With everything that is happening in the country right now with the coronavirus pandemic, we need to make sure that veterans are getting everything they need. Thankfully, organizations like USA Cares are getting creative with ways to fundraise for veterans while still adhering to the social distancing guidelines that many states have implemented. For example, people can register for the “Keep Your Distance” 5K Run/Walk. Participants can run or walk anywhere to raise funds to help veterans. How cool is that?
Many of the VAs, instead of doing face-to-face appointments, have implemented telehealth appointments and video calls instead. There is also a crisis hotline for veterans. During all of this, the VA has also adopted a “fourth mission” to help all Americans by providing services based on what specific states may need to battle COVID-19. So, while the VA’s first mission is to help veterans, the organization is also doing what they can to provide extra beds to non-veteran Americans who are dealing with the virus.
One of the biggest concerns for veterans right now is mental health. Being forced to social distance from family and friends can be difficult for veterans who suffer from depression. If you know a veteran, one of the most important things you can do for them is to simply reach out in some way, whether it’s a phone call, an email, writing a letter or even just stopping by their house (while staying at least 6 feet away). You can help veterans in other ways too. Why not cook them a casserole or a meal that can easily be refrozen and drop it off at their house? You can also do their grocery shopping for them (if it’s safe for you to do so).
Do what you can to help those who need it. Our veterans made a lot of sacrifices for their country. Let’s try to give back!
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.