Below you will find a summary of some of the resources and information provided by the Office of Virginia Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs.

Click here for a full overview of support efforts and link to resources for Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and military families. 

Office of Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs:

Virginia Department of Military Affairs:

  • Deployed 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:
    • 29,042 point prevalence testing samples conducted across 74 locations
    • 4,876 Community-based test samples collected at 21 locations
    • 33,007 test samples transported to multiple lab locations
    • 2,768 N95/PPE fittings
    • 237,995 pounds of food distributed
    • Note: All numbers are cumulative as of 05 0730 June 2020
  • Continued planning and preparation with Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to coordinate support to the Governor’s Long-Term Care Facility Task Force;
  • Responded to Governor’s Declarations of Emergency for localities requesting assistance with local protests by providing support to civil law enforcement agencies:
    • Elements provided support in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Lynchburg, and Roanoke.
    • Guardsmen trained in non-lethal site security and crowd control were located to support these local law enforcement agencies and Virginia State Police

Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS):

  • Hosted the 64th Commonwealth Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial:
    • This was the first live-streamed/virtual event, combining a small on-site ceremony (placing of Memorial Wreath, Playing of TAPS, etc.) with pre-recorded content, including a special message by Governor Northam and rifle salutes by veterans service organization honor guards and the playing of TAPS at the three state veterans cemeteries. Available here
  • Continued planning for the 2020 Virtual Virginia Women Veterans Summit June 17-19, 2020. To learn more and register, visit
  • Continued to work with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to plan the 2020 Virginia Veterans & Military Affairs Conference on August 19, 2020.  The conference will be virtual this year.


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

COVID19 Posture: UPDATE #2 (17APR20)
COVID19 Posture: UPDATE #3  (17April to 08 May 2020)
COVID19 Posture: Update #5 (04June20)

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.