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As coronavirus cases and deaths surge around the globe, Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris find out what is being done to help service members and veterans amid the pandemic.

Rod and Des talk with top officials of each of the relief organizations of the different service branches — Army Emergency Relief, the Air Force Aid Society, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. The officials discuss what their organizations have to offer and how COVID-19 has affected the ability of people in need to reach out to them.

The hosts also talk with Connecting Vets reporter Abbie Bennett to find out how much funding the VA is getting from the CARES Act stimulus package and what they are doing with the money.

Stars and Stripes' podcasters are working to get you information you need to help you get through this worldwide crisis. Stay safe, and subscribe today!

The full transcript of the podcast can be found here.

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