Many Veterans and their dependents are not aware that there are different types of pensions available
no matter how old you are!
Parents DIC: A monthly benefit paid to parents of veterans who die in service or as a result of a service-connected disability. There are qualifying income limits and the amount available is based on the parent's monthly income.
Death Pension: A monthly benefit paid to unmarried surviving spouses and dependent children of wartime veterans whose death is not due to a service-connected disability.There are qualifying income limits and
the amount payable varies based on the amount of other income. There is no age limit!
Veteran Pension: Dependent on the Veteran's monthly income...designed to bring Veterans up to a basic standard of living. There is no age limit!
Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit: Wartime veterans and surviving spouses who have in-home care
or you live in nursing homes or assisted-living situations and are incapable of self-support and in need
of regular personal assistance.
Project VetAssist (www.vetassist.org) a free online service, guides vets or their survivors applying for
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
Medical Reimbursement Pension
Veterans Construction Communities Foundation
27735 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
Phone: 313-398-9308 Bill White
Veterans and surviving spouses may qualify for a "Non-Service" related "Medical Reimbursement Pension" through the Department of Veterans Affairs.This pension allows eligible Veterans and
their spouses with:
- Help with bathing & dressing
- Transferring to & from bed
Call for more information on the qualifications & process!
Wayne County Soldiers & Sailors Relief Service Group
Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Emergency Grant Fund
Grand Park Centre
28 West Adams, Suite #1710
Detroit, MI 48226
Veterans can obtain financial assistance from the Soldiers & Sailors Relief and the Michigan Veterans Trust Funds. Assistance may be granted to an indigent veteran, or a spouse, widow/widower, or minor children
of a veteran.
To be eligible you must:
- Have recognized wartime service (including women's auxiliaries) or an expeditionary medal
- Be unable to provide the basic necessities of life without causing hardship to you or your family
Recognized War Periods:
Persian Gulf 8/2/1990 to Present
Vietnam 2/28/1961 to 5/7/1975
Korea 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955
Word War II 12/7/1941 to 12/31/1946
WWII & Russian Service also recognized
Please bring the following documents:
- DD-214 (Military discharge) or Service Letter (MUST BE LEGIBLE)
- Valid State of Michigan Photo ID
- Verification of Income and Expenses
- Eviction Notice (Court Ordered Judgment)
- Tax Notice of Property being taken for Delinquent Taxes
- Birth Certificate or Proof of Legal Guardianship for Minor Children
For Deceased Veterans, also bring:
- Itemized funeral bill, if apply for burial reimbursement
If you do not have the required documents, we will provide you with a checklist
and ask that you return when you have the missing documentation.
29 Washington St.
Monroe, MI 48161
Soldiers Relief Commission
In some counties, emergency relief grants are available to Michigan veterans who do not meet Michigan Veterans Trust Fund criteria. Funds are limited, so the commission makes an effort to refer veterans who
are eligible to other sources of financial assistance. Contact your county Veterans Affairs office.
Michigan Military Family Relief Fund
Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs
P.O. Box 30261
Lansing, MI 48909
The M.F.R. Fund provides financial assistance to families of soldiers suffering financial hardships as
a result of active-duty or a line-of-duty related injury or illness. The M.F.R.F. enables the Department
of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide grants of up to $2,000 in a calendar year to qualifying military families of Michigan's active-duty Army National Guard, Air National Guard and military reserve members. The funds can be spent on clothing, housing, medical, services, utilities, or any other related necessities
of daily living. The need would have to occur while a family member is on active duty, or be the result of
a line-of-duty related injury or illness.
Download an application from the site.
Families United for Our Troops
P.O. Box 930073
Wixom, MI 48393
Military Families United is a national coalition of Blue Star, Gold Star, Next of Kin, Veterans, and Patriotic American Families whose mission is to Honor The Fallen, Support Those WhoFight, and Serve Their Families. This is a WONDERFUL website filled with all types of resources for military members & families!
Operation First Response Inc.
20037 Dove Hill Rd
Culpeper, VA 22701
We serve all branches of our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injury or illness, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life to the civilian world.
Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from:
- travel expenses to and from major medical facilities
Military Warriors Support Foundation
211 N Loop 1604 E #250
San Antonio, TX 78232
Military Warriors Support Foundation awards payment-free vehicles to combat wounded veterans and to unmarried Gold Star spouses whose loved ones were Killed-In-Action.
