Butler VA Health Care System
Residing at the VA During COVID-19
Thursday, July 9, 2020U.S. Army Veteran Brian Burton started at the Butler VA’s Domiciliary (Dom), a residential rehabilitation treatment program, in January. A few short months later, everything changed for Veteran residents with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many groups and classes were cancelled during the pandemic, but my case manager Jeff was always available to me. He helped me work on my goals throughout the entire time that the COVID crisis was happening,” said Brian.
Brian was also able to use telehealth technology for his care. “I thought the process was really easy, and I felt like I was in his office with him.” Telehealth technologies allow Veterans to meet with VA providers virtually and send important health data from the comfort of their home (or the Dom!), using a computer or mobile device.
“The medical staff was also there for Veterans 100% during the crisis. For instance, I had a nagging cough for year and years. The nursing staff and my Provider determined that it was a side effect of a medication that I was taking, and for the first time in countless years, I am cough free.”
From physical distancing and mask-wearing, to regular cleaning and more virtual care, there have definitely been changes at the Butler VA these past few months, but one thing has remained the same, our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
“I want to say that I truly feel that God guided me to the Dom. It is truly the best place I have ever been. I have never had a counselor like the one I have now, he’s stayed the course with me. I feel blessed that I was here during this pandemic. I am truly impressed with the way we have been treated and protected.”
The Butler VA is here for our Veterans, and we will continue to make safety a priority. Learn more about safety measures currently in place: www.butler.va.gov