The global spread of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented adjustments in our lives and livelihoods. The health and safety of our program participants, staff, supporters and community partners continues to be our top priority, and we remain focused on driving impact while adjusting to the realities that COVID-19 presents. Our work is ongoing, and this page will be continually updated as we remain nimble and shift according to world events.
Mental Health Resources
Take care of you, your loved ones and each other. Stay home as much as you can. Veterans are among the most trusted groups in society—lead by example for others in your community. Practice radical self-care so that you will be sharp, focused, and healthy when you are once again called to serve on the front lines. We know that you are not alone in feeling stressed, confused and at times—even discouraged. We all know veterans can be reluctant to ask for help. Ask your network what they need, and ask for help if you need it.
We are acutely aware of the impact that social isolation can have on communities including on the veteran community. We have convened a team to explore ways to stay connected and healthy during this “new normal” of social distancing. We’ve already seen our veteran leaders self-organize to maintain opportunities to stay connected to each other. We are excited to share those examples as they arise—so please let us know if you have done virtual gatherings that have worked.
Here are some resources for self-care and looking after your own well-being during this time:
- COVID-19 & Your Mental Health: A Comprehensive Resource Guide
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- What to do if you’re Anxious or Worried about Coronavirus
- How to Manage Stress and Anxiety While at Home For Long Periods of Time
Try these options to connect with people while still practicing social distancing:
- Video chat with your family & friends—you can use a system like Zoom or Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or Houseparty. Want ideas of what to talk about?
- Set up a group call with your closest friends while eating dinner
- Read a picture book to young kids in your family
- Host a virtual trivia night like the New York Platoon did
- Form up a book club
- Gather for a happy hour—with or without alcohol!
- Play a video game together
- Ask questions / share tips in your local TMC Facebook group
- Encourage friends & neighbors to set up a Slack or join your community on Nextdoor — or even call them!
- Watch a movie on Netflix Party
Here are other resources that might be helpful:
SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
One of the most important things you can do for your community at this time is to stay home—especially if you’re ill or in a high risk category, minimize in-person contact with others, and recognize that social distancing is an effective approach to containing this virus. But all that being said, there are still ways you can serve your community.
Our Platoon leaders are displaying the resilience and adaptability we’ve come to expect during challenging times. While in-person gatherings are on hold, Platoons are using this time to prepare for future service projects. We’re currently working on available and safe ways for you to activate in support of local and individual volunteer opportunities (that are mindful of social distancing), and if you are healthy and at low risk, and will update those here as they appear. If you have an idea, please share it with us! We’d love to highlight it.
Check out the Database of Localized Resources During Corona Outbreak for local mutual-aid groups near you.
There are things we can all do as individuals or in small family groups that will have an enormous impact when accomplished at scale. Look for ways to support your neighbors and your neighborhood. You can start with these ideas:
- To support their Operation Green Thumb partner, Boise 1st platoon hosted a video-streamed project where members can learn how to plant and care for “foster” seedlings, which can later be transported to the local elementary school garden. In Washington, DC, Platoon Leader David Dubois filmed and shared a DIY video on Facebook to teach others how to grow, and when to plant, herb and vegetable seedlings at home, that can then be planted in a local community garden.
- Build a Little Free Library
- Build a Mobile Market Unit inspired by the ones the Orlando Platoons built for local schools
- California Volunteers has put together a great list of how to check in with your neighbors
- Rake leaves for a neighbor
- Pick up groceries for someone who can’t leave the house or run errands