(WBNG) — One group you may not expect is getting extra help to fight the pandemic. “The toxins that a lot of veterans have been affected by and very, very concerned relative to these presumptive conditions, auto-immune conditions that’s faced with Agent Orange and what we’re going to do relative to COVID,” said State Representative Pamela Hunter, who represents the 128th District. Veterans who testified during the meeting spoke of mental health needs and more regular health services. The meeting Friday included members of the federal Department of Homeland Security and representatives of both the state assembly and senate. Of particular concern to the legislature was elderly veterans in nursing homes and other vulnerable facilities. The New York State legislature met Friday to discuss how to best protect veterans from COVID-19. Lawmakers listened to veterans of all ages to learn what can be done to help them on a state level. As a veteran herself, one state lawmaker said the group deserves extra protection.