All ANAVETS Units across the Country are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial Commands and local Units will be making decisions as to the commencement of operations in consideration of Provincial guidelines, orders and health authority advise. The health and safety of our members and staff will continue to be our top priority. The Dominion Office staff and many Provincial Command staff are continuing to work remotely at home.
Many ANAVETS Units are remaining in contact with senior members and Veterans via email or telephone to ensure that they have everything they need and have small groups of willing volunteers to help shop, pick up prescriptions and other necessities.
Notice from Interior Public Health regarding ANAVETS Kamloops Unit 290 can be found HERE.
ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS
Veterans Affairs is encouraging all Veterans that are requiring assistance to reach out to them through either the MY VAC Account online secure messaging system or via telephone at 1-866-522-2122 (E) or 1-866-522-2022(F)
Veterans Affairs is also reaching out to vulnerable Veterans who may need extra support through case managers and VSA agents that are working from home.
The VAC Assistance Service is a free, 24/7 mental health resource that connects you to psychological support and counselling. You do not have to be receiving VAC benefits to use this service. Call 1-800-268-7708 to speak to a mental health professional right now.
Emergency needs for shelter, food and clothing may be able to be accessed through the Veterans Emergency Fund. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/financial-support/emergency-funds/veterans-emergency-fund
They encourage all Veterans to also come to their website for more information or link to them on their social media channels. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/help/faq/info-veterans-covid-19
There are many federal and provincial programs that are in place to help support individual Canadians, businesses and not-for-profits and charities. Below are some links to Federal and Provincial sites that clearly outline or link to individual programs and services.
National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
FOR MB: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/
FOR NL & LAB: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/resources-2/
FOR YK: https://yukon.ca/covid-19