So much has changed over the past year as the world struggles to find a new normal during the ongoing pandemic. For many veterans, these changes have left them with many questions regarding their VA benefits. While the answers to many of these questions will vary from case to case and are best answered on an individual basis by your care provider, the facts below can help you to better understand what to expect when addressing issues regarding COVID-19 and your VA benefits.
#1: You Can Still Receive Your VA Mental Health Care
Whether you have been receiving ongoing mental health care since before the pandemic or find yourself in need of new services, it is important for you to know that you can still receive these vital services even if you are under quarantine. In lieu of in-person appointments for individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or whose local regulations limit in-office appointments, veterans are able to access the mental health services they need by utilizing phone or video appointments. To learn more about how you can take advantage of these services, be sure to contact your local VA facility directly.
#2: Your Local VA Facility Can Provide Vaccine Updates
As more and more veterans are becoming eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important that you stay informed about when and where you can go to get your vaccine. Contacting your local VA facility allows you to determine if you are currently eligible to receive this vaccine and schedule an appointment if you are, in fact, eligible.
To help ensure your health is protected, it is important to also inquire about receiving a flu shot if you have not yet received yours this year. After all, a healthy immune system is your best defense if you do in fact contract COVID-19.
#3: There Is No Need To Avoid Getting Treatment
Many VA facilities have canceled or rescheduled nonessential procedures and appointments due to the pandemic. However, this should not discourage you from seeking treatment for new or preexisting conditions if you need it. In fact, doctors warn against putting off treatment in order to avoid a trip to your local VA facility during the pandemic. Putting off this treatment could ultimately have a far greater impact on your overall health than the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19 when visiting the facility. To help minimize these risks further, make use of phone visits when possible and be sure to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding the use of a mask and social distancing if an in-office visit is required.
Contact a local VA professional to learn more about veteran aid.