Resources for Financial Assistance
VFW Unmet Needs Program
Unmet Needs assists with basic life needs such as: mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food and clothing. The financial assistance is in the form of up to $2,500 in grants that do not need to be repaid. All grants are paid directly to the “creditor” (such as the electric company), and not to the individual. Each case is reviewed individually and acceptance determined by a committee. Eligible service members can download and complete a grant application.
USA Cares serves post 9/11 service members with programs in the following four areas:
- Combat Injured: Providing significant levels of financial support for those wounded in combat, in particular, those invisibly wounded by PTSD and TBI.
- Jobs Assistance:Reducing unemployment among post-9/11 veterans, particularly combat injured, Guard and Reserve. And, removing financial barriers to employment.
- Housing Assistance: Helping save privately owned or rented homes as military families have been disproportionately impacted by the housing crisis.
- Emergency Assistance: Keeping the lights on, food on the table and a family car in the driveway
Eligible service members can download and complete a online application
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
Emergency Financial Relief Program
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has provided disabled American veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with emergency financial relief and support services.
Emergency financial relief often covers expenses such as:
- Utility bills — gas, electric, water, cable, internet, and phone service
- Car payments and repair costs
- Mortgage and rent payments
- Groceries, baby formula, and household supplies
- School supplies and clothing
- Medical bills
Operation First Response-Wounded Warrior Financial Assistance Program
This program’s main purpose is to alleviate the financial difficulties facing Veteran’s and their families. Operation First Response serve all branches of our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from, rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, travel expenses to and from major medical facilities. Services are subject to funds available at the time of request. Services are available to Veterans that have been wounded, injured or are critically-ill.
Semper Fi Fund
Wounded Warrior Center Building H49
Camp Pendleton, California 92055
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 service members within 24–72 hours of request.
National Veterans Transition Services
4007 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92108
Assists veterans in transitioning from military service to civilian life. Services include early-stage cognitive-behavioral educational intervention, developing successful reentry plans, and helping transfer military training to the labor force.
Armed Forces Foundation
Family and Financial Assistance Program
The Armed Forces Foundation is dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs. They offer these vital programs to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve components, and their loved ones.
Family and Friends for Freedom Fund
Provides financial support grants to combat wounded service men and women from all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following: Financial assistance, Emergency food, Emergency home repairs, Critical baby items such as formula, food and diapers, Home and appliance repair, Furniture and household items, Local moving assistance, Community events and Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing.