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From: “Marquez, Mario A.” <mmarquez@legion.org>

Date: 2/3/21 3:32 PM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: American Legion Story on VA COVID Vaccine Efforts

 

Good afternoon esteemed Leaders,

  I wanted to notify you that The American Legion put together a news article in support of VA’s efforts in issuing the COVID-19 vaccines.   While different locations do have policies that may vary for a myriad of reasons, VA’s efforts are standardized and published through a variety of means, primarily on their main web page.  As we push through this pandemic, it is my goal to push out information that will clarify confusion and enable discussions so that we or VA can answer your questions.  As always, Thank you to our valued Service Officers as they too provide information and resources during these critical times.

Hopefully this does a little to clarify and support VA’s efforts. We truly appreciate what you are doing at the Department level with informing our veterans and keeping them safe. 

 

What veterans need to know about getting vaccine from VA | The American Legion

 

Sincerely,

 

Mario A. Marquez

Director, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

The American Legion Headquarters, Washington D.C.

(202) 263-2983

mmarquez@legion.org

 

 

What veterans need to know about getting vaccine from VA

The American Legion

FEB 03, 2021

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As an influx of veterans seek the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, many want clarity on when and where they will be able to get their vaccines. Under a plan developed by VA in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal guidelines, VA is disseminating the vaccine through a phased plan.

According to VA, the phased plan will enable it “to do the most good for the most people” during this time.

Under the current plan, VA health-care personnel, veterans living in VA long-term care facilities and veterans who are at higher risk for serious complications or death due to COVID-19 are able to get their vaccines now. These high-risk veterans include those with chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, in-patient spinal cord injuries and disorders, and those with comorbidities. Additionally, family caregivers who are enrolled in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers are eligible for vaccination when the veteran they care for becomes eligible, according to VA.

For more information and to determine if you’re eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine from VA, visit this web page. Additionally, veterans can find their local VA health facility and its current plan by visiting this VA page.

Due to a larger percentage of high-risk patients within the VA health-care system compared to the general public, it may take longer for veterans not at an increased risk to receive their vaccine. In some instances, it may be faster for a veteran to receive a vaccine through their state rather than through VA. You can find information on your state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan here.

“The American Legion has the utmost confidence in VA to balance the vaccine rollout, while prioritizing the most vulnerable veterans and health-care providers,” said Mario Marquez, director of The American Legion’s Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation Division. “VA has assured us they will provide this balance with site-specific resources, needs, availability and local status of the pandemic.”

In order to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through VA, a veteran must be enrolled in the VA health-care system. However, veterans attempting to enroll in VA health care for the first time who fall into category 8g, will not be eligible for the vaccine as they are also not currently eligible for VA health care. This is due to a VA change in policy from 2003 which removed 8g eligibility as these veterans do not have a service-connected disability and their income exceeds the allotted amount to qualify for VA coverage.

The American Legion supports 8g reintegration into VA health care. At the 2016 National Convention, the National Executive Committee approved Resolution No. 2 that called for the reinstatement by VA.

“The American Legion stands behind providing access to VA health care to veterans regardless of their economic status,” Jeff Steele, an associate in the National Legislative Division, told the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on Dec. 2, 2020.

The American Legion is also on record in recent testimony, supporting legislation that calls for standing up a bipartisan commission on veterans health-care eligibility and benefits design.

As more vaccines become available, VA plans to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans receiving VA health care who want one. If you are a veteran who is not currently enrolled or receiving health care through VA, visit this web page to apply.

For additional information, contact an American Legion service officer who is specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. To find a service officer near you click here.

 

Incident Report 

Used to report COVID-19 to Department and District

TFA application procedures with the coronavirus

How to Apply for Temporary Financial Assistance

Contact your local American Legion post or department (state) headquarters.

E-Bulletin TFA Application 2020

TFA APPLICATION 2020

Pandemic Financial/Other Resources/Info

GOVERNMENT 

Stimulus Package Info:
https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-stimulus-package-questions-answers.html

 

New Federal Tax Deadline July 15th:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-extends-individual-tax-filing-deadline-to-july-15-11584713903

 

Ga State Tax Deadline July 15th:

https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-like-feds-will-move-tax-day-from-april-july/jjYrFFntaF7l76zNWIGA0I/ 

 

Halting federal student loan payments and interest for 60 days:

www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/03/20/trump-coronavirus-student-loan-payments-139056

 

US Federal Gov Unemployment:

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200312-0

 

Georgia News on Unemployment for Employers & Employees:

https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services

 

Georgia Unemployment Application:

https://www.dol.state.ga.us/public/uiben/internetclaim/requirementPinSetup?fbclid=IwAR0wlSrYe22iD38uiXLulUlXJwc9-AgKuFUkjQEZYDvPJvuXWe8P9PJ8R2Q

 

UTILITIES & BILLS

Mortgage relief news:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brendarichardson/2020/03/13/mortgage-relief-options-are-available-to-homeowners-affected-by-coronavirus-safety-measures/#a6c363c53ab7

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/03/18/hud-orders-60-day-foreclosure-moratorium-homeowners-affected-by-coronavirus/

 

No Atlanta Evictions for Next 60 Days:

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/atlanta-mayor-calls-on-temporary-halt-on-evictions-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

Just Shelter: List of organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing and prevent eviction

https://justshelter.org/community-resources/

 

