CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

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Rep. Himes Answers FAQs About Coronavirus Relief

Congressman Himes Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Veterans

Every day, I am grateful for the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our nation. Congress has an obligation to care for veterans and their families and ensure that veterans are afforded the benefits they have earned.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created financial uncertainty and hardship for many of our nation’s veterans. I hope you’ll find the information below helpful, and please do not hesitate to contact my office at (203)333-6600 if you have any questions. You can also consult the VA’s website for the most up to date information. 

 

Congressional Action:

The CARES Act provided $19.57 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure veterans can get access to COVID-19 testing, treatment, and resources. 

  • Veteran backed mortgages cannot be foreclosed for 90-days as long as veteran requests forbearance from their mortgage holder

  • Veterans have more flexibility when it comes to healthcare options:

    • Veterans can use telehealth services to access mental health resources from certain companies.  

    •  Veterans can get new prosthetics or prosthetics adjusted from community providers

  • The VA can provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to State Veterans Homes to take care of elderly veterans. 

  • Veterans can enroll or renew their participation in Veteran Directed Care over the phone or online. Veterans will not be penalized or unenrolled if they miss the Veteran Directed Care deadline. 

 

Seeking Care:

Information on the operating status of your local VA facility can be found here. If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). You can also contact your VA health care provider at MyhealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal. Finally, contact your local VA medical facility for information on prescheduled appointments or procedures. 

 

Veterans with Dependents: 

Most veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from the VA will not need to take any further action to receive their Economic Impact Payment. Veterans who did not file in 2018 or 2019 and have qualifying children under 17 must use the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov by Tuesday, May 5 to get the extra $500 per child added to their payment. According to the VA, Veterans who have used the IRS’ Non-Filers tool should not experience a delay in payment processing.

 

Mental Health Resources:

The spread of COVID-19 has increased anxiety and stress for many veterans. The VA has a webpage dedicated to mental health resources during COVID-19. Additionally, veterans in crisis can contact the Veteran Crisis Line at 1(800) 273-8255 and pressing 1, at VeteransCrisisLine.Net/Chat, or by texting 838255.