Financial Assistance For Veterans Resources
In the 2010 American American Community Survey, one in 10 of the 12.5 million non-elderly veterans reported having neither health insurance nor Veterans Affairs health care. In fact, there are an estimated 1.3 million uninsured veterans across the nation. And for those 1.3 million soldiers, out-of-pocket medical expenses can often exceed their income.
But things are looking up. There are a number of available resources to help protect veterans from crippling medical debt. Here are just a few sources of financial assistance for veterans we’ve found:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs Grant
VFW will provide recent veterans with up to $2,500 in grants that don’t need to be repaid to cover unexpected financial need due to hardships associated with military service. See if you qualify.
National Association of American Veterans Emergency Assistance
The NAAV helps refer veterans and their families to financial assistance services. The organization also provides a free transportation service to medical appointments for veterans in the Washington, D.C. area. This eliminates an additional expense most people forget about when they plan their medical budget.
USACares Emergency Assistance Program
This program helps post 9/11 veterans pay essential bills, including food and utilities, by offering them an average grant of $650. Apply here.
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
Veterans who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible to apply for financial assistance to help alleviate financial difficulties.
Operation Family Fund
This organization provides grants to veterans who were severely disabled while serving in Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. The grants help these families pay anything from rent and medical bills to emergency transportation and vehicle repair. Apply here.
The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance
TFA awards families of eligible veterans with minor children cash grants to help pay for shelter, food, utilities and health expenses in order to keep children in a more stable environment. See if you’re eligible.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Aid & Attendance/Housebound Assistance
Many veterans who receive a VA pension don’t know they could also be eligible for an increased monthly pension through Aid & Attendance and Housebound assistance. Veterans who are bedridden or require the aid of another person in their everyday life due to a disability can receive additional financial aid by applying on the VA’s website.
Although these resources are all incredibly helpful to be aware of and take advantage of as a U.S. veteran, they won’t necessarily cover all medical expenses in the case of prolonged illness. And they definitely won’t provide the level of personalized support that online fundraising platforms are known for. So it’s good to also consider starting an online fundraiser as a means for financial assistance for veterans.
Friends and family can show their support for their veteran through comments, creating a community of love that’s already helped many people raise millions of dollars. So get a team together and start a fundraiser for your veteran today! They’ve fought for their country; all it takes is one click for you to start fighting for them.
Still need help? We believe GiveForward can help you fundraise to help with financial assistance for veterans.
GiveForward is the first place to turn when you or someone you love is facing a challenge. It’s the central rallying place for giving and receiving meaningful support. From sending a simple “Thinking of You” to raising money for out-of-pocket expenses, GiveForward empowers anyone to build a community and take action when it counts.