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Description of Service
VFW Unmet Needs was created in 2004 through a corporate partnership to assist military service members and their families who run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other hardships directly related to military service. Unmet Needs assists with basic life needs such as: mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food and clothing. Unmet Needs helps meet unanticipated financial demands on our service members' families that can't be remedied through existing means and provides our service members with the security of knowing that their families have additional support here at home.
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.
The Service Member or Veteran must have been Honorably Discharged from the Military, and served on active duty orders (excluding basic training, AIT, drill or annual training) within the past 36 months prior to applying.
The applicant must be the service member or eligible dependent listed under DEERS.
The hardship must be due to one of the following:
Military pay issue,
Military illness or injury,
The Hardship cannot be caused by:
Civil, legal or domestic issues, misconduct, or any issues that are a result of spousal separation or divorce,
Financial mismanagement by self or others, or due to Bankruptcy,
Applicants can receive funds only once every 18 months, and only twice total; all grants are paid directly to the creditor and not to the applicant. Second requests for assistance must be caused by a new situation and deployment.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Unmet Needs Program reserves the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis to the afore-mentioned criteria.