Requirements to Apply:
Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, founded by LTG. Leroy Sisco (Ret),
in 2007. Our mission is to provide support and programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star families.Our programs focus on housing and homeownership, recreational activities, transportation assistance and leadership development.Through
our programs, we award mortgage-free homes and payment-free vehicles to combat wounded heroes and Gold Star spouses. In addition to the home or vehicle, the families receive family and financial mentoring.
1. Must be a combat wounded veteran from any American military conflict or be an unmarried spouse of a veteran who was KIA during combat or combat training (Purple Heart recipients given priority)
2. Must be honorably retired or separated from the military or within 90 days of discharging
3. Must be able to obtain vehicle insurance
4. Must not have more than 1 vehicle loan/lease per household
Services Provided by our Programs
Homes4WoundedHeroes & Homes4GoldStars program awards mortgage-free homes to combat wounded heroes injured while in service to our country. In addition to the home, the recipient will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring.
Apartments4Heroes provides a payment-free 1 year lease, in an apartment complex. In addition to the apartment, the recipient will receive 1 year of family and financial mentoring.
Transportation4Heroes Awards payment-free vehicles to combat wounded heroes injured while in service
to our country & Gold Star spouses who’s loved one made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In addition to the vehicle, the recipient will receive 1 year of family and financial mentoring.
Skills4Life provides recreational outings and peer-to-peer mentorship with hunting, fishing and golfing adventures.
Leadership4Life program provides a 2-year program to help veterans transition the skills they acquired in the military into the leadership skills for the civilian workforce.
WellnessRides4Heroes provides no-cost transportation to get veterans to and from their medical appointments. (Only available in Bexar County).
AIR FORCE SOCIETY (AFAC)
The “official charity of the US Air Force”, the AFAC provides emergency assistance, sponsors education assistance programs and offers an array of base community enhancement programs that improve quality
of life for Airmen and their families.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The Red Cross provides emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access
to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies, information and referral and assistance to veterans.
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF (AER)
Army Emergency Relief provides Soldiers and their Families financial assistance in a time of need.
COAST GUARD MUTUAL ASSISTANCE
Assists during a time of financial need. Assistance is provided through counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means.
NAVY / MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY (NMCRS)
875 N. Randolph #225
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 800-654-8364 OR 703-606-4901
The NMCRS provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need.
VETERANS RETURNING HOME
17955 E 11 Mile Rd
Roseville, Michigan 48066
The goal of Vets Returning Home is simple: to end chronic homelessness among veterans in our communities. Our mission is complex, requiring more than putting a roof over the veterans’ heads.
It requires an approach that address the “total veteran” and his needs and making sure they succeed
after they are transitioned. We are a volunteer operated 11,000 square foot facility with 43 beds and commercial kitchen. 6 of the 43 beds are dedicated to females only. We provide a stable and sober living environment to veterans in crisis. Onsite services including employment readiness training, aid with job placement, disability benefit connection, legal support and life skills training. Community support both physical and financial has been vital to our ability to continue our mission. Vets Returning home receives
NO government funding. We have successfully transitioned on average 250 veterans a year back into society as a fully functioning community member.
The Michigan National Guard Family Fund
was created to assist Air and Army National Guard families who experience financial difficulties with temporary emergency financial assistance, and to fund programs and training to maintain and improve
the quality of life of our Michigan National Guard families. The fund provides for up to a $500 grant to soldiers and airmen and their family members who encounter financial hardships. An application must
Duskin & Stephens Foundation (U.S. Special Operations Community)
The mission of the Duskin & Stephens Foundation is to support the United States Special Operations Community through direct support to families of fallen operators, healing programs designed to combat
the effects of PTS, TBI and loss of a loved one, and youth scholarships for children of active duty members of our community.
Faces of Valor USA
Faces Of Valor USA is a non-profit organization with a mission to raise money for scholarships and financial aid for men and women in the military, fire, police and EMS services who have been injured or killed in the line of duty as they have protected us and provided safety and security for our American way of life.
Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans (Michigan)
The Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans (MBHV) is a registered non profit charity that receives donated funds to distribute in Michigan to provide assistance to deserving families of the fallen and/or wounded service personnel, or veterans in critical financial need.
The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (Michigan)
The mission of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund™ (FWSF) is to support Michigan-based soldiers
who serve and protect our country. We are a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization. We are honored to help injured soldiers pay their living expenses, and provide assistance to the families of the fallen.
