Coronavirus: Taking Care of Our People

The men and women who safeguard national security as military, civilians, contractors and their families are the department's most precious resource. DOD is committed to ensuring they have access to needed support services.

 

Protecting the Defense Department’s people is Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper’s top priority. Sustaining a strong workforce is crucial for maintaining readiness and security and supporting the department’s interagency partners and local communities in the fight against COVID-19. DOD is committed to ensuring its people are able to receive the support they need.

The American people expect at all times we're going to defend them from adversaries beyond our shores and protect our interests abroad. And to do that, we have to take care of our service members. That's our most important resource. Our most valuable asset [is] our people.

- Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper

The men and women who safeguard national security as military, civilians, contractors and their families are the department's most precious resource.

A strong workforce is agile and able to quickly recover when facing adversity.

Protecting the department’s people is critical to maintaining readiness. Those who serve are better able to support the mission when they know that their families are safe, their finances are secure and their organization is ready and able to provide the services needed to help them through difficult times.

DOD remains committed to ensuring the health and well-being of its people. The department provides a host of services to bolster personal well-being and offer assistance in times of need for service members, civilians and their families.

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Resolve

Our military community is determined. We will draw on our resources and resolve to take care of each other and fight through this together.

Gratitude

We are grateful for the support Americans are showing to our military community.

Responsible

Responsibilities are even greater now on our military spouses. The backbone of our families, they are balancing heavier loads of home, career, educator and caregiver.

We Need You

Be brave enough to reach out for help when you need it. Talk to family, a trusted friend, a mental health professional, a religious leader or your commander.

We Care

Take care of yourself and your family. Make time to keep mentally, physically and spiritually fit.

Resources

These websites provide important information and resources to deal with COVID-19:

MySymptoms.mil

This online tool assesses the likelihood someone may have COVID-19 based on a series of simple, anonymous, health-related questions and then provides resources to get more information or seek further assistance. Though designed with DOD personnel in mind, this tool is available to everyone.

Military OneSource - Coronavirus

Available 24/7, 365 days/year to help with handling stress and challenges related to COVID-19, as well as to provide non-medical counseling for all ages, emergency COVID-19 financial assistance and support. It is available to all service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and eligible family members. You may call 800-342-9647 or connect through live chat.

Military Health System

The Military Health System Mental Health Care webpage includes mental health care resources and links, including COVID-19 material. The MHS incorporates health care delivery, medical education, public health, private-sector partnerships, and cutting-edge medical research and development.

Veterans Crisis Line/Military Crisis Line

Free, confidential resource for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Responders are specially trained and experienced in helping service members and veterans of all ages and circumstances.

Disaster Distress Helpline

Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365 days/year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Provides guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities and states across the country during COVID-19.

Military Chaplains

Contact your local chaplain's office, which can provide support to build personal, unit and family readiness, as well as strengthen spirit and moral character.

OPM Employee Assistance Program

For all DOD employees, to seek assistance from the DOD Employee Assistance Program, contact your local EAP program office for consultation on problem-solving, counseling, crisis response, resource identification and specific COVID-19 resources.

Sexual Assault Resources

The Department of Defense has many resources available to help service members coping with an experience of sexual assault. As daily challenges continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DOD wants everyone to know that assistance for sexual assault remains available for all service members and their dependents.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. There are eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and serve as a homework source, or prepare you to land your next job.

Official DOD COVID-19 Guidance

Includes a repository of Force Health Protection Guidance, Military and Civilian Personnel Guidance and other policy documents.

Latest Guidance and Information

Coronavirus: DOD Response

The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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