Changes to VFW’s Unmet Needs Program
from VFW Auxiliary
The VFW’s Unmet Needs Program provides grants to active-duty service members, veterans and their families to assist them with basic life needs. The program provides financial aid of up to $1,500 in the form of a grant – not a loan – so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, the creditor is paid directly.
Unmet Needs can help families get back on their feet by helping them with the following:
* Household expenses – mortgage, rent, repairs and insurance
* Vehicle expenses – payments and insurance, major vehicle repairs
* Utilities – gas, electric and water
* Food and Clothing
* Children’s well-being – formula, diapers, school and child care expenses
* Medical bills, prescriptions & eyeglasses – the patient’s portion for necessary or emergency medical care only.
Unmet Needs was previously restricted to those who had been deployed in the last six years and had run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity.
Eligibility requirements have changed and now the financial hardship must be due to one of the following:
* Currently on active duty, whose financial hardship is a result of a current deployment, military pay error, or from being discharged for medical reasons.
* Discharged on or after September 11, 2001, whose financial hardship is a direct result of your military service connected injuries and/or illnesses that are causing an employment hardship.
* Discharged prior to September 11, 2001, who are on a fixed income (VA compensation, SSI, SSDI) and/or your financial hardship is an emergency situation.
Please be aware that the application is ONLY online. If you don’t have a computer or aren’t computer savvy, call your nearest VFW hall and ask for assistance in submitting an application.
For more information and to review the Unmet Needs eligibility criteria and application, please click here.