From the NJ Assembly Republicans:
Seeking VA treatment and benefits
Individuals seeking treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can check the current operating status of a facility online. Those with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should contact the facility before visiting or can send their doctor a secure message through My HealtheVet.
The VA/Newark RO has suspended all face-to-face claims clinics. However, “telephonic claims clinics” are by appointment on select days. Individuals can contact Jennifer Myers at 973-297-3384 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A question and answer page is maintained by the VA to address common questions, including how upcoming health appointments and benefit payments are impacted.
Seeking veterans memorial home status
Daily updates are provided on the COVID-19 impact on veterans memorial homes, DMAVA, and the NJ National Guard. This includes the number of impacted individuals by location. The updates are available online.
Seeking support for a veteran in crisis
The national Veterans Crisis Line is available by calling 800-273-8255 (press 1), texting 838255, or chatting at VeteransCrisisLine.Net/Chat.
Veterans Haven North and Veterans Haven South are accepting new registrants after screening for COVID-19 and TB. Individuals can contact Jennifer Chrucky at 908-537-1980 for the north and Sherraya Scott at 609-561-0269 for the south.
Seeking assistance with filing claims
The regional Veterans Services Offices (VSO) are closed for walk-in services, but assistance is available virtually. VSOs can help with employment, burials, counseling, and social/medical services, among others. Individuals can contact their local VSO for more information.
Veterans Benefits personnel are available through email at VBB@dmava.nj.gov or by telephone at 888-865-8387.
Seeking support, guidance, and resources
New Jersey’s Vet2Vet program provides 24-hour support to NJ National Guard members, active military personnel, veterans, their families, and caregivers. Guidance can be provided on a variety of concerns, including jobs, financial/legal issues, health, and homelessness. Individuals can call 866-VETS-NJ4 (866-838-7654) or contact them on their website at www.njvet2vet.com.
Seeking business assistance
Veteran-owned small businesses can receive support through the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program, which can be used to cover payroll, rent, and other costs.
The CARES Act also provides a number of individual protections, including delayed foreclosure for VA-backed mortgages, exempting some benefits from being counted as income, and allowing enrollment in the Veteran Directed Care Program by telephone or telehealth.
Seeking information for caregivers
Hidden Heroes, part of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has compiled a list of resources for military family members and caregivers during COVID-19, including tips, training, and lessons learned.
Seeking other services and assistance
The NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is maintaining a list of resources online. This includes upcoming webinars to provide additional support, which range from health and benefits by the VA to resume workshops by the American Legion.
Various non-profits are offering COVID-19 support for veterans so individuals should explore local options as well. For example, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson and the Archdiocese of Newark can help with rental assistance, utility payments, and transportation costs, among other areas. They can be contacted at 855-767-8387.