Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much you prepare for the worst and expect the unexpected. Veterans know all too well about “Murphy’s law.” For those that don’t recall this ever-insightful nugget of wisdom, here you go. Murphy’s law is that first, “Nothing is at easy as it looks.” Then, “Everything takes longer than you expect.” And finally, “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong… AND at the worst possible moment.”
So, when Murphy kicks you while you are down, where can you go to find Emergency Financial Assistance for Disabled Veterans? Luckily, there are many places ready to lend a helping hand! Military members are known for their traditions and history of helping others. These organizations are too!
Disable American Veterans – The DAV
The DAV offers emergency financial assistance for disabled veterans through their traditional Disaster Relief program and other ways. For example, they are giving grants to help eligible disabled Veterans who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
You do not have to be a member of the DAV to receive one of these grants, which could be up to $250, depending on available funds. You need to apply and provide proof of your service-connected disability and your loss of employment.
The PENFED Foundation
The PENFED Foundation was the first National Veteran Service Organization to launch an emergency financial assistance relief program. And, they have assisted over 1,100 military heroes, and they continue to find ways to provide financial support to Veterans.
Modest Needs Organization
Modest Needs Organization – www.ModestNeeds.org is on a mission to help families and individuals in a temporary crisis by providing short-term financial aid. Specifically, those working and living just above the poverty level, making them ineligible for most conventional social assistance. Unfortunately, because they live paycheck to paycheck (like many of us), they cannot prepare for a financial catastrophe.
But first, you must go to their website, create a login, have documentation, and create an application online. This takes about 30 -45 minutes to complete as you will be applying for the Homecoming Heroes Grant.
Operation First Response and Operation Homefront
www.operationfirstresponse.org is committed to assisting Veterans and their families. For many Veterans and families, the financial hardship began quickly. For others, it was after the domino effect of extra costs and lost wages. OFR will help all they can. The application is online.
www.operationhomefront.net This organization assists immediate family members of service members who are wounded, injured, ill, or deployed. The eligibility requirements are listed under each type of assistance provided and will guide you to your local chapter. So, on their site, click on “Get Assistance.” It will ask for your zip code and have an application to download.
www.saluteheroes.org The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has provided Disabled American Veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF) with millions of dollars worth of Emergency Financial Aid and support services since 2004. That is to say, the application and eligibility requirements are online.
www.usacares.org. USA Cares will assist all branches of service, regardless of rank, and treat you with the privacy and dignity you deserve in appreciation for your sacrifice and service. They help with financial and advocacy programs to post 9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans, and their families. And, they never charge fees nor accept repayment. Instead, they rely on donations from private citizens, businesses, and foundations for all funding.
These are just some of the organizations and options available willing to provide emergency financial assistance for disabled Veterans. There are SO MANY MORE out there! So PLEASE, if you or a loved one need emergency financial assistance, reach out for help. Maybe you are dealing with personal circumstances like you just lost your job or took a pay cut. Or perhaps there has been an increase in the out-of-pocket family health care expenses.
So, whatever the reason, PLEASE do not let your pride be the reason you don’t ask for help. We are all one big military family, and we don’t leave a brother or sister behind!
As always, thank you for your service, and thank you for reading! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to enter them below!