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Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Also in the newsletter: NYC to Launch Veteran-Owned Business Map

NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) Weekly Newsletter


** Weekly COVID-19 Updates
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Each week, we will dedicate a section of our newsletter to COVID-19 updates. This section will be updated weekly to reflect new developments:
http://nyc.gov/vax4nyc
Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Per U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance, (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/joint-cdc-and-fda-statement-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine) NYC paused Johnson & Johnson vaccinations as the City awaits the results of an investigation to determine risk factors. New Yorkers who scheduled a Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointment have been rescheduled for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

COVID-19 Testing
NYC still has COVID tests available for free all around the city. Find a location at
nyc.gov/covidtest (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page) .

In addition to testing locations, New Yorkers can also get a fast test at a COVID-19 mobile testing site! To learn if a mobile testing site will be in your neighborhood, click here (https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/)
.

Vaccine Eligibility & Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment
Any New Yorker over 16 years old is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here (https://on.nyc.gov/2NRHDjG) .

Schedule a vaccine appointment at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder (https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/) or call 877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692). For other locations that may have appointments available visit:
* NY State Vaccine Finder (https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/)
* NYC Vaccine List (https://nycvaccinelist.com/?mc_cid=f14e8ca926&mc_eid=a6f0f756b6) (volunteer-sourced list of available appointment slots across the City)

All homebound New Yorkers, including senior veterans and veterans with disabilities, can request an in-home vaccine appointment here (https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/homebound) or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).
Call 1-877-877-9267 to make an appointment at one of the following VA locations:
* Manhattan VA Medical Center (https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/locations/directions.asp)
* Brooklyn VA Medical Center (https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/locations/Brooklyn_Campus.asp)
* Staten Island Community VA Clinic (https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/locations/Staten_Island_Community_Based_Outpatient_Clinic.asp)
* St. Albans VA Medical Center (https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/locations/st_albans_community_living_center.asp)

Call (718) 584-9000 ext. 4640 to schedule an appointment at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (https://www.bronx.va.gov/BRONX/features/ModernaVaccine.asp) (Bronx VA).

After You Get Vaccinated
See guidelines for fully vaccinated people here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html) .

Vaccines Are Safe
According to the CDC (http://cdc.gov) , "COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective." Learn more here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html) .
Most people report some side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines, which are usually signs that the body is building protection. Learn more here (https://on.nyc.gov/3a2E6qZ) .

Vaccine FAQ
Do you still have questions? Check out NYC's Vaccine FAQ here (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-vaccines-faq-long.pdf) .

Funeral Expenses
FEMA (https://www.fema.gov/) will soon provide financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20th, 2020, for deaths related to COVID-19. Learn more and apply here (https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210324/fema-help-pay-funeral-costs-covid-19-related-deaths) .


** DVS to Launch Veteran-Owned Business Map
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https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/nyc-veteran-owned-business-map.page

This spring, the NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) will launch an online interactive map to make it easier for New Yorkers to find and support Veteran-Owned Businesses (VOBs) in their community. Veteran business owners and entrepreneurs can add their business to the upcoming NYC VOB Map by submitting their information here (https://bit.ly/3ac4QoK) .

To learn more visit nyc.gov/vetbizmap.


** Human Rights Panel for
Women in Uniformed Services & Veterans
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http://bit.ly/WomenVeterans21

DVS and the NYC Commission On Human Rights (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/index.page) will host a panel discussion for women in uniformed services and veterans. Panelists will focus on New York City and New York State human rights laws designed to protect women and will discuss available resources.

WHEN: Thursday, April 29th | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RSVP here (http://bit.ly/WomenVeterans21 ) (register by April 29th)



** Free Groceries for Veterans & their Families
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This week, DVS joined the NYC Department of Probation (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/probation/index.page) for a Veterans-Only Pop-up to provide veterans and their families free groceries. Special thanks to South Bronx NeON Nutrition Kitchen (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/neon/programs/nutrition-kitchen.page) for preparing the food.

