just NAVSO members. Invite your friends***
In response to COVID-19, NAVSO is cutting both initial membership and membership renewal prices across the board. Join here.
Organizations are encouraged to contact us individually to discuss concerns in membership.
VA - May virtual events:
- Post a photograph or video on your social media channels of what you are doing to take care of your emotional well-being using #MoreThanEverBefore LEARN MORE
- May 14, 1 p.m. ET - Lunch N Learn: National Cemetery Administration Veterans Legacy Memorial, VA Telehealth, and The Independence Fund JOIN
- May 14, 3 p.m. ET – COVID-19 Military Support Initiative by the Association of Defense Communities and Blue Star Families with Veterans Benefits Administration, Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion, and VFW REGISTER
- May 20, 3 p.m. ET - Survivors Together: Live Q&A Chat on RallyPoint with Office of Survivor Assistance, National Cemetery Administration, and Community Partners (TAPS, AAFMAA, WWP, Travis Manion Foundation, Gold Star Mothers) ASK A QUESTION
- May 28, 1 p.m. ET - Lunch N Learn: Memorial Affairs Overview and Spiritual Resilience (VA Chaplain Service) JOIN
- May 28, 2 p.m. ET - Promoting Veteran Mental Health with VA, Boulder Crest Institute, and Cohen Veterans Network JOIN Audio: 1-800-767-1750, access code 52655
- Veterans Affairs
- Center for Disease Control
- Red Cross
- DOD - Coronavirus Rumor Control
- Elizabeth Dole Foundation
- Administration for Community Living
Two NAVSO members teamed up in a partnership to launch the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI). This established a clearinghouse for vetted, official information both to and from military and veteran families about benefits, as well as evolutions in the pandemic’s progress and our fight to stop it. Virtual Town Hall events focus on the key issues impacting our military, defense communities and military families during the crisis. Check their page to look at future events here.
MEMBERS TAKING ACTION
How has COVID-19 impacted your organization? Over the past several weeks, our friends at the Code of Support Foundation (COSF) have seen a 176% increase in applications for their Case Coordination program, and an additional 6,000 users register for their PATRIOTlink platform. Trending needs are financial support related to unemployment (i.e. rent, utilities, car payments, food), mental health/wellness as well as goods and services.
We know that many of our member organizations have also seen an increase in need for their services in the midst of this crisis. COSF encourages their fellow NAVSO members - and those they serve - to sign up for a free account on PATRIOTlink. The platform is populated with thousands of vetted programs, and allows users to perform targeted searches based on need, eligibility criteria (i.e. era of service, disability rating, discharge status) and geographic location. With PATRIOTlink, organizations can quickly find and connect their constituents with the support they need.
United Through Reading connects military families through the power of shared storytime. For 30 years they have video recorded service members reading books to children in their lives to read along with during times of separation. Their new app is a fun, free, and secure way to stay connected through the read aloud experience, particularly in these difficult times. Servicemembers, veterans, and retirees download the App (through the Apple App Store or Google Play), record a story, and then head to our site to get another book to record, and send to family. They can learn more at http://bit.ly/UTR-app
The Military Child Education Coalition has a growing number of free electronic resources to support military families including Navigating Change, a new virtual learning series for novice and experienced educators. The series is designed for all educators, including those who have suddenly entered the unfamiliar waters of home instruction. https://www.militarychild.org/covid19 We urge you to share this resource and the other electronic resources available at www.militarychild.org. MCEC is adding new educational opportunities daily for military parents and children.
Travis Manion Foundation has moved its Character Education programming online. Each weekday on Facebook Live at 1 pm EST/ 10 am PST for a lesson on character from one of TMF's trained, vetted, and inspiring Veteran or Survivor Mentors. Perfect for students. The program officially kicks off Monday 3/23 with Navy Veteran, Jimmy White IV. Click here to join in.
TAPS launched a special website for COVID-19 with more information about resources. https://www.taps.org/covid They also have TAPS Daily which is your source for some of the latest news, resources, and thought pieces from across the military and veteran community during the COVID-19 response. Bookmark this page https://www.taps.org/covid/taps-daily
TAPS is hosting TAPS Talks on various subjects like coping, healing, grieving, gratitude, etc. from 2:00-3:00pm EST. Click here to see their upcoming events. All of the past events can be accessed here.
Merging Vets and Players “MVP” presses on by adapting its program to a virtual setting that allows its members to remain connected. We’re maintaining our weekly two-hour program with chapters running at their usual times virtually. MVP has rallied together to show the world that we don’t have to isolate and decided to come up with a better term for “social distancing” and that’s “physical distancing” while staying “socially connected.” MVP trainers lead members through a workout where they can get that burn going in the comfort of their own home safely followed by The Huddle, where members sit down to embrace vulnerability and empower one another as teammates. If you’re a combat veteran or former professional athlete, this is the team for you, we understand the transition and we’re here to let you know that we have your back, visit www.vetsandplayers.org to learn more and sign up.
During this COVID-19 crisis, Hope For The Warriors has not wavered in serving military families. Hope for the Warriors already had a robust menu of virtual services and a telehealth platform in place for nearly a decade. Those virtual services support the mental, physical and economic challenges of our country’s warrior community. Veterans & their families are invited to participate in the following active programs; Resilient Warrior & Resilient Family, Caregiver HUB, Physical Wellness and Training, and Warrior’s Compass. HOPE shines in providing individualized care that promotes the overall well-being of the person, the family, and the military community. It starts with a virtual intake application for services on found here and HOPE shines in providing individualized care that promotes the overall well-being of the person, the family and the military community. It starts with a virtual intake application for services found here which is quickly followed by a phone call from a trained HOPE team member who assesses the individual’s needs.
