Coronavirus Resources for Veterans
The Coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis, and it’s already wreaking havoc on the day-to-day lives of our veterans. The news is scary, and a lot of folks have more questions than answers. Here are some resources that I help you as we all figure out what comes next. If you have any questions or need help - please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office: 202-225-4540 or Harder.House.Gov.
Since this situation is evolving rapidly, veterans should check the VA’s website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus.
I’M A VETERAN AND I THINK I MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Before visiting local VA medical facilities, community providers, urgent care centers, or emergency departments in their communities, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath—are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate your symptoms and direct you to the most appropriate provider for further evaluation and treatment. This may include referral to state or local health departments for COVID-19 testing.
WHAT IF I HAD AN APPOINTMENT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED?
The VA is encouraging all veterans to call their VA facility before seeking any care—even previously scheduled medical visits, mental health appointments, or surgical procedures.
CAN I VISIT A VA NURSING HOME?
As of now, all VA nursing homes and spinal cord injury and disorder centers are closed to outside visitors. Exceptions to the visitor policy will only be made for cases when veterans are in their last stages of life on hospice units or inpatient spinal cord injury units. All clinical staff will be screened for COVID-19 daily before entering the nursing home or spinal cord injury units, and staff will work only within those units to limit possible transmission of the virus.
To contact the Modesto VA Clinic you can call: 209-557-6200 and to contact the Palo Alto VA you can call: 650-493-5000
I know this is a trying time. If there’s anything you need please reach out to my office at Harder.House.Gov or 202-225-4540.