Run for the Badge 5K in Washington DC this October is taking the lead for 2020 National Police Weekend, a new event organized to recognize law enforcement officers.

The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of in-person National Police Week events in Washington DC in May. Now participants and supporters can honor law enforcement through Run for the Badge 5K and a series of weekend events. The run begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 through downtown Washington DC, benefitting the National Law Enforcement Museum whether you run, walk or participate virtually. Register today as an individual or create a 5K team.

National Police Weekend 2020 will include Family Day, memorial services and reading of the 2020 names dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, Honor Guard, Officer of the Month awards reception, and a special symposium on mental health in law enforcement.

While fundraising for Run for the Badge 5K is not a requirement, the goal of the event is to raise $100,000 to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve.

To become a sponsor, email Mary Petto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) confirmed that funds from the $850 million in Byrne Justice Assistance Grants can be used for "hazard pay" as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), according to Jim Curran of Karoub Associates. The BJA also shared important information about disability and death benefits related to contracting COVID-19 for officers and their survivors.

Public Safety Officers who can prove they were exposed to COVID-19 while working and contracted the virus because of that exposure may be eligible for disability benefits, and if they die because of COVID-19, their survivors may be eligible for death benefits.

Under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act and its implementing regulations, conditions caused by infectious diseases, viruses, and bacteria may be found to be an injury sustained in the line of duty.

To establish eligibility for benefits for a public safety officer’s death or disability due to COVID-19, the PSOB Act and regulations require evidence that it is more likely than not the disease resulted from the officer’s exposure to the disease or the virus that causes the disease, SARS-CoV-2, while performing a line of duty activity or action.

For more details on qualifications, please click here to read the Bureau of Justice Assistance letter.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has announced virtual events to honor law enforcement during National Police Week 2020, May 10-16, 2020, and that 2019 officers, who died in the line of duty, will also be traditionally honored in 2021.

Register here for the Virtual Candlelight Vigil at 8 p.m. ET May 13, which will take the place of the 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil traditionally held in Washington DC. The Virtual Candlelight Vigil will formally dedicate the names of 307 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and those who died earlier in history, who have not yet been recognized.

The vigil, which will include special remarks by more than 50 guests, will be broadcast via Verizon Media’s BUILD by Yahoo series and on its social platforms Facebook and Twitter, @VZUpToSpeed, as well as on and the Memorial’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter platforms. Those tuning into the vigil can also visit a web app to view the full list of fallen officers, with their name, rank and photo.

A virtual Memory Board video/watch party will be hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) at 7 p.m. May 14. Fraternal Order of Police will host a Memorial Video Event on May 15.

Additionally, NLEOMF annouced that the organizations who plan the main events of National Police Week will be honoring 2019 and 2020 officers who died in line of duty during 2021 National Police Week. This decision was made so all surviving family members and co-workers have the opportunity to honor the fallen in Washington DC.


The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) developed a chart detailing what to do next based on possible COVID-19 exposure.

Please click here for MDHHS "I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?" informational chart.

For more detailed information, please visit the website.

The Veterans Benefits Administration issued this statement about office closures on March 18, 2020:

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.

Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services. This decision protects our older Veterans and those with underlying conditions as well as our employees.

Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website at Veterans with claims specific or other questions may request information via Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) or telephone at 1-800-827-1000.

VBA benefits and services provided to Veterans, families, and survivors will continue to be delivered throughout the duration of COVID-19 impacts.

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Veterans Benefits Administration