The Daily Beast: Veterans Saw Friends Die From COVID. Then It Got Worse.

The Daily Beast: Veterans Saw Friends Die From COVID. Then It Got Worse.. “First the coronavirus spread inside the Lyons, New Jersey, long-term Veterans Affairs facility and ravaged residents and staff. Then came what workers and veterans described as indifference and neglect from Lyons administrators as the bodies piled up and the lockdown dragged on. But to them, the worst part, the part that is ongoing nine months into the COVID-19 outbreak in America, has been watching people who need help and dignity, long after serving their country, give up.”

Roger that: New database helps veterans navigate assistance available throughout NJ (North Jersey)

North Jersey: Roger that: New database helps veterans navigate assistance available throughout NJ. “More than 200 nonprofit, government programs and private companies that offer free services to veterans are in the database, and 150 more are being added. Organizations are also able to upload their own information. Roger currently features only New Jersey-based services, but the plan is to expand coverage.”

Stars and Stripes: More than 4,000 VA patients have died from coronavirus

Stars and Stripes: More than 4,000 VA patients have died from coronavirus. “Such as with the overall population, cases among veterans are surging in the Midwest. The Minneapolis VA hospital has the most cases across the VA system, with 187 patients who are currently sick with the virus. Milwaukee, Wisc., is a close second, with 183 patients.”

Washington Post: Virus shutdowns took a grim toll on amputee veterans who died by suicide, families say

Washington Post: Virus shutdowns took a grim toll on amputee veterans who died by suicide, families say. “As coronavirus restrictions unfurled a dangerous mix of depression and anxiety, the scourge of suicide cut through a tiny community of amputee veterans in recent months, claiming at least three in a group where isolation is already a potent risk factor.”

Report: Veterans Crisis Line ‘remarkably successful’ at handling increase in calls at start of pandemic (Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes: Report: Veterans Crisis Line ‘remarkably successful’ at handling increase in calls at start of pandemic. “Calls to the Veterans Crisis Line hit a high point in March as the coronavirus pandemic altered everyday life in the U.S. Despite the increase in calls and a shift to teleworking, responders met all their performance standards, including the answering of all calls within three rings, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General.”

Connecting Vets: About 17 VA patients have died of COVID-19 daily since the first veteran death 7 months ago

Connecting Vets: About 17 VA patients have died of COVID-19 daily since the first veteran death 7 months ago. “On March 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs recorded its first veteran lost to the coronavirus. Now, seven months later, 3,667 VA patients have died because of the fast-spreading virus, an average of about 17 each day. That is roughly the same number of veterans who die by suicide each day on average, according to VA data, something the president and his administration, lawmakers and advocates have repeatedly referred to as a ‘crisis’ and a ‘top priority.'”

The Daily Beast: White House Quietly Told Vets Group It Might Have Exposed Them to COVID

The Daily Beast: White House Quietly Told Vets Group It Might Have Exposed Them to COVID. “On the same day President Donald Trump acknowledged contracting the coronavirus, the White House quietly informed a veterans group that there was a COVID-19 risk stemming from a Sept. 27 event honoring the families of fallen U.S. service members, the head of that charitable organization told The Daily Beast.”

Riverfront Times: Veterans’ Home Recently Visited by Governor Parson Has Outbreak of COVID-19

Riverfront Times: Veterans’ Home Recently Visited by Governor Parson Has Outbreak of COVID-19. “A veterans home visited two weeks ago by Missouri Governor Mike Parson is dealing with a major COVID-19 outbreak, according to a news report. The Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon has had 31 of its 150 residents test positive for the virus, ABC affiliate KODE-TV reported. Parson visited the home on September 15, meeting with staff. The next day, he mentioned the visit during a news briefing.” Parson and his wife have both recently tested positive for coronavirus. Spokespeople have denied a connection between his status and this visit.

CNN: Superintendent, ex-medical director at veterans home face criminal charges after deadly Covid-19 outbreak

CNN: Superintendent, ex-medical director at veterans home face criminal charges after deadly Covid-19 outbreak. “The superintendent and former medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home face criminal charges in connection with a Covid-19 outbreak at the veteran’s home earlier this year, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday.”

US Department of Veterans Affairs: New site offers Veterans, family members VA benefits, services information

US Department of Veterans Affairs: New site offers Veterans, family members VA benefits, services information. “VA’s new website landing page makes it easier for Veterans and family members to access VA benefits and services information. The website, http://www.va.gov/getstarted, provides two newly updated booklets on information about VA benefits and services, as well as how to apply for them.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VA notifies Veterans of compromised personal information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VA notifies Veterans of compromised personal information. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Management today announced a data breach involving the personal information of approximately 46,000 Veterans and actions taken by the department to prevent and mitigate any potential harm to those individuals.”

WMDT: Historic Salisbury cemetery receives state recognition, new database for veterans graves

WMDT: Historic Salisbury cemetery receives state recognition, new database for veterans graves. “A Victorian-era cemetery in Salisbury has been recognized at the state level and it’s all thanks to some 21st century technology. ‘The thing with being a veteran is you’re forgotten when no one ever speaks your name again,’ says Carol Smith with the Parsons Advisory Committee. A recently finished project will help ensure the more than 12-hundred veterans buried in Salisbury’s Parsons Cemetery won’t be forgotten.”

MilitaryTimes: Despite steady rise in coronavirus cases, VA officials push ahead with return to normal operations

MilitaryTimes: Despite steady rise in coronavirus cases, VA officials push ahead with return to normal operations. “The number of Veterans Affairs patients with active cases of coronavirus rose to its highest level in three weeks on Thursday, but department officials insist the steady recent increase is not a cause for concern. As of Thursday morning, VA researchers reported 1,755 active cases of the deadly virus spread across 130 department medical centers. That’s the highest level since mid-May and is up more than 26 percent from May 28, when the department reported a low of 1,390 cases.”

DigitalVA: New Tool Helps VA Track and Analyze COVID-19 Data on the Ground

DigitalVA: New Tool Helps VA Track and Analyze COVID-19 Data on the Ground. “In collaboration with VHA and Microsoft, experts in VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) set out to build a summary and tracking tool that would help VHA gain better situational awareness of its patients and resources during the pandemic. The team rapidly built the National Surveillance Tool (NST) to meet VHA’s needs, and the tool has drawn interest across—and even outside—VA.”

New Haven Register: Veterans group continues legal battle over discharge records

New Haven Register: Veterans group continues legal battle over discharge records. “A veterans group is continuing to sue the Pentagon over access to military discharge records despite a federal judge’s recent dismissal of the case. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said Tuesday that it filed its intent to bring the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The group represents former service members who want to upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge. Such a status can sometimes result in a loss of veterans benefits.”