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How ingenuity overcame COVID-19 fears

Deanna Stone with Jim Manley.

Deanna Stone, LCSW at TVHS, poses with Jim Manley from the Bowling Green American Legion post 23.

By Hannah McDuffie, TVHS public affairs
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

As part of its Profiles from the Front Lines campaign, the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s (TVHS) public affairs office set out to find extraordinary health care workers performing extraordinary duties during the COVID-19 crisis.

One individual who soared beyond all expectations during the COVID-19 outbreak is Deanna Stone, TVHS social worker.

Stone plays an integral part of the housing and urban development team where she secures permanent housing for Veterans in need. Her job has many complexities, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stone struggled to find adequate housing for Veterans who were more susceptible to the virus.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working remotely and resources have been extremely limited for myself and Veterans,” said Stone. “Despite the challenges, I had the capability to admit those three Veterans into our program and place them in emergency housing.”

Because of the VA’s relationship with Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) and Stone’s ingenuity, Stone was able to refer and obtain adequate housing for the Veterans safely and quickly.

“Thankfully, the VA has worked closely with SSVF grantees, which allowed me to acquire emergency housing for these three Veterans,” said Stone. “Once I referred them, they were admitted and are now protected from potential COVID-19 exposure. It felt great to be able to provide hope during a time when despair seems so prevalent.”

One of the Veterans who was provided housing said he finally felt safe and did not have to worry about his wellbeing like before.

“I know my PTSD is still bad and that I need help,” the Veteran said. “But knowing that I have a roof over my head and food in my belly, I no longer feel helpless. I feel hopeful again.”

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