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USAA commits $2.3 million to military-focused nonprofits to support COVID-19 response

USAA and The USAA Foundation, Inc. have committed a total of $2.3 million to military-focused and national nonprofits to support America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This support is in addition to the $2.1 million that USAA has directed to local nonprofits in USAA communities.

Military-focused nonprofits included in the planned $2.3 million investment are:

  • The Association of Defense Communities/Blue Star Families COVID-19 Military Support Initiative
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • USO
  • We Care for America Foundation (EANGUS Foundation) Click here to join NGAT/EANGUS
 The funds will help provide meals and emergency financial assistance for military families, care packages for troops deployed overseas, and the development of best practices and policy recommendations to respond to and recover from COVID-19.  “All Americans are feeling the effects of this pandemic, including those who protect our freedom and their families,” USAA President and CEO Wayne Peacock said. “These organizations are on the front lines providing much-needed resources for military families, and we are honored to be able to help. It’s time for us to come together, to do our part; these resources are designed to provide relief during this crisis.”    
In addition, USAA and The USAA Foundation, Inc.’s philanthropic commitment will help address the blood-supply shortage through the American Red Cross and research to create lifesaving coronavirus therapies and vaccines by Texas BioMed Research Institute in San Antonio.  Previously, USAA announced a $1 million donation to five San Antonio-area nonprofits. It also is providing an additional $1.1 million to nonprofits in Phoenix, Tampa, Colorado Springs, Dallas/Fort Worth and southeastern Virginia.   USAA has taken several steps to protect employees and help members and our communities manage through this crisis. More information is available at www.usaa.com/coronavirus.

Texas Air National Guard member tests positive for COVID-19

 A Texas Air National Guard member from the 149th Fighter Wing has tested positive for COVID-19. They recently returned from Colorado and are self-isolating at home off-base.
A healthy work force is out top priority," said Colonel Meagan Erickson, Vice-Commander of 149th FW. "We have implemented rotating shifts to minimize contact and to ensure we have a healthy workplace, coverage in case someone gets quarantined, telework whenever possible, no outside customers and only one customer at a time as well as appointment only in customer service areas. We are also using our public health personnel to aid commanders and members in screening and with quarantine recommendations.
The Fighter Wing is monitoring the situation and working with state health officials to coordinate and respond in our area. Installation personnel and their families are receiving up-to-the-minute information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with addressing impact of local activities


"Protecting the health of our force is a top priority. We are taking proactive steps to ensure all components have up-to-date information and guidance as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid contracting or spreading respiratory illnesses like the flu or COVID-19. Leaders are ordered to maximize telework (by workforce category) and social distancing. "

Click here for Texas Military Department Information on the COVID-19


Texas Coronavirus Cases Prompt Gov. Greg Abbott To Activate National Guard

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is activating the Texas National Guard in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the state, which had at least 69 positive cases as of Tuesday morning. Abbott's announcement follows recently discovered instances of possible community spread in Webb, Tarrant, Matagorda and Brazoria counties, in addition to community spread identified earlier Montgomery and Dallas counties. On Sunday, Texas saw it's first coronavirus-related death when a resident in his late 90s died in Matagorda County with a pending test result, which later came back positive. In recent days, public schools and universities have shuttered classrooms and transitioned to online learning, some for the remainder of the semester, and Dallas and Harris County have closed bars and ended seated restaurant dining in the interest of social distancing. The Texas National Guard was last activated during Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 disaster that devastated the Houston area.

Pictured above: MG Tracy Norris, Adjutant General of the National Guard of Texas, speaks to the media during a news conference on coronavirus last month. Photo by: Gabriel C. Perez/KUT

National Guard Training Sites Closed to the Public Across the State

Based on prevention guidance from the CDC, TMD is suspending public access to these facilities.

  • Camp Mabry - Austin
  • Camp Swift - Bastrop
  • Camp Maxey - Powderly
  • Camp Bowie - Brownwood
  • Camp Bullis - San Antonio
  • Fort Wolters - Mineral Wells

TMD personnel must bring current military ID for access, as state and federal operations continue.