Money Help for Veterans
After giving so much for their country, it’s surprising how many veterans struggle financially. Finding ways to make ends meet while transitioning to civilian life can be a challenge and identifying sources for long-term support after sustaining an injury related to your service isn’t always easy. Luckily, there are organizations that can help. Here are a few worth checking into if you are a veteran.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
The US Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, is a federal agency dedicated to assisting veterans in numerous ways. Most commonly, financial support through the VA is aimed at disabled veterans through the disability compensation program. However, they also have special monthly compensation available to those who need the aid or direct attendance of another individual or who suffered specific losses, such as a hand or leg.
They can also provide housing grants for disabled veterans who need a home that accommodates their specific needs as well as certain special circumstance claims that are assessed on a case by case basis.
In addition to VA help, there are lots of organizations that provide loans to veterans in need.
Operation First Response
If you are a wounded or disabled veteran, Operation First Response may be able to provide you with the financial assistance you need. Support can be given at the onset of a significant illness or injury, through the recovery period, as well as during the transition from military service to civilian life.
They provide funds to help with a variety of needs including housing, utilities, vehicle payments, travel expenses, clothing, and food.
The Coalition to Salute American Heroes
Disabled veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn may be eligible for assistance through the Coalition to Salute American Heroes. They can provide funds for bill payments of various kinds as well as educational resources and support when dealing with a long rehabilitation period.
USA Cares operates multiple programs offering different forms of financial aid. Most notably, the organization works to remove financial barriers impacting a former service members ability to attend inpatient treatment for a variety of conditions through the Combat Injured program and helps to prevent foreclosures and evictions through the Housing Assistance program. Emergency assistance is also available for financial stresses related to prior service, allowing veterans to have money for bill payments, food, and utilities.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign Wars, also known as the VFW, has a variety of assistance programs designed to help veterans of any age. One service they offer is a form of emergency financial relief to those experiencing a hardship through the Unmet Needs program. Help is available in amounts up to $5,000, and the money is considered a grant, not a loan. This means veterans do not have to worry about paying the VFW back if funds are provided. They can pay creditors directly, meaning you don’t have to worry about handling the payments yourself, further easing the burden of getting assistance. The money can be used for a variety of basic life needs, so you aren’t restricted to a single category if you apply.