Veterans Affairs coronavirus cases top 6,000 as vice president touts department progress

The following article (written by Leo Shane III) is copied directly from the Military Times website. A day after Vice President Mike Pence said that Veterans Affairs is “not seeing cases in its facilities increase,” the department’s coronavirus count topped 6,000 after one of its largest one-day jumps in the last month. The number of deaths within the VA health system also rose to 391 on Thursday morning, up 18 from the day before. The department has seen a steady rise in cases and fatalities since March 22, when officials reported just 160 cases and a single death from the fast-spreading illness. Nationally, more than 800,000 Americans have contracted the virus and more than 44,000

A Letter to All on the Frontlines in the Battle Against COVID-19

The following letter is copied in its entirety from the original PDF press release. A Letter to All on the Frontlines in the Battle Against COVID-19 In the midst of this pandemic, one the likes of which we have never before seen, we, as veterans, are transported back to memories of our service during the Vietnam War, the last time America witnessed this shocking loss of life. Although the environment and circumstances of our war are not precisely the same as yours, we see a direct correlation to the experiences, conditions, and fallout that we endured from our time in the “trenches.” We know from our wartime experiences the feelings of social isolation; little contact with family; the endles

A Message from the President

At this time, it looks like we are canceling all chapter events until further notice. We will unfortunately be canceling our September dinner dance fundraiser. We are concerned that if we are allowed to gather in small groups by September, we will not be ready as a community to hold the event as it needs to be. Our goal with our events is put on a program that people enjoy attending. We will be looking at events that will be in the future. We will not be able to hold our chapter elections until we are able to meet and put out a newsletter that would announce the meeting and election. Hopefully that will be sooner than later. We were not able to give out scholarships this year. We have had ch

The Passing of Gordon Pickett

It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform you of the passing of Gordon Pickett. Gordon was a Past Commander of the Clovis Veterans of Foreign Wars and held similar positions with many other Veterans Organizations. His leadership will be sadly missed by all who knew him. After a distinguished career in the United States Navy, Gordon continued to serve his fellow Veterans and his community with tireless energy. The notification of his passing came directly from his daughter when she reached out to Lorenzo Rios at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District where Gordon served as a Board Member and Director for many years. No other details are available at this time but as those details are co

A Message from the Vice President

To All VVA 223 Members and Their Families, During this time of uncertainty, I hope this short message finds everyone in good health. It is important that we do our part by following all the social distancing and health measures recommended by the CDC and the health care professionals. Please reach out to your fellow veterans thru a simple phone call, or online to see how they are coping. Please stay safe and healthy. Lou Nunez VVA 223- Vice President

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