During weather–related emergencies, veterans and their families can get assistance and information by calling 1–800–507–4571.
Other VA facility Web sites can be found on VA’s Facilities Locator
VA employees in affected areas should provide updates on their status by calling 1–866–233–0152 between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern Time, or by using the Employee Emergency Information
Web page at any time.
Additional information and links are available on VA’s Emergency Information
Panel Praises VA Suicide Prevention Efforts
A blue–ribbon panel has praised VA for its comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. The panel noted a number of VA initiatives, including a Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the hiring of suicide prevention coordinators. The panel also made a number of recommendations for additional actions. With more than 17,000 mental health professionals, including dedicated suicide prevention coordinators in each of VA’s 153 medical centers, VA is the nation’s largest provider of mental health care. VA’s mental health program this year is funded at more than $3 billion. (more)
Veterans Day Teacher Guide
The 2008 Veterans Day teacher resource guide is now available. The guide includes information on the history and meaning of Veterans Day, youth volunteer opportunities, facts and figures, and a classroom activity guide. There’s even a coloring book, maze and word scramble game for kids. The guide, along with a Veterans Day poster, is being distributed on CD–ROM to principals at 118,000 schools nationwide. To view or download your own copy of the guide, visit the Resources section of the Veterans Day Web site at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/index.asp.