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If you are a veteran and receive care at the Providence VA Medical Center (VAMC), I urge you to check out their website for the most up-to-date information on appointments, closures, and testing.

I receive VA benefits.  Will I get my stimulus payment automatically?

Yes.  The VA and Treasury announced on April 17 that eligible veterans and survivors who receive Compensation and Pensions (C&P) benefits would automatically receive their individual stimulus payment.

For more detailed information, including what to do if you have an eligible dependent, please visit my Direct Payments resource page

What support does the CARES Act provide for VA health care facilities and their COVID-19 response?

The American Rescue Plan includes $14.5 billion in funding to help ensure access for 9.2 million enrolled Veterans who many have delayed care or have more complex health care needs as a result of the pandemic, and $1 billion for debt forgiveness related to copayments or other cost sharing that Veterans paid for VA healthcare and prescriptions provided from April 6, 2020 through September 30, 2021. 

This funding will come in addition to nearly $20 billion in funding from the CARES Act to help ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the equipment, tests, telehealth capabilities, and services necessary to support veterans and its health care workforce at facilities nationwide.

What should veterans do about routine appointments and previously scheduled procedures?

The VAMC is rescheduling non-urgent, elective procedures and appointments until a date to be determined after May 1.  The VAMC is calling veterans who need to be rescheduled.  If you have a question about your appointment, a list of clinic phone numbers can be found HERE.

What should student veterans seeking relief do if their school is converting to online education because of COVID-19?

Student veterans may contact their School Certifying Official (SCO), particularly with regard to questions and concerns about issues like enrollment, certification, course changes, and payment of allowances.  If your school is converting to online education because of COVID-19, you will still receive your housing allowance.  The VA will continue to make housing allowance payments to students using VA education benefits at the on-campus rate, if the school converted to online education due to COVID-19.

I have a VA-backed mortgage.  Am I protected against foreclosure during the COVID-19 emergency declaration?

Yes.  Under the CARES Act, Section 4022, federally-backed mortgages, including those guaranteed or insured by the VA, are protected from foreclosure for 60 days (beginning on March 18, 2020).  If borrowers are facing financial hardship, they can request a forbearance from their lender for up to six months, with a possible extension for another six months, through their mortgage holder.

Can veterans organizations described in Section 501(c)(19) take advantage of both the PPP and EIDL loan programs?

Yes, 501(c)(19) veterans organization can apply for loans under both the PPP and the EIDL programs, but must use the EIDL for a purpose other than covering payroll costs.  I encourage you to visit my Non-Profits & Charities resource page for greater detail.

The VA created a website with information on the novel coronavirus, which you can view HERE.

Urgent care services for eligible veterans can be found HERE.

If you are a veteran in need of help with a federal agency, please complete my casework form.

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