"Almost every time veterans have expressed gratitude even if they do not want to speak. I have had the most amazing conversations with people. Every single one of them is happy to receive the call." - Bernice, Mission: VetCheck volunteer
During the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers are making supportive check-in calls to veterans across New York City through Mission: VetCheck, a collaboration between the NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS), the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health, New York Cares, and veteran-serving organizations. These calls provide veterans with information regarding vital public services, including free meals, information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, and mental health resources.
DVS is continuing these efforts as New York City re-emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. The agency took ownership of the program on July 1st, 2021. Since the program's launch, Mission: VetCheck has placed over 33,485 calls to veterans and has placed over 2,615 calls since July 1st, 2021.
Please note: Mission: VetCheck should not be used to receive support in the event of a personal emergency or mental health crisis. If you are having thoughts of suicide or hurting others, or experiencing an emotional crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance. You may also call the Veterans' Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 Press 1, or text the Crisis Text Line at 838255 or call NYC Well at 888-692-9355 Press 2 or text WELL to 65173.
Learn how to become a Mission: VetCheck volunteer through New York Cares.
Fill out the form below to request a check-in call for yourself or a veteran you know: