Linking Veterans to Essential Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
August 27, 2020
Outside New York State
The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.
During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYSHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded America’s Warrior Partnership a grant to connect veterans and their families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to essential resources.
Under this grant, America’s Warrior Partnership will partner with Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York to reach veterans, their family members, and caregivers impacted by the pandemic. Using a cloud-based tool developed by America’s Warrior Partnership, local veteran-serving organizations will collect information and create reports and dashboards to better understand how to support and meet the needs of veterans in their communities. Veterans will be referred to resources and services to assist them, including returning to school, enrolling in benefits, and finding housing and employment. America’s Warrior Partnership will also provide outreach and holistic services to veterans and their families, such as virtual programming to combat isolation and emergency assistance programs to support veterans facing short-term financial hardships.