VFW UNMET NEEDS PROGRAM
We understand the challenges veterans, service members and military families can face and believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. That's the premise behind the VFW's Unmet Needs program.
Unmet Needs is there to help America's military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury. The program provides financial aid grants of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant - not a loan - so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly.
The needs of our veterans, service members and their families should never go unmet. Let us offer you a hand up when you need it!
For additional information, and to see if you or someone you know qualifies for a grant through the Unmet Needs program, please review the Unmet Needs eligibility criteria.
If you have any questions, please send us an email or call us at 1-866-789-6333.
GUARDSMAN TO GUARDSMAN PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) and the State Family Program Office in conjunction with the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation provide grants for Pennsylvania National Guard members. The program is called the “Guardsman to Guardsman” or “G2G” program.
It offers a grant of up to $500 for Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families who show a qualifying need. To apply for the program, simply, contact your Family Assistance Center or Airmen/Family Program Managers. The approval authority for all grants rests with the State Family Program Director.
PNGAS receives donations to support the program and maintains the funds until distribution. PNGAS administers the program. This program is funded through unsolicited donations from local companies and citizens.
Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
MILITARY FAMILY RELIEF ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members. Eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500.
Examples of such financial need include:
» A sudden or unexpected loss of income, real or personal property, assets or support, directly related to military service, or exigent circumstances affecting, the service member.
» Emergency need for child care for which the applicant lacks financial resources.
» Natural or man-made disasters resulting in a need for food, shelter or other necessities.
» The death or critical illness of a parent, spouse, sibling or child resulting in immediate need for travel, lodging or subsistence for which the applicant lacks financial resources. (Service members serving in OCONUS locations must seek assistance through military channels for emergency travel prior to submitting for assistance from PA MFRAP. A statement from the service member's command (LTC or higher) that such assistance is not available, and why, will be required with each application.)
(Exigent Circumstances – Emergency or extraordinary situations or conditions resulting in an eligible Service Member being unable to provide the necessities of living for the member or the member’s dependents due to factors beyond the member’s control. The term includes, but not limited to, natural or manmade disasters, loss of home, loss of employment, disability or serious illness or injury.)
Eligibility: The Program applies to Pennsylvania residents who:
» Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard or Reserve Components of the Armed Forces (Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve).
» Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the active armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard).
» Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of state active duty for emergencies or duty under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard.
» Are members in good standing the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard or Reserve Component of the Armed Forces for a period of three years after completion of a qualifying tour of active duty of 30 or more consecutive days when the financial need is directly related to the member's active duty period.
» Are former members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve Components and the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard for a period of four years after medical discharge for medical disability incurred in line of duty while serving on a qualifying tour of active duty of 30 or more consecutive days when the financial need is directly related to the former member's service, to exigent circumstances beyond the eligible members control or the disability incurred in the line of duty of the military service.
» Are eligible relatives of qualified eligible service members in limited circumstances.
Applications: Application forms are available online below; or from DMVA, MFRAP, Bldg. 0-47, FTIG, Annville, PA 17003-5002 or from PNG Family Assistance Centers. Applications, with supporting documents, must be mailed to DMVA, MFRAP, Building 0-47, FTIG, Annville, PA 17003-5002. To expedite the application process, applications and supporting documents may be faxed to the MFRAP office (FAX Number: 717-861-8124).
Each application will be reviewed for eligibility and need prior to submission to the PA MFRAP Fund Committee for approval or disapproval. No application is automatically approved.
How to Contact the Red Cross for Assistance
The American Red Cross Hero Care Center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with two options for requesting assistance, online and by phone.
Submit a Request Online
You can initiate a request for Red Cross emergency assistance for members of the military currently serving on active duty by using the online self-service tool. Using a computer, smart phone or tablet, you can start a request for services and track its progress from anywhere in the world.
To speak to a Red Cross Emergency Communications Specialist call: 1-877-272-7337.
PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) helps communities and citizens mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human made disasters. PEMA supports county emergency management agencies by coordinating and engaging the whole community including federal and state partners, volunteer organizations involved in disasters, private sector business community and citizens
MILITARY ONE SOURCE
Military resource website providing 24/7 support for military personnel, spouses, family members and survivors on taxes, moving, spouse employment, MWR and more.
Are you a member of the National Guard or Reserve? Your TRICARE benefits can change depending on your military status—Inactive/Activated/Deactivated.
For more information, visit: www.tricare.mil/Reserve
Other Tricare questions please go to: https://tricare.mil
CHILD CARE AWARE® OF AMERICA
Child Care Aware is proud to partner with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs. To date we have served more than 10 million families and have created a network of more than 10,000 licensed child care providers.
OUR MILITARY KIDS
Our Military Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
The Tutor.com for U.S. military families program give eligible military families access to free online tutoring and free homework from live professional tutors in more than 16 subjects. Tutors help K-12 students, college students, service members and spouses going back to school or through a career transition. K-12 students can get help in more than 16 academic subjects, including algebra, chemistry, calculus, and physics. Adult learners can get back-to-school and career help, including GED prep and resume writing. Eligible members and the tutor work together in a secure online classroom, where they can chat, draw on a shared whiteboard, upload files, and browse the web together.
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SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RESPONSE COORDINATOR
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» Chaplain Bateman
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» Chaplain Qualmann
» Chaplain Brown
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Leisure Travel Services provides a range of travel services to active duty and retired military personnel, DoD civilians and their family members, and other members of the military community. We provide brochures and information on various attractions and points of interest in the surrounding area as well as other major travel destinations and more.
Defense Logistics Agency’s MWR provides programs and services designed to foster readiness and enhance the lives of Warfighters, families, civilians and retirees and other eligible patrons.
The Fort Indiantown Gap MWR program is designed to improve the quality of life for members of the military, their family members, military retirees and eligible civilian employees.
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