News Release, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began making Portal from Facebook devices available, April 15, to Veteransand their caregivers and families, to reduce isolation and improve social connectedness at home.

In support of Veterans’ mental health and social connection, VA partnered with Facebook to provide more than 7,400 devices, while theAmerican Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Networkwill store and ship them in pairs toqualifyingVeterans, along withtheir caregiversor families.

The partnership was initiated by thePREVENTSoffice which is charged with supporting the Executive Order task force responsible for the development and implementation of the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide.

“Veterans, families and caregivers will benefit through an increased support system,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Our goal is for Veterans to feel less isolated through more communication. We believe this technology will help Veterans who might otherwise be unreachable.”

Those participating in REACH-VET, one of VA’sCaregiver Support Programs(General Caregiver Support Services or Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers) or in any of VA’sGeriatric and Extended Care Servicesprograms may qualify to receive a free Portal device.

Learn more about PREVENTS and VA’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts.

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