The Coronavirus pandemic is sending a shock throughout the United States, impacting everyone including our brave veterans. I want to make sure East Tennessee's veterans are kept up to date about how COVID-19 has impacted their benefits, as well as the resources available to them. It is my goal to make sure our veterans know how to stay healthy and safe.
Please monitor this web page to stay informed about the VA's response to COVID-19. You can learn also learn more and keep up to date by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs COVID-19 homepage.
If you are looking for additional Coronavirus information, please visit my COVID-19 resources page.
First and foremost, remember to follow these basic hygiene rules:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Stay home from work or social events if you feel ill
You can also visit the CDC's prevention website for additional guidance.
The VA is closely monitoring the Coronavirus and making adjustments to continue meeting the needs of our nation's veterans. Such actions taken by the VA include conducting outreach to veterans and staff, beginning clinical screening at VA facilities, and implementing protective procedures for patients at community living centers and spinal cord injury units.
Veterans experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should contact their local VA facility. The VA strongly encourages veterans to contact their facility before visiting by either calling or sending a message through My HealtheVet. Additionally, veterans can use telehealth options to describe their current condition and receive a prompt notice from a medical professional.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my Knoxville office if you need assistance with the VA. You can reach my Knoxville office at 865-523-3772.