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What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?
Veterans and their families can check on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus
Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility's website, which can be found through VA's facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
In addition, veterans and their caregivers can meet with VA health care providers through live video on any computer, tablet, or mobile device using VA Video Connect, available on the VA mobile app store.
Veterans, spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans, caregivers of Veterans, and recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits may be eligible for vaccines through the VA.
For more information about how New Jersey is distributing COVID-19 vaccines, who is currently eligible, and to register to get your vaccine, visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
Mental Health Resources
In New Jersey, NJ Vet to Vet is a peer-counseling program for assessing a Veteran's mental health needs, operated by Rutgers University and funded by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The toll-free help line is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for Veterans and their families. Call 1-866-VETS-NJ4 (1-866-838-7654) or visit https://njvet2vet.com.
The impact COVID-19 has on daily routines may cause unanticipated stress on some veterans in crisis. In this time of social distancing, it is important to keep reaching out to those in need of someone to talk to.
For veterans in crisis, help is available by:
- Calling the Veteran Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1
- Visiting VeteransCrisisLine.Net/Chat
- Texting 838255