VA’s “Fourth Mission” providing ongoing COVID-19 support to communities around the nation
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) traditionally provides Veterans’ healthcare, benefits and memorial affairs, but in times of national crisis, such as the Coronavirus pandemic, VA also provides healthcare services to the nation, while keeping Veterans first. This is known as VA’s Fourth Mission.
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the VA’s Fourth Mission.
Designed to improve preparedness for response to war, terrorism, national emergencies, and natural disasters, VA’s Fourth Missionensures continued service to Veterans while providing support to national, state, and local emergency management, public health, safety and homeland security efforts.
In an effort to meet the demand for our nation’s community health care providers, VA activated and continues to support its Fourth Mission, admitting more than 340 non-Veteran citizens at VA medical centers in 46 states and providing Personal Protective Equipment, such as respirators, masks, and other necessary equipment to hospitals and healthcare systems around the country.
To date, nearly 3,000 VA employees have taken part in Fourth Mission activities, according to Wilkie.