The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership with the non-profit, America’s Adopt a Solider, to better assist homeless veterans stay in touch with loved ones and health care providers.

A major issue for homeless and at-risk individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic is staying connected while maintaining safe social distance. This new VA partnership will collect phone and laptop donations, distributing to individuals that lack these resources.

“As VA continues to help provide secure, safe and stable housing for all Veterans, we’re also helping them stay connected to needed services, family and friends,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This partnership makes those valuable connections possible for Veterans who might not otherwise have access to mobile phones or computers.”

Laptops and smartphones will go to Veterans enrolled in one of three VA programs: Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing, Grant and Per Diem transitional housing and Health Care for Homeless Veterans Contract Residential Services.

Photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Air Force