Operation Family Fund
Our mission is to assist the injured and families of the those who have been injured or killed as a part of
the Global War on Terrorism, whether domestic or abroad, military or civilian, with financial grants for transitioning to their new circumstances and achieving financial self-sufficiency.
Operation One Voice
Operation One Voice provides emergency and/or immediate support to wounded or fallen SOF families on
a case-by-case basis working directly with the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition.
Special Ops Survivors
Emergency Financial Aid
There are times in life when the unexpected occurs and surviving spouses might find themselves in a difficult financial situation. Special Ops Survivors can provide a small amount of money to help survivors who find themselves in these situations. These funds are intended to cover critical expenses such as insurance deductibles and car repair bills.
Salute American Heroes
Ossining, NY 10562
Offers several programs such as Homes For the Wounded, Kids Camps, Family Support Network, and Emergency Financial Aid (pays for utilities, mortgage & rent, groceries, car payments including deposits
and repairs, home repairs, air travel & lodging, school supplies & clothing, medical bills & co-pays and loans).
P.O. Box 759
Radcliff, KY 40159
The mission of USA Cares is to help service members and their families around the globe by helping with emergency expenses. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has assisted more than 3,010 families
and resources more than $1.2 million in grants for emergency needs like clothing, travel, food, auto repair, and other expenses.Service members and their families can make a request for funds through the organization's website.
UNMET NEEDS PROGRAM
VFW National Headquarters
406 W. 34th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
VFW Washington Office
200 Maryland Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
The VFW offers a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping veterans of every generation. Whether that means providing free, professional help filing or appealing a VA claim, offering scholarships
for post-secondary education or providing emergency financial relief when times get tough, the VFW is
there for America's veterans.
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
San Antonio, TX 78218
Soldiers' Angels has programs to support military families, deployed service members, wounded heroes,
and veterans of all eras. Our programs are broken into categories based on the population they serve.
Most of our programs could not be possible without the support of our wonderful Angel volunteers who dedicate their time, money, and talents to the organization.
The National Association of Atomic Veterans
This group is searching for about 195,000 vets who were exposed to radiation from atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962 OR as part of the occupation forces at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These men and women could receive a one-time $75,000 benefit from the U.S. government under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990 or a monthly disability payment of up to $2,673 from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs if they contracted any of 21 different cancers traced to radiation exposure. Few veterans have applied for these benefits.Their widows and children are eligible too, if their family member died
before receiving a benefit. Applicants need medical records and location of exposure. Once the application is filed, government lawyers ask the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for help in verifying the claim.
Wounded Warrior Project
7020 AC Skinner Pkwy. #100
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 877-832-6997 OR 904-296-7350
Provides the following programs:
Grants to VA Hospitals to purchase life-enhancing and life-saving equipment (Healthcare for Heroes)
Provides money to organizations dedicated to providing affordable housing to veterans
(Housing for Heroes)
Provides used adapted vans donated to or purchased directly by the organization. Additionally,
they may assist in adapting a vehicle for a veteran who meets certain financial guidelines
(Vans 4 Vets)
Wounded Warrior Project starts at the beds of the severely injured as they undergo treatment and rehabilitation at the Dept. of Defense facilities and throughout their rehabilitation.To be eligible the
veteran must be an honorably discharged veteran of the United States military and have a severe
physical disability which leaves him/her in a wheelchair. Also, the veteran's income must fall within
the poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs for a single person or family.
Patriot Express Pilot Loan
Available to active-duty service members as well as veterans and their spouses. The Small Business Association is making the Patriot Express loan available through its network of participating lenders
across the country. These loans, which are available in amounts up to $500,000 can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory
or business-occupied real estate purchases.
Military Reserve Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Up to $1.5 million that can be used to help reservists prepare their businesses before they leave.
They can also be used to help manage their businesses while they are gone.
COALIITION TO SALUTE AMERICAN HEROES
552 Fort Evans Road, Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-291-4605 Toll-Free: 888-447-2588
For the thousands of seriously wounded veterans in Afghanistan and Iraq, the struggle to overcome
the challenges in their lives caused by the injuries and illnesses they sustained in combat is one that
must be endured every day.The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes was established to ensure that
in return for the sacrifices they made for us, these wounded veterans and their families receive all the support needed to restore their hope and rebuild their lives.Founded in 2004 as a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, the Coalition is among the nation’s leading charities whose donors provide the wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn the aid and assistance needed for their long roads to recovery.
MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION
273 Columbus Avenue Suite 10