List of Banks Offering to Help Customers:

https://www.aba.com/about-us/press-room/industry-response-coronavirus

 

Comcast: No disconnects. Free hotspots. Low-income households get 2 months free service

https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

 

AT&T: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

 

Verizon: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19

 

Sprint: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data

https://www.sprint.com/en/landings/covid-19.html

 

T Mobile: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data

https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoing-updates-covid-19

 

Georgia Power: No disconnects

https://www.georgiapower.com/company/news-center/2020-articles/georgia-power-assures-customers-safe-and-reliable-service-will-continue-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

 

Atlanta Watershed: Suspending all water shut offs during this time

https://www.atlantawatershed.org/customer-service/

 

Geico: Pausing cancellation of policies due to non payment or policy expiration until April 30th

https://www.geico.com/about/coronavirus/ 

 

FOOD

 

Cobb County Food Resources:
https://cobbcountyga.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=e9bbc3e2644b46799c908b4c2c231bce&fbclid=IwAR1zao23wytLxoFdFFFLPV64W88Vqon6_lAM1-yea-tevNJwRJT0T1DrBxk

 

Atlanta Community Food Bank:

https://www.acfb.org/local-impact-map?fbclid=IwAR2Dxlt2bke70dsSct8FqCSAM2A5XvMpCMKWZqjDkjU-RplKzfsWgLFK-XY

 

Atlanta Survival Program: Free grocery delivery

https://atlsurvival.org/

 

Free Meals for Atlanta Public School Students:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hpQ2DP-MOyTzwQRlZW8iHKCxGz7u7JMx/view

 

Uber Eats: Waiving all delivery fees

https://www.boston.com/food/restaurants/2020/03/16/uber-eats-waives-delivery-fees

 

SPECIFIC INDUSTRY FUNDS

The Giving Kitchen: For food service workers needing financial assistance

https://thegivingkitchen.org/

 

Bartender Fund:

https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap?fbclid=IwAR1iJuMYX2vKL11vLYGQ_OX8fxD_9cfInp_BEf5mVD2mievywdH8fsWifwQ

 

Creator Fund: Freelancers/Creators, get up to $500 to help with groceries, medical bills, housing, etc

https://creatorfund.ck.page/

 

Resources for Artists:

https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

 

Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QTIBIPOCCOVID19

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

 

Mental Health Services:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mcmuJralTP_oPB-PF3siEeJV8yiG6vuXtjHx1_4mu48/edit?fbclid=IwAR0-_pk9tRrGZdrSz9ZNWDz-D1hMYyNnNNBZ9ZeegVld4Xk6tFyZK7uwaSg

 

Financial Planning Association: Pro Bono Financial Planning

https://www.onefpa.org/Pages/ProBonoPlanning.aspx

 

CVS: Waiving home delivery fees & 30 day refill limit on certain medications

https://cvshealth.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvs-health-announces-additional-covid-19-resources-focused-patient-access 

 

Atlanta Public Schools Updates:

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus

 

Old Fourth Distillery: giving away free hand sanitizer during their business hours. Bring your own container and make a donation

https://o4d.com/

 

Uhaul: 1 free month storage units for students needing to move asap

https://www.uhaul.com/Articles/About/20625/College-Students-U-Haul-Offers-30-Days-Free-Self-Storage-amid-Coronavirus-Outbreak/

 

FREE MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Scholastic: Free education for Pre K – grade 6+

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

Adobe Photoshop: Free for students until May

https://www.techradar.com/news/adobe-gives-students-free-home-creative-cloud-access-heres-how-to-get-it

 

Adobe Creative Cloud: People with Adobe can get 2 months free

https://petapixel.com/2020/03/18/adobe-is-giving-everyone-2-months-of-free-creative-cloud-heres-how-to-get-it/  

 

NASA Media Library:

https://www.diyphotography.net/nasa-makes-entire-media-library-publicly-accessible-copyright-free/

 

Peloton Workout App: Free 90 day trial

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/16/21182267/peloton-workout-app-trial-at-home-subscription

 

Free books, movies, software, music, etc:

https://archive.org/

 

Free Ivy League courses:

https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/

 

Free Online Museum Tours:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

 

Free National Park Tours:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/virtual-national-parks-tours

 

No Entrance fees to National Parks:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/national-parks-service-coronavirus/index.html

 

NPR: Free virtual concerts

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

 

Paris Opera: Free live performances

https://www.vogue.fr/fashion-culture/article/paris-opera-broadcasting-screening-performances-online-for-free-2020

 

Center of Puppetry Arts: Free tours and performances

https://puppet.org/center-for-puppetry-arts-home/ 

 

Might Could Studiomates: 1 month free trial

https://might-could.com/studiomates/

 

Download Free Coloring Books:

http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Thanks,

Mark

 

Mark D. Demers, MBA, CM

Veteran Appeals Officer/

American Legion Department Service Officer

Georgia Department of Veterans Service

1700 Clairmont Road

Decatur, Georgia 30033

Office:404-929-5345

Fax:404-929-5347

E-mail:  mark.demers@va.gov

Website: https://veterans.georgia.gov/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gavetsvc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavetsvc

American Legion- Department of Georgia: https://georgialegion.org/

Service Officer Tool Kit- https://georgialegion.org/service-officer-training/

American Legion (National): https://www.legion.org/