Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting applications from military service members who have been deployed in the last six years and have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity. Since the program's inception, Unmet Needs has distributed over $6.75 million in assistance to more than 4,300 qualified military families, with nearly half of those funds going directly toward basic housing needs.
The program provides financial assistance 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. Eligible expenses include housing and vehicle payments; utility or phone bills; food and incidentals; children's clothing, food, diapers, school, and childcare; and medical bills, prescriptions, and eyeglasses.
The hardship must be the result of deployment, a military pay issue, or military-related illness or injury (not civil legal, domestic, misconduct, or any other issue that is the result of spousal separation or divorce; or financial mismanagement by self or others, or due to bankruptcy).
To be eligible, the applicant must be a service member or eligible dependent listed under the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the VFW website.