COMMUNITY ADVOCACY / VOLUNTEERING
In this time of uncertainty, Combined Arms is uniting the veteran community in Houston to combat the spread of COVID-19 through local community advocacy and accountability. They are activating the veterans in the community and to take on the role of “Neighborhood Leader”. As the point person for their street, neighborhood, or apartment complex, they can safely be the contact for COVID-19 relevant communication, health and hygiene advocacy, and neighbor accountability. For a video explaining this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAgeDc15G8
America's Warrior Partnership (AWP) strengthens local communities. Mission Roll call empowers the veteran voice within our communities. Right now, Mission Roll has a current outlet for veterans, military families, and caregivers to communicate these needs during this time is through the Mission Roll Call poll. AWP & Mission Roll is seeking organizations to ask their veterans how and when they prefer to be contacted. Take the poll here: https://lp.missionrollcall.org/covid19-help/
U.S.VETS remains open to serve our nation’s veterans. Their mission is to continue providing critically-needed housing, meals, counseling, employment and supportive services – while minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on those we serve. As so much changes around us, one thing remains the same: every single night, more than 5,500 veterans and families across America rely on U.S.VETS for a safe place to call home.
Across our residential sites, we are adhering to evolving CDC, VA, and health department directives, including protective measures around hand hygiene, symptoms screening, increased cleaning of our facilities, adjusted meal service and living arrangements in interim housing, and social distancing. Our staff has shifted to Essential Duty Teams, to provide support for employees, while maintaining critical services, such as 24/7 residential assistance, daily meals, case management, transportation to necessary care and services, and therapeutic support.
The veterans we serve demonstrate how to adapt and persevere in times of adversity. Our clients teach us resilience in combating challenges. We continue our mission to serve on their behalf. Learn more: https://www.usvetsinc.org/programs-services/
Continuing to serve the needs of their community, Interfaith Community Services remains operational. More than 500 people sleep in an Interfaith bed each night. Additional safety precautions have been set in place as Interfaith continues to remain operational serving their residential program remaining committed to the most vulnerable among us during our current health crisis. Find out where Interfaith Community Services operates here.
Homeward Bound of Marin serves shelter, housing & meal services out of Marin County, California. During this time, services continue in shelter & housing programs which requires essential staffing taking all precautionary measures. They continue to operate shelters and housing programs as essential community services, providing support to everyone who will need to “shelter in place” with Homeward Bound. Serving the needs of their community who have no place of their own, they are the refuge and place of safe sanctuary for many vulnerable homeless families and adults. Serving physical needs in addition to the critical role of communicating clear information and best practices to those they serve. Learn more about their current operations here.
Foundation for Women Warriors is a 501(c3) nonprofit organization honoring the service and empowering the future of women veterans. FFWW programs help women veterans successfully transition from military careers to civilian life. The only organization of its kind in the country, FFWW assists more than 1,100 women and children each year with life-changing services including emergency financial assistance, childcare assistance and women focused professional development, to enhance personal and fiscal wellbeing. To learn more visit: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/
Foundation for Women Warriors is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our warriors, families, supporters and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and always. Information on our weekly educational webinars and local resources are available at: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/resources/
Launched INDEPENDENCE@HOME their newest program to meet the emergent needs of catastrophically wounded, injured, and ill Veterans and Caregivers. The program offers financial assistance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for “urgent and unexpected needs.” Assistance will be provided for mortgage/rent, utilities, childcare, transportation services, home WIFI services, household cleaning and upkeep, grocery and medical product delivery, and streaming services for work and learning.
The Gary Sinise Foundation announced proactive measures early in the global pandemic. They opened up their First Responder Grant Program designed to prevent spread of disease through the purchase of personal protective equipment. Since opening the grant application, Gary Sinise Foundation has provided 3,221 pieces of personal protective equipment to 31 first responder departments around the country. Their heroes are on the front lines combating the spread of the coronavirus in communities from coast to coast. Learn more about their other COVID-19 resources, such as financial assistance to those military, active duty and veteran members directly affected by COVID-19 here.
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30 March 2020 - VA deploys Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during COVID-19 outbreak. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans, active duty service members and their families are encouraged to find their nearest Vet Center and call to get connected to counseling services or reach out to the 24/7 Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-927-8387. Many Vet Centers are currently utilizing telehealth services through VA Video Connect and can also speak to individuals via phone to reduce any barriers to seeking necessary help.
30 March 2020 - Please Share! The VA is now being called upon to execute on our 4th mission, backstopping the US health care system, while at the same time caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens in record numbers and supporting FEMA operations as a key cohort of our workforce is being activated by the National Guard.
The VA is currently hiring 5,000 additional medical staff in the positions listed below. We would be grateful for your help in amplifying this message. In addition to physicians and nurses, active or retired, you may know colleagues/friends/relatives who trained as medics or corpsman in the military or who are licensed EMTS and may want to help serve their country even on a temporary basis. We at the VA would welcome their contributions.
Nurse Practitioner: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563752700 Registered Nurse: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563752000
Nursing Assistant: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563843200 Physician Assistant: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563878400
21 March 2020 - Veterans’ GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
20 March 2020 - As of today, National Cemetery Association will only conduct committal services for groups of 10 or fewer people. As of Monday, March 23, Committal Services (including honors) will not be conducted until further notice. Both of these announcements, especially the latter, will impact Military Honors. Additionally volunteer honors are discontinued (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc). http://www.nca.va.gov
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