Our final Veterans-Only Pop-up will be held next Thursday! Spread the word:

WHEN: Thursday, April 29th | 9:00 am -12:00 pm
WHERE: 198 E 161 Street, Bronx, NY 10451 (parking lot)


** Have You Filled Out the
NYC Veteran & Military Community Survey?
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https://polco.us/n/res/vote/nyc-department-of-veterans-services/nyc-veteran-and-military
https://polco.us/n/res/vote/nyc-department-of-veterans-services/nyc-veteran-and-military
To all NYC veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers: You’ve done a lot for your country. Tell NYC policymakers what they can do for you!

When you take the NYC Veteran and Military Community Survey (https://polco.us/n/res/vote/nyc-department-of-veterans-services/nyc-veteran-and-military) , you are helping to make this City a better home for veterans and their families. Your survey responses will inform public policy and future programs. To take the survey, click here (https://polco.us/n/res/vote/nyc-department-of-veterans-services/nyc-veteran-and-military) .


** Five Years of Service: Shoutouts
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** Special Thanks to AT&T
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As we continue to celebrate five years of service, we recognize the partnerships that make our work possible. A special shoutout goes to AT&T! Their generous support allowed NYC student veterans the opportunity to attend Student Veterans of America (https://studentveterans.org/) ’s National Conference (https://studentveterans.org/programs-events/national-conference/) , NatCon, the largest gathering of post 9/11 veterans in the world. Students veterans who attended connected to employers, networked with peers, and participated in career-building workshops.

"I joined the resume building, 'Financial Tips for Life After Lockdown', and peer intervention workshops. I will use the resources I gained at NatCon to revamp my resume, explore more of my VA benefits, and seek more volunteer opportunities." - Kwame Warner, Berkeley College


** Attention Veteran Entrepreneurs
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** Join NYU's Veteran Future Lab's Apex Incubator
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https://futurelabs.nyc/programs/apex/
Are you a veteran or military spouse leading an early-stage venture? If so, apply to join the Veterans Future Lab Apex incubator (https://futurelabs.nyc/programs/apex/) ! This FREE program offers NYU Tandon Future labs resources, housing awards for select founders, access to a makerspace, and more. To apply, click here (http://bit.ly/2IUimOx) .


** Virtual Events for Military Families
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** Celebrate Month of the Military Child
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Email benjamin.pomerance@veterans.ny.gov to register for any of the following events:

Baseball Hall of Fame Tour: Swing away and join a virtual tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (https://baseballhall.org/) .

WHEN: Saturday, April 24th | 12:30 pm

Meet the Otters: Swim with river otters during a virtual trip at the Wild Center's Otter Falls (https://www.wildcenter.org/visit/inside/otterfallscam/) .

WHEN: Saturday, May 1st | 2:00 pm


** DVS Programs & Initiatives
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https://youtu.be/CZNGH7JQPoI

Making supportive calls. Distributing face masks. Preparing meal kits. Housing the homeless. Processing VA benefit claims. Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZNGH7JQPoI&feature=youtu.be) to learn how DVS responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.


** Feeding Veterans in Need
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https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/request-food.page

DVS partnered with GetFoodNYC (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance.shtml) to help deliver food to homebound veterans. We're also working to distribute HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/) meals to veteran families. Request food (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/request-food.page) or learn how to volunteer to prepare meal kits by contacting connect@veterans.nyc.gov.


** Housing Veterans During the Pandemic
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https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/ending-veteran-homelessness.page

DVS continues to house homeless veterans during the pandemic. The agency was able to house 183 formerly homeless veterans in 2020, an increase of approximately 18% compared to the previous year. Learn more about DVS's efforts to end veteran homelessness in NYC here (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/ending-veteran-homelessness.page) .


** Making Calls to Veterans Across NYC
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https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mission-vetcheck

As part of Mission: VetCheck (https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mission-vetcheck) , volunteers call NYC veterans to provide information about essential services, including free meals, COVID-19 testing, and mental health resources.

* Sign up as a volunteer (https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mission-vetcheck)
* Request a check-in call (https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mission-vetcheck)


** Helping File VA Claims
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https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/file-a-va-claim.page

Many veterans living in NYC are eligible for, but do not receive, their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. That's why DVS is representing veterans and their families in claims for benefits. To schedule an online appointment with a member of our VA Claims Team, contact claims@veterans.nyc.gov or 212-416-5250.


