Coronavirus


From the Frontlines: Fighting the Coronavirus

Help Heal Veterans' focus has been placed on the preparation and implementation to support a very vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heal Vets has made a concerted effort with The Department of Veterans Affairs to help support healing veterans in need.

Many of our nation's veterans are labeled high-risk and are in lockdown with little contact from others (no visitors, no family allowed, no volunteers, and limited staff interaction). The coronavirus is overwhelming, but being alone in a pandemic crisis is terrifying.

Additionally, Heal Vets is working closely with the VA on the matters of suicide awareness & education. Suicide prevention is an important cause of Heal Vet's CEO, Joe McClain, as he sees a potential increase in this issue right now. Lockdown equals depression and anxiety. Heal Vets has increased therapy kit production for those military/veteran personnel in quarantine and is shipping as many pallets of Therapeutic Craft Kits as quickly as possible to VA centers across the nation that are being used in the quarantine efforts.

In efforts to bring awareness to suicide prevention, Heal Vet's partnered with the Department of Veterans Office of Suicide Prevention to provide handouts as part of the public relations roll-out and pack them into therapeutic craft kits with dog tags that have the number of the crisis line engraved in them. 

Trish Alger, Heal Vets Temple, TX-based Craft Care Specialist, has spearheaded the local acceptance of donations, and craft kit distribution to veterans in the central Texas area. Thanks to materials donated from Creativation, local sources, and the four sewing machines from the community, one of Alger's patients, Pat Carey, alone has been able to craft well over 200 masks that have been donated to local medical personnel. 

 Alger notes, "there has been a significantly overwhelming upswing in veteran's family members calling and asking to pick up kits, with concern that their family member is isolated." Leaving no veteran in suffering, Alger has made curbside pick-up available at the Temple, TX location. In addition to offering moderated Vietnam peer to peer counseling groups within the national guidelines of social distancing. Tentatively curbside kit pick-ups are available from 9 am-1 pm Monday through Friday. 

The frontline struggles continue, and Help Heal Veterans continues to answer the call. While our staff is limited to scope during the CoronaVirus lockdown, their essential mission is ongoing. Nationally, through March, Help Heal Veterans distributed over 38,000 kits to over 30 medical centers. During April, that demand has tripled, and they now have requests from over 90 VA hospitals and military bases across the globe.

Heal Vets craft kits are utilized in restoring coordination and impaired motor skills, improving concentration, or relieving symptoms of depression and PTSD, their goal is to give veterans what they need to heal during this time of dire need. They are also a great way to help relieve the stress from being quarantined during the CoronaVirus.

Thanks to their dedicated staff and donors for nearly 50 years, Heal Vets has distributed over 30 million Therapeutic Arts and Crafts at no charge to veterans, joining us in supporting our nation's isolated and sick veterans in their most significant time of need. 

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Help Heal Veterans Supports Veterans and Military Personnel Through COVID-19 Pandemic 

Help Heal Veterans' focus has been placed on the preparation and implementation to support a very vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heal Vets has made a concerted effort with Veterans Affairs to help support healing via Telehealth to our veterans in need.

 Last week Heal Vets sent two pallets of Therapeutic Craft Kits to VA centers that can be used in the Telehealth efforts, in addition to increasing therapy kit production for those military/veteran personnel in quarantine. We want to recognize and thank our donors and partners for their support. Thanks to them for nearly 50 years Heal Vets has distributed Therapeutic Arts and Crafts at no charge to veterans, join us in supporting our isolated and sick veterans in their greatest time of need. 

Telehealth, through the VA, uses technologies to provide mobility and enhanced access to care. Telehealth connects you with your VA care teams and specialists, no matter the distance. During the pandemic is imperative to help veterans in rural or shut-in locations and provides them access to work with a therapist in a VA system remotely. Heal Vets Therapeutic Craft Kit Study reports that 93% of the craft kit users with a history of PTSD depression anxiety said that they felt 70% better after crafting. 

 Heal Vets craft kits are used as diversions and recreational therapy for patients. In addition to aiding in restoring coordination and impaired motor skills, improving concentration, or relieving symptoms of depression and PTSD, our goal is to give our veterans what they need to heal during this time of dire need.

Alone Together Through Coronavirus 

HHV's production department is working tirelessly to fulfill the demands flooding in from around the country for Therapeutic Craft Kits for quarantined veterans. In Orlando alone, we have received four times the amount of a typical order request from the VA center. 

Many of our nation's veterans are labeled high-risk are in lockdown with little contact from others (no visitors, no family allowed, no volunteers, and limited staff interaction). The coronavirus is overwhelming, but being alone in a pandemic crisis is terrifying.


From a medical center in Orlando, FL 

"Here is a new order from Orlando, and it's all on one order as requested. It's a lot of things because we have two Domiciliaries, a CLC, and an inpatient mental health unit all on lockdown with no visitors, due to COVID19. The Rec therapists need some things to help the patients out now. Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks so much! We truly value you."


From a medical center in the Mid-West

"Chrissy, can we get a shipment of as many paints by numbers and colored pencil booklets as you can spare and any other like craft items that would be simple for veterans to do in their rooms.  I think the future of these VA veterans will include a lot of quarantine regulations, unfortunately.  Which are now beginning to be implemented.  Anything poster art, word books.  Otherwise, we would take a well-rounded shipment."


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