Vets quarantined with COVID-19 can get a free craft kit

Julia LeDoux
July 20, 2020 - 1:29 pm

Help Heal Veterans

Veterans confined to their homes because they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 can get a free quarantine kit thanks to a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nonprofit Help Heal Veterans. 

The kits are designed to keep the vets occupied while they are isolated in their homes or a health or long-term care facility, according to a release from the nonprofit. 

“Lockdown equals depression and anxiety,” a news release from the department says. “Heal Vets has increased therapy kit production for those military/veteran personnel in quarantine and is shipping as many pallets of therapeutic craft kits as quickly as possible to VA centers across the nation that are being used in the quarantine efforts.”

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Since the start of the pandemic in March, Help Heal Veterans has provided nearly 50.000 of the kits to more than 90 VA medical facilities, according to a VA release.

“Part of VA’s charge is to support the positive mental health of veterans and these crafts and leisure activities will benefit that effort,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a statement.

The kits contain craft supplies,  reading and educational materials as well as items that veterans can use to make their own face masks. 

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Under the partnership, supplies for the kits are given to local groups, who then assemble and distribute the kits.

The nonprofit added that the kits are also “utilized in restoring coordination and impaired motor skills, improving concentration or relieving symptoms of depression and PTSD.”

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