Facebook Makes Commitment to Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

Facebook Makes Commitment to Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020

 

As a proud supporter of the military and Veteran community, Facebook is committed to providing Veterans with meaningful ways to connect with the people they care about. Today, Facebook donated 7,488 Portals to the Department of Veteran Affairs that will be distributed in pairs to wounded/at risk Veterans and their Veteran caregivers to help them stay connected with friends and family during these difficult times.  We hope that by using these Portal video calling devices, Veterans and their caregivers will feel less isolated and more present with their friends and family no matter where they are.

The donation is through a collaboration with the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network. Though discussions about this partnership began long before the COVID-19 crisis began, facilitating social connection for Veterans and their caregivers and families is more important now than ever, with many of these individuals experiencing further isolation due to social distancing measures.

The VA blog announcing the partnership and more details can be found here.

In addition, we thought you might be interested in this refresher on how to best keep your communities informed through Facebook products during this uncertain time. To ensure that VSOs are aware of Facebook’s many resources, Facebook is holding a webinar on best practices and new tools it has created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other ways that Facebook is helping in this time of need.  This webinar can give you guidance on how to best utilize Facebook to communicate with your community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • What: Webinar on Facebook best practices for VSOs and COVID-19 response
  • When: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
  • Where: GoToWebinar
  • How: Register here for dial-in link and code

Please RSVP for this training by registering here and feel free to share this invitation with your networks.