facebook linkedin twitter

Veterans Groups Ask That Members Be Allowed to Join COVID-19 Fight

April 2, 2020 by Dan McCue
The Vietnam Women Veteran's Memorial. (Photo by Dan McCue)

WASHINGTON – A pair of veterans service organizations are calling on Congress and the National Governors Association to re-examine the nation’s current medical credentialing system to allow veterans with medical experience to join in the fight against COVID-19.

Both the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and Team Rubicon, a group founded by former Marines, see disaster response as a way to reintegrate veterans back into civilian life, and say they have members with extensive medical experience who could help alleviate strain on hospitals and other public health care providers.

In order to deploy these experts to health care facilities, veterans must be accredited at the state level to provide medical support. However no uniform or nationwide credentialing program currently exists.

“After a decade of mobilizing veterans to utilize their skills in disaster response, Team Rubicon has proven that our military men and women are uniquely trained and experienced for moments of crisis,” said Jake Wood, co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon.

“COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge, and we should act immediately to credential qualified veterans from medical fields to get them into the fight and decompress strained medical systems,” he said.

Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVA, agreed, saying he is proud to join Team Rubicon in pushing for the change.

“Veterans with extensive medical training are an untapped resource to help fight COVID-19,” Butler said. “We urge the government to recognize this resource and create a common-sense credentialing program to help get veterans into the fight and help alleviate medical staffing shortfalls across the country.”

The groups are circulating a petition, which can be signed here.

A+
a-

Veterans

November 17, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Seeks Better Interventions To Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House panel heard one heartbreaking story after another about young people who placed themselves in harm’s way for their country only to return home and take their... Read More

November 10, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Serve More Food to Veterans Who Served the US

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life... Read More

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life for his country when he enlisted in the military. After he left the Navy, he had trouble finding a sandwich to eat. He suffered a job... Read More

November 10, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck
How the Mission Act is Negatively Impacting Veteran Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy experts are finding that the legislation may actually be preventing access. “Veterans who need to go to [into] the community are not getting care, or getting... Read More

November 10, 2021
by Kate Michael
Public Given Rare Access at Centennial for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

WASHINGTON — It hasn’t happened in close to one hundred years and isn’t likely to ever happen again, but for... Read More

WASHINGTON — It hasn’t happened in close to one hundred years and isn’t likely to ever happen again, but for two full days in advance of Veteran’s Day, the public has been invited to approach the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  A Centennial Commemoration for the... Read More

May 25, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck
Texas Approves Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Study for Veterans with PTSD

AUSTIN, Texas-- In Texas this week, a bipartisan bill to develop a study on the use of psychedelic therapy to... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas-- In Texas this week, a bipartisan bill to develop a study on the use of psychedelic therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate.  “We are losing over 20 veterans a day to suicide in the United States.... Read More

December 10, 2020
by Dan McCue
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance to women veterans. The pilot program,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top