** Veteran Voices Project: Oral History Initiative
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https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/veteran-voices-project-oral-history-library.page

DVS has captured the oral history of NYC veterans representing every branch and service era. From World War 2 to COVID-19, hear stories of service across generations on our Veteran Voices Project library (https://bit.ly/36ocrit) .
* Preserve your story (https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.office.com%2FPages%2FResponsePage.aspx%3Fid%3Dx2_1MoFfIk6pWxXaZlE77xbo7uwExCpMkiKOVlagcyNUOEE5SUIwOUsyRDlVSzBYV1lHSThTUFhZOC4u&data=04%7C01%7CGFeliciano%40veterans.nyc.gov%7C732d474535a945f72dfb08d8a075362e%7C32f56fc75f814e22a95b15da66513bef%7C0%7C0%7C637435772558082330%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=pgF1BrJlMYQ5ksMQ5D%2FkMqqayyw4FB4yC4fUhP8nH4Y%3D&reserved=0)
* Volunteer as an interviewer (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=x2_1MoFfIk6pWxXaZlE77xbo7uwExCpMkiKOVlagcyNUOEoxUlVaWFQxTFg4QzVCVlpVMFhZR0o1MS4u)


** SITREP NYC: NYC's Official Veteran Podcast
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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sitrep-nyc/id1448253101

Listen to SITREP NYC (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/sitrep-podcast.page) , NYC's official veteran-focused podcast, to hear stories from veterans who are often ignored and underserved. Hear the complete season here (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sitrep-nyc/id1448253101) or see below for a list of episodes:

Stories of Transition
* Episode 1: Coming Home (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapple.co%2F3nTKLIN%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3J3tnO6diWDt7IkGKc2BCmTNfr3XwM-VxRZkCeTnvMrRhCANwDRXbHWFM&h=AT3m0TQkYqtCcfJv6d4wE4jshNscyn5SwtkUK-GNF1-z1XgKgPFVq4uBVrDVgeFQ_ELPikH7vl18oUXOyQW8nMM2-XURRvdfFIWuMQCgIs6G1XygoFwIaglChaW-SLQ8lUR2&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT0JjW4votUCyMXtHiwZtiHG5XhQo6yJ8738FdXJcIzGeW-dl9edV6GyWvpRasTfwcsQ6XEWrUdpe-ubVdxIlR0-Xob0WEJvdK5IQaqeWL7J0gM_nE2mtkEaILIISwgARsp0599rhc_Ba3UrR7gaCkYomxTBgwSa9kvCFrSEKOVrK5FcQ8O6f3Zj_zJPR-iRoBE3xdvw7NpW-EhS7XCmCDQ)

The Black Veteran Experience
* Episode 1: Stories of the Black Veteran (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-of-the-black-veteran-experience/id1448253101?i=1000464894091) Experience Across Generations (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-of-the-black-veteran-experience/id1448253101?i=1000464894091)
* Episode 2: Black Post 9/11 Veterans (https://apple.co/2UTd7ag)
* Episode 3: Black Woman. Veteran. (In that Order) (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/black-woman-veteran-in-that-order/id1448253101?i=1000466945670)


LGBT Veteran Stories
* Episode 1: LGBT Veterans Across Generations (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-of-lgbt-veterans-ep-1-across-generations/id1448253101?i=1000480896017)
* Episode 2: The Story of a Black LGBT Veteran (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-of-lgbt-veterans-ep-2-the-black-lgbt-veteran/id1448253101?i=1000466263256)

The Health of Women Veterans
* Episode 1: Motherhood in the Military (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/health-women-veterans-episode-1-motherhood-in-military/id1448253101?i=1000467966186)
* Episode 2: Show No Weakness (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-health-of-women-veterans-episode-2-show-no-weakness/id1448253101?i=1000489732793)
* Episode 3: Life After a Combat Injury (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/health-women-veterans-episode-3-life-after-combat-injury/id1448253101?i=1000489732795)
* Episode 4: PTSD, MST, and the Obstacles to Healing (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/health-women-veterans-episode-4-ptsd-mst-obstacles/id1448253101?i=1000489732794)


