Yesterday, on Memorial Day we enjoyed some much-needed peace and relaxation. We barbequed, played in the pool, and enjoyed the company of the people we love. We can do this only because of the sacrifices made by those whom the day was designed to honor: the men and women who gave their lives so that we can have that peace we all cherish. Thanks and appreciation are insufficient to recognize and remember those we have lost. Perhaps the best honor is to serve as they served, and to meet the needs of those who have returned, leaving comrades on foreign soil. As we think about Memorial Day, we at TGH want to share some grants that have been created to help our nation’s military veterans and their families.
These three grants all share one quality, namely, the desire to give back to those who have already given so much.
The VFW’s Unmet Needs Program
The Unmet Needs Program awards grants of up to $5,000 for service members both active and discharged, and to their families to help with daily life expenses. The Unmet Needs website describes these expenses as “household expenses such as mortgage, rent, repairs, insurance, vehicle expenses such as payments, repairs, insurance, utilities and primary phone, food and clothing, children’s clothing, diapers, formula, school or childcare expenses, and medical bills, prescriptions and eyeglasses – the patient’s portion for necessary or emergency medical care only.” The application is online and there is no deadline to apply. If your military family, or a military family you know, has an unmet need, check out the comprehensive website to learn more.
Disabled Veterans National Foundation
Currently offering three grants for veterans and their communities, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation looks to help with a variety of needs. Three grants offer support to veterans and their families. The Health & Comfort grant “provides vital necessities like water, clothing, and health and hygiene items to veterans of all walks of life.” The Capacity Building grant of up to $25,000 is awarded to organizations “who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports.” Launching for the first time in 2017, the Technical Assistance grant is created to “empower [organizations] with knowledge, ideas, and a community of support among peers in their network.” Information for all three of these grants can be found on their website. It’s definitely worth a look.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $42 million dollars and awarded over 300 grants to help 2.5 million veterans and their families. Their goal is to reach “post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and the communities, caregivers, and care providers who support them.” The criteria for application is clearly outlined on the foundation website, and the fall proposal deadline is coming up on June 30, 2017. This grant seeks to aid veterans’ needs in “education and employment, rehabilitation and recovery, and quality of life.” You can read about grants awarded in 2016 on their website.
If you are seeking to honor the memory of our lost heroes by helping military members both active and discharged, we hope these grant ideas can get you started. If you’re not sure where to begin, or you’re ready to apply, Our team can help you with all of your grant needs. Contact us to set up a consultation today, and remember, the first consultation is always free.