• Sep 25, 2021
  • 6:21 PM

Family Connections Task Force


The Family Connections Task Force was created by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) in August 2020. This interagency team was tasked with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation some veterans are facing. The overall goal is to foster healthy and positive relationships between veterans living in community settings or confined to their home with their family members. Family is interpreted as those who offer love, support, dependability, and compassion. This Task Force hopes to serve as a resource for veterans and their family members looking for ways to stay involved in each other’s lives during this time of isolation.

If you are in need of assistance at any time, or are interest in learning more about the Task Force, contact Rachel Jelenic at (775) 825-9849 or jelenicr@veterans.nv.gov.

NV Veteran Family Connections Survey

ATTN: Is your loved one living in a community-based care facility OR experiencing isolation at home?

The Task Force would greatly appreciate your participation in the following survey to help us better understand the current experiences and concerns of family members (and other important individuals) of veterans in long-term care or experiencing isolation at home. We hope that the information we gather through this survey will improve our ability to support veterans throughout Nevada and their families.

Access Survey Here!

Members of the Task Force


  • UNR’s Nevada Caregiver Support Center
  • Avalon Healthcare Group
  • VVA Sierra Nevada Chapter 989
  • AARP Nevada
  • Dementia Friendly Nevada
  • UNR’s Dementia Engagement, Education and Research Program
  • Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
  • Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lady Vets
  • The Nevada Ensures Support Together (NEST) Collaborative
  • Northern and Southern State Veterans Homes
  • Several community members

What Has the Task Force Done So Far?


Heroes for Heroes

  • This is a program for veterans that are looking for internet or phone based social support beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Heroes for Heroes page here.

Resource Town Hall

Holiday Cards for the Veterans Homes

  • After the success of our Thanksgiving Cards, we had more schools and organizations participate in.
  • We would like to take the chance to thank these groups: St. Simons Catholic Parish, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Infinity Hospice Care and the Daughters of the American Revolution in the South.

K-8th Thanksgiving Day Letters & Cards

  • Students from St. Simons Parish School in Los Altos, CA made over 250 Thanksgiving cards for our veterans and their families. These cards were distributed to both the Northern and Southern State Veterans Homes to uplift the residents.