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Dr. Stone: Veterans, please lead the way in social distancing
During the COVID-19 crisis, VA is asking Veterans to lead their neighbors and communities in practicing social distancing. It’s tough, but it’s what we need to do to defeat this virus. Also, please consider using VA telemedicine for your care and medication needs, to help keep our fellow Veterans safe.
Here is a message from Dr. Richard Stone, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration and a former U.S. Army combat physician.
You and I are very proud to call ourselves Veterans. It means that we raised our hand and we agreed to serve this nation — even at great personal sacrifice.
I want to talk to you today about a level of leadership that is needed from America’s Veterans. You and I are used to following orders, doing things that we didn’t want to do, at the request of our leadership.
Americans are being asked to socially distance themselves from others. That’s hard. What I’m asking you for today is to help lead your neighbors, help lead your families, and help lead your communities. Accept social distancing as a requirement for the next number of weeks and let’s, as Veterans, lead this nation to behave in a manner that defeats this virus.
We’ve also asked you to change the way you receive your health care from us. I’m asking you to consider telemedicine for your visit. We don’t want you to be denied care; we want you to get care, and we’re available using telemedicine techniques to connect right to you in your living room, to make sure you have your prescriptions, to make sure you have your care, to make sure that we’re changing the dosages of your medicines and continuing to take care of you with the trust that we’ve earned in delivering excellent care over these many years.
So, I would ask you to call your medical center, make your appointment using telemedicine, and continue your care — because we need you healthy. And we look forward to getting to the other side of these very difficult times and seeing you face to face again in the near future.