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Nation's Veterans Continue to Serve During COVID-19

Veteran MemorialToday, in light of the current pandemic, our veterans continue to serve our country in ways that go above and beyond the normal call of duty.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting 8,000 volunteers for various Phase III clinical trials of at least four COVID-19 vaccines. Since active troops are essential to national security and elderly veterans are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, both the VA and the Department of Defense (DOD) have a mutual interest in the support of the development of safe, effective vaccines. 

See more about this development in an article published by KHN.org.

The article also states, “It’s not unusual for the military to participate in multi-center trials for treatments of ailments as diverse as cancer and trauma. Historically, many vaccines have been tested first by the military.”

So on Veterans Day this year (Wednesday, November 11), we have more reason to “Thank a Vet”, as they continue to serve our country in so many different ways, even if their official duty has ended. 

If you would like to know more about benefits precious to our nation's veterans, please see this previous post. Please note that the numbers listed in this article are from 2019 and may not reflect the current status of benefits such as disability and long term care. Please consult an elder law attorney before taking any action.

Categories: Elder Law, Long-Term Care, VA Aid & Attendance

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