Financial Help for Military Families
In the past few months the National Military Family Association has seen an increase in calls from military family members seeking emergency financial assistance. Our Association does not have funds to give, but we try to point families to available resources. There are few national resources; most financial assistance resources are available in your local community. Below is a list of organizations we often refer families to when they ask about emergency financial funds.
Installation Support - If you are active duty, National Guard, Reserve, a survivor, or a retiree, the most reliable resource for you is your service relief society. The relief societies can provide eligible families with grants or no interest loans in emergency situations.
Veterans’ Service Organizations - Many Veterans’ Service Organizations, such as your local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, provide a wide variety of financial support to service members, veterans, and their families. Programs vary, but may include emergency financial funds, food pantries, and fellowship.
Local Nonprofits - The type of support provided by local nonprofits varies greatly from community to community. The nonprofit may have a regional presence, a national name, or only provide support to military families within a certain county. Operation Homefront is an example of a national nonprofit that provides regional support to active duty, wounded service members, and their families. The United Way and Salvation Army are two more examples of national nonprofits that deliver local support to community families and individuals.
Government Services - Sometimes, your local health and human services may be able to help you apply for government programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). To see if you qualify for any program provided through your local health and human services, dial 2-1-1 on your phone or visit their website to find your local office.
Oftentimes, community resources work together to provide services to individuals and families. If one organization is not able to help you in your situation, they can most likely refer you to another one that is better suited to provide assistance.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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