** DVS Website
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http://nyc.gov/vets

DVS updated its website to help EVERY veteran find the services that are right for them. Whether you're a student, transitioning, woman, LGBT, or a senior veteran - nyc.gov/vets (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnyc.gov%2Fvets%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2nk3Uy2kh58ozzIJQGBtZjDPRc1252-IY4zQt7Y47m7Z_bR0OjwbIh6P0&h=AT38Uedu-O91VGmnGVhEhxtWs4KkjPsEinCr-9uIiAuHZ6gwPzTxE1-MHZxk74Zzy6WlgTu4sKGY0q4ok3dISMGCQfJbdZYPnrPqlvk9KJCXNP4bmXh61izMDnWn2NJ7cptw&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT0j1TU-Udc9qD2f8FL5tfJziJLMEkRi6Gky39ML5ibGzPxaRVWM2mBgMU9mkbmdcN3_9BVZoO7m4KvQc7uILl72eYxq3hFBnUs8NIVqyTWDMikjbIKvZpPqAlfuVnmKqfLgUCnSOzva6S2AUzuP3eaq7_dXcY8OZlbx7r246_900B6VydZR0huS1iBy9A1tMIzbTZYE5Q2l7ffRFMFSmDg) has what you need.

Review the webpages on our site:


Connect to Services:
* Benefit and VA Claims Services (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/benefit-and-va-claims-services.page)
* Employment and Employer Resources (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/employment-and-employer-resources.page)
* Financial Assistance Resources (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/financial-assistance-resources.page)
* Food Services (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/food-services.page)
* Health Resources (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/health-resources.page)
* Housing Support Services (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/housing-support-services.page)
* Legal Services (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/legal-services.page)
* LGBT Veterans (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/lgbt-veterans.page)
* Mental Health Services (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/mental-health-services.page)
* Military Families and Caretakers (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/military-families-and-caretakers.page)
* Senior Veterans (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/senior-veterans.page)
* Student Veterans (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/student-veterans.page)
* Women Veterans (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/women-veterans.page)
* Veterans with Disabilities (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/veterans-with-disabilities.page)
* Veteran Organizations and Businesses (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/veteran-owned-businesses.page)
* Volunteer Opportunities (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/volunteer-opportunities.page)


Support a Veteran:
* Arrange a Burial or Funeral (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/funeral-and-burial-services.page)
* Hire a Veteran (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/employer-support.page)
* House a Veteran (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/house-a-veteran.page)
* Volunteer with Veterans (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/connect-to-services/volunteer-opportunities.page)

Media:
* Weekly Newsletter (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/weekly-newsletter.page)
* Social Media (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/social-media.page)
* SITREP Podcast (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/sitrep-podcast.page)
* Veteran Voices Project: Oral History Library (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/veteran-voices-project-oral-history-library.page)
* Videos (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/media/videos.page)

Contact Us:
* Partner with DVS (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/contact/partner-with-dvs.page)
* Press Inquiries (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/contact/press-inquiries.page)


** Contact DVS
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Referral Services: vetconnectnyc.org (https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fvetconnectnyc.org%2F&data=04%7C01%7CConnectDVS%40veterans.nyc.gov%7Caf1747a0e2784b21708a08d88fea6d78%7C32f56fc75f814e22a95b15da66513bef%7C0%7C0%7C637417584308357948%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=7pofXkHZUR17%2BunMKyYoMnM%2F2hy10TszkM4oIcYY%2FAA%3D&reserved=0) or 1-833-VETS-NYC

VA Claims & Food Donations
* Latisha Russaw
(917) 605-0325 | lrussaw@veterans.nyc.gov​

Food Delivery Assistance:
* Eileen Barcene​
(646) 499-0055​ | ebarcene@veterans.nyc.gov

Employment Services:
* Christian T. Peralta​
(646) 630-1932​ | cperalta1@veterans.nyc.gov​

Education Services and Unemployment Assistance​:
* Amauri Espinal​
(646) 799-2728​ | aespinal@veterans.nyc.gov

Housing:
* Dana Rock, HSS Director​
(646) 901-4948​ | DanaRock@veterans.nyc.gov​
* Horng Chou, HSS Deputy Director​
(646) 532-1884​ | Hchou@veterans.nyc.gov​

Eviction Prevention:​
* Angela Guyton-Cyril​
(646) 740-8156​ | AGuyton-Cyril@veterans.nyc.gov​

​Healthcare:
* Melissa Walters​
(646) 889-4180​ | Mewalters@veterans.nyc.gov

Military Families and Caregivers:
* Tanya Thomas​
(646) 499-0098​ | tthomas@veterans.nyc.gov



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