Veterans and COVID-19: Projecting the Economic, Social and Mental Needs of America’s Veterans

March, 2020

This needs assessment report details the challenge of addressing the needs of veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights specific areas of need, such as economic and mental health.


The mission of the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is to find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help America’s impacted veterans, service members, and their families thrive. While COVID-19 is almost certain to affect all populations in all countries across the globe, in light of our mission we sought to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the populations we serve, starting with this report that focuses on veterans, to ensure that we play a leading role addressing the most pressing needs. Our veterans and their families are often the first to volunteer and the last to ask for help. They endure through adversity and are valuable contributors in communities around the country. Even now in times of great challenge, they will seek opportunities to help. Our goal is to ensure that as our veterans and their families face the same challenges as do all Americans today, the public officials, service providers, policymakers, grant makers, and other influencers in the communities where veterans reside, understand that they often do so while contending with other challenges related to their service. Any temporary or permanent changes to systems and policy should consider these factors.

Full Reference

Ramchild, R., Harrell, M. C., Berglass, N. and Lauck, M., 2020. Veterans and COVID-19: Projecting the economic, social and mental health needs of America's veterans. Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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