Veterans

My office has a dedicated Veterans Services Representative. If you need assistance with your VA benefits, or have other questions, please reach out to Rudy Cota on my staff at the contact information below.

Email: Rudy.Cota3@mail.house.gov 

Cell phone number: (928) 210-8165 

VACCINES:

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA at this time:

  • ​VA health care personnel
  • All Veterans 
  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans (For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, VA defines a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.)
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

PLEASE NOTE: When you can get a vaccine at your local VA health facility, they will contact you. You don’t need to call to reserve a vaccine or come to a VA facility to request or receive a vaccine until you're contacted. Some VA health care facilities are hosting large vaccination events or asking Veterans to call the facility directly to schedule a vaccination. If you receive communications from your local VA health care facility about getting vaccinated at a large-scale event or contacting the facility to make an appointment, you are encouraged to do so if you are in one of the risk groups currently being vaccinated at VA.

If you have already received your first dose through the VA, you must receive your second dose through the VA as well.

To schedule an appointment at a VA facility near you, call:

  • Northern Arizona VA: (928) 717-7406
  • Southern Arizona VA: (520) 629-4729
  • Phoenix VA: (602) 604-3915

More information and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines at VA are available, HERE.

Sign up for email updates to stay informed about getting a COVID-19 vaccine at VA, HERE.

Information about COVID-19 Vaccines from Arizona VA Facilities:

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit my COVID-19 Vaccines page.

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) recently launched a COVID 19 vaccination data website the VA COVID-19 National Summary website, which provides the latest numbers of COVID-19 vaccines administered across VA and also the VA medical facilities in Arizona.

Legislative Updates: 

The American Rescue Plan provides additional funding for the VA to provide health care services including provisions to ensure veterans will not have any copays or cost-sharing for preventative treatment of services related to COVID-19 going back to April 2020. In addition, the newest relief package includes nearly $400 million for up to 12 month of retraining assistance for veterans who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic. 

EVICTION MORATORIUM:

On February 16, The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19. VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.

RESOURCES FOR ARIZONA VETERANS

The VA is suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Treasury Department. This includes the suspension of collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts.

  • For benefit debts, Veterans should contact the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.
  • For health care debts, Veterans should contact the Health Resource Center at 1-866-400-1238 or https://www.pay.gov for payments.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has re-launched the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), a free, anonymous tool for veterans and their families that operates 24/7/365. QRF is a referral serivce that provides direct peer support and connects veterans to valuable resources. QRF addresses issues spanning financial assistance, mental health, housing and homelessness, legal issues, disability claims, education benefits, employment services, and navigating and accessing VA benefits. You can find this resource HERE.

  • The CARES Act includes $19.57 billion in funding to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the equipment, tests, telehealth capabilities and support services necessary to support veterans and the health care workforce at facilities nationwide.
  • Local area agencies on aging that provide services to veterans can enroll or renew veterans in a veteran-directed care program through the telephone or telehealth to ensure a face-to-face visit isn’t necessary, but that veterans can still receive services, such as home-based care.

FAQS answered by the VA, HERE. Veterans can also visit the VA's coronavirus Public Health page, HERE, or by clicking the image below. 

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To better serve and protect the healthcare of Arizona veterans, the three VA Health Care Systems in Arizona (Phoenix, Prescott, and Tucson) have implemented comprehensive protocols and screening measures dealing with COVID-19.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to call or send a direct message via MyHealtheVet to their health care team.  

For Maricopa Valley/ Phoenix Area call (602) 277-5551 or visit https://www.phoenix.va.gov.
For Prescott/ Northern Arizona Area call (928) 445-4860 or visit https://www.prescott.va.gov.
For Tucson call (520) 792-1450 or visit https://www.tucson.va.gov.

If you are a veteran experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help:

If you are a Servicemember, National Guard member,  Reservist or a family member in crisis, please reach out for help:

In Maricopa County / Central Arizona 

In Northern Arizona

In Southern Arizona 

  • Community-wide Crisis Line: (520) 622-6000.
  • Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yuma Counties or on the San Carlos Apache Reservation: (866) 495-6735.

GI Bill Benefits

If GI Bill users have questions about their benefit, contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 between 8AM and 7PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.