• Jul 4, 2020
  • 7:52 AM

Important Information Events/Changes/Updates Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Situation


We stand together during this unprecedented time to support each other and to share information important to veterans and their families.

It may feel as though it is hard to keep up with this fluid situation which is changing each day, even changing by the hour. We are sharing what we know and invite you to share information you come across, from a postponed or cancelled event to activities that support our families, friends, communities.

Simply email Fanny Rizo at rizof@veterans.nv.gov with your information, along with the point of contact information. Below, you will find information about events, services, resources and more.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Nevada Health Response is a one-stop-shop resource from announcements to information on where to apply for SNAP benefits or where to take the children to get a meal and much more.

Nevada Health Response Center Releases COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative

Nevada Public Health Division

Southern Nevada Health District

City of Las Vegas

Washoe County

City of Reno

Centers for Disease Control    

STATE OF NEVADA/FEDERAL SERVICES

Rural Outreach (ROVER) – Suspended until further notice.

Board of Veterans Appeals – Suspended – Effective March 23, 2020- Suspension of all video and Central Office hearings through at least May 1, 2020.

State Veterans Cemeteries

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting the way we and other veterans’ cemeteries across the country are conducting business. If you have lost a loved one during this time, please know, our hearts are with you. We will work with you to honor your loved one and keep everyone safe from exposure to the virus. Please see the changes at the cemetery below.

Burial Operations

Our deepest sympathy and concern are being extended to families who have lost a loved one during this unprecedented time. 

Nevada has moved to Phase 2 of Reopening, effective May 29, 2020.  Our cemeteries will now allow up to 50 observers following social distancing for the direct burials.  Additionally, we have informed the funeral homes that full honors are now allowed at interment, but the honor guard must follow social distancing as well.

We appreciate those families who have agreed to postpone interments and will reach out to them in the near future to schedule interments. You may contact cemetery staff by phone or email:

You may contact cemetery staff by phone or email:

Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (702) 486-5920, extension 221 or email naylorc@veterans.nv.gov

Northern Nevada State Veterans Memorial Cemetery – (775) 575-4441, Extension 25 or email velasquezj@veterans.nv.gov

Preparing for the Inevitable by the Military and Friends Club, Sun City, Summerlin helps you get your affairs in order to reduce stress when one passes away. This helpful document was initially intended for southern Nevadans and omits the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, which is an option for Nevadans who live in the north. Additionally there is no cost for veteran’s interment and a $450 fee (subject to change) for dependents at both veterans’ cemeteries. 

Our cemeteries are operating along the same guidelines as the National Cemetery Association 

State Veterans Homes

Visitation is being curtailed but “Virtual Visits” are now being offered at both the Northern and Southern Nevada State Veterans Homes to reduce Coronavirus exposure risk to our residents and team members. To make arrangements, the phone numbers are listed below.

Southern Nevada State Veterans Home – (702) 332-6784

Northern Nevada State Veterans Home – (775) 827-2955

RESOURCES

  • Military One Source has a comprehensive list of resources that include mental health services, activities to stay busy and much more.
  • In Crisis? Resources available under our Suicide Prevention tab. 

  • Vet to Vet facilitator, David Heinz, will be providing virtual  group sessions on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Veterans may join via phone at 425-436-6318, access code 655793. 

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is hosting, via Zoom, daily programming for spouses and children who have lost a loved one serving who was serving in the U.S. military. 

  • Mission 22 is providing programs on a variety of mental health topics to support veterans and their families. 

  • Merging Vets and Players Online Workouts provides workouts featuring guests such as Jay Glazer, Randy Couture and NFL stars.  

  • VA Debt Management Center (DMC): Veterans and their families impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), resulting in inability to repay debt with the DMC can request assistance.

  • VBA Overpayment: Veterans and families impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and need temporary financial assistance from their VBA benefit debt may call 1-800-827-0648.

  • Planning for the Inevitable by the Military and Friends Club, Sun City, Summerlin helps you “get your things in order," to limit stress when one passes. This plan omits the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which is an option for northern Nevadans. Also, there is no cost for veterans interment  and a $450 fee (subject to change) for dependents.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND OTHER ASSISTANCE

UTILITIES

  • Las Vegas Water District will work with customers and those facing financial hardships to establish payment arrangements and provide other customer services. Call 702-870-4194.

  • NV Energy – Those experiencing financial hardship or isolation from the Coronavirus can call NV Energy at 702-402-5555 to discuss payment options and receive support.

  • Southwest Gas will not disconnect natural gas for nonpayments until further notice.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES ActThe programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

MESSAGES FROM NEVADA VA DIRECTORS

VASNHS COVID-19 Update – April 5, 2020

Changes at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Center due to COVID-19

From the Director of the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, Lisa Howard:
In light of the flu and COVID-19 now reaching our local community, significant changes have been implemented. VA is a leader in responsible approaches to protect Veterans, staff and our community. I appreciate your cooperation to minimize disruption and stay focused on mission. Please follow updates to services provided by going on-line to: https://www.reno.va.gov/

Changes and updates from the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System  due to COVID-19

From the Director of the Southern Nevada Health Care System in Las Vegas, William J. Caron:
VASNHS is currently screening all Veterans, staff and other visitors at the entrances to all our facilities for symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Please follow VASNHS updates to services provided by going on-line to: https://www.lasvegas.va.gov/