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COVID INFORMATION

Benefit Category: State

FINANCIAL

BURIAL AND MEMORIAL

COMPENSATION AND PENSION

  • VA BOARD OF APPEALS:  VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) is expanding access to virtual hearings to all Veterans awaiting their Board hearing after successfully testing the capabilities during the last year.  Virtual hearings are a secure, confidential and convenient option for Veterans and their representatives to have their Board hearing held from a location of their choosing.  The Board moved quickly to put this option into place in response to COVID-19 and the temporary suspension of in-person hearings. For Veterans who opted to have a hearing, choosing the virtual hearing will allow the Board to decide a Veteran’s appeal more quickly.  The release on VA expands access to virtual hearings can be found at this link:  https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5436

HEALTH

  • CALL CENTER-FARGO: The Fargo VA Health Care System has initiated a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Call Center to help field calls related to COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and general questions. The number is (701) 239-3700 extension 2319. The Call Center will be staffed 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • VA NON-VETERAN CARE: VA is helping 38 states and territories with their response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), providing care, services and supplies to hundreds of non-Veterans in this time of uncertainty.  In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), VA has deployed doctors, nurses and nursing aides to state-run nursing homes in several states where COVID-19 has emerged among vulnerable populations.  The release on VA is protecting and serving all of America can be found at this link: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5439
  • TELEHEALTH-DATA (T-MOBILE): Veterans using VA Video Connect on their TracFone mobile phones through the T-Mobile network, will no longer pay for data while using video telehealth technology to connect and meet with their VA health care teams.  The release on VA’s telehealth system grows as Veterans have access to unlimited data while using VA Video Connect can be found on this link https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5426.
  • MENTAL HEATH is very important especially in these trying times and extended isolation. We are all encouraged to take the "Commissioners Challenge" to prevent suicide. Learn more https://www.nd.gov/veterans/benefits/commissioners-challenge-suicide-prevention
  • Updates from VA www.fargo.va.gov
  • Information from CDC

EDUCATION

 

SCAMS to be aware of

 

FEDERAL VA: Find the latest information on COVID-19.

  • CLINICAL TRIALS: VA announced participation in a series of clinical trials and investigations across the nation aimed at finding ways to mitigate or potentially prevent symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients.  The trials demonstrate the ability of VA — America’s largest integrated health care network that also maintains a significant capacity for research — to work with government and industry partners on a wide range of solutions during this national health.  The release on VA participating in drug, plasma trials in fight against COVID-19 can be found at this link: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5438
  • VETERAN COVID-19 CONFIRMED CASES: Update on COVID-19 confirmed Veteran inpatients or outpatients can be found at this link https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=Coronavirus.  Approximately seventy-three percent of Veterans who are positive for COVID-19 are quarantined at home.
  • For further information about how VA is responding to COVID, visit Coronavirus FAQs page or read VA's public health response.
  • For VA’s news releases
  • For Veterans: Coronavirus FAQs page
  • Further information:  VA's public health response.
  • For Daily COVID updates on confirmed patients can be found at this link: https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary.  This link includes both Veteran and non-veteran data.  Approximately twenty-seven percent of Veterans who are positive for COVID-19 are quarantined at home and sixty-four percent are convalescing. (14 days or more from their last positive test result).

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Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).