Below you will find a summary of some of the resources and information provided by the Office of Virginia Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs.
Office of Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs:
Conducted a combined in-person and virtual meeting of the Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC) at the Virginia War Memorial on July 16, 2020.
Coordinated the request for Virginia National Guard to receive an extension of Title-32 status for COVID19 pandemic response beyond August 21. President Trump signed presidential Memorandum-12 (PM-12) on August 3. However, Virginia and 47 other states will now assume a 25%-to-75% state-federal cost share for operations from August 22-December 31, 2020.
Virginia Department of Military Affairs:
Concluded the deployment of the 34th CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P) teams across the Commonwealth to support expanded COVID testing and point prevalence operations, PPE and decontamination coaching. Fulfilled mission assignments requested through emergency management process, to include logistics support, planning, mobile testing assistance and medical planning
- 105,904 COVID-19 test samples collected at 425 testing events
- 87,247 test samples transported to multiple lab locations
- 3,590 N95/PPE fittings
- 1,249,448 pounds of food distributed
- 50,919 hours of planning conducted in support of VDEM
*All numbers are cumulative as of July 30, 2020
Coordinating with VDEM and VDH to determine requirements for further COVID-19 pandemic response.
Deployed approximately 80 personnel and 30 vehicles within 24 hours across Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore, and Northern Neck in response to Governor’s declaration of emergency for Tropical Storm Isaias. Operations concluded on August 4, 2020
Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS):
Reopening of DVS offices and other facilities for in-person services began June 22, 2020 (Veteran’s Cemeteries) and June 29, 2020 (Benefits Offices, VVFS program locations, and the interior of the Virginia War Memorial). In person office visits are by appointment only
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING RESOURCES:
- Virginia Department of Veterans Services: State Website: “Virginia Veterans & Family Support Program”: 1-877-285-1299
- Military One Source: Non-Medical Counseling Resources:
- Telehealth Opportunities with the Veterans Health Administration:
- Overview of Telehealth Process for eligible Veterans
- VA Video Connect
- All VA Health Apps
- To learn more, call the VA’s 311 Information at 1-844-698-2311
For a list of all health & safety measures taken by the Commonwealth and a comprehensive list of state resources, please visit Virginia’s COVID-19 information page here; For a list of FAQs for those who are seeking information for unemployment benefits, click here or call 1-866-832-2363.
Office of the Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs:
State Website: https://www.vada.virginia.gov/
In addition to the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans and their families can access state and local behavioral health services in their community — including same-day crisis services.
To start, contact the local Community Services Board to find out how they can serve you.