**VA Extends Financial, Benefits, and Claims Relief to Veterans**
For benefit debts, veterans can contact the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648 to make arrangements.
For healthcare debts, veterans can contact the Health Resource Center at 1-877-222-8387 to make arrangements.
For veterans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and need immediate action on their appeals, as opposed to a filing extension, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals will Advance their appeal on Docket (AOD).
Primary State of Ohio and Federal Resources:
Additional Updates on National Support For Veterans:
Please click here for a recap of the COVID 19 actions announced by the President on March 22, 2020.
State of Ohio: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/ 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
This site has information links to all the unemployment, Medicaid, and small business initiatives the state has undertaken, along with others.
VA Cleveland: https://www.cleveland.va.gov/
All vets should either call their local VA or this number before reporting to a facility if they suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms: 1-888-350-3100
Financial Assistance (on a case-by-case basis):
http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm (Ohio Jobs and Family Services)
County Veteran Service Resources:
http://cuyahogavets.org/services/#Financial (Financial Assistance)
https://www.211oh.org/ (United Way)
http://dvs.ohio.gov/main/county-veterans-service-offices.html (All Ohio County Veterans Service Offices)
Family Health and Support:
https://www.redcross.org/local/ohio/northeast.html (Northeast Ohio American Red Cross)
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/coronavirus (Military One Source)
https://www.militaryfamily.org/what-military-families-need-to-know-about-covid-19/ (National Military Families Association)
https://fcsserves.org/program/ssvf/ (Family & Community Services)
https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/ (Department of Defense)
Boots to Business REBOOT Class
The SBA is offering a special two day online class, called Boots to Business REBOOT on June 18 & 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This is a free class; however, you must register. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. Limited to 50 students.
Visit https://sbavets.force.com/s/class/a00t000000FBGVmAAP/reboot20200618cleveland-district-office online to register or call the Veterans Business Development Office at (216) 522-4826.
PPP & EIDL Forgiveness Workshop
For those interested in PPP and EIDL forgiveness, there will be a special online program on June 23rd in coordination with SCORE, SBDC, SBA and local organizations. This is open to all business owners, but you must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eidl-ppp-forgiveness-and-repayment-workshop-tickets-107969660160.