Veterans using VA system encouraged to call, rather than attend clinics

Veterans are being urged to stay home for services if possible, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help address patients’ most-urgent needs first, the healthcare system asks that veterans use online tools for routine or non-urgent questions.

“We encourage our veterans to use ‘buddy checks’ with each other to ensure that no one feels alone as we adjust to the realities of social distancing,” Director of Livingston County Veteran Services Jason Skinner said. “The term ‘buddy check’ is commonly used in the military for a simple checkup or a friendly ‘how are you’.”

Calls to the Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314 are confidential.

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