The COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, pandemic has hit marginalized communities, particularly military families and veterans who have experienced an increase in scams relating to relief efforts. These schemes can be used to steal personal information and money. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network has reported that these elaborate plans can range from bogus COVID-19 test kits and fake veterans charities to fight the coronavirus to fraudulent stimulus checks.
Now AARP New York is working on new initiatives aimed to help these families and servicemen amid the viral outbreak.
AARP New York announced they are working to help army veterans and military families by providing free resources in addition to important information about scams targeting veterans, and timely programming to meet their caregiving needs. The organization will also assist small businesses operated by veterans to find and obtain information to protect their businesses.
The organization has also teamed up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to create the Military Caregiving Guide, a veteran-specific guide to help military and veteran caregivers tackle some of the most critical issues they’re facing because of COVID-19, and Five Ways to Update Your Caregiving Journey, a list of practical steps caregivers can take amid the coronavirus outbreak to better protect themselves and their loved ones.
“AARP has a long legacy of outreach to Military Veterans, and we are seeking to expand our efforts to meet the needs of Veterans, members of the Military and their families who may be at particular risk during this public health emergency,” said AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel in a press statement.
“While all Americans are making changes to their daily lives, we know that older adults and those with chronic health conditions, many of whom are wounded, ill, or injured service members and Veterans, are at higher risk for serious illness and complications from coronavirus. AARP is continuing to step up our efforts to better serve family caregivers and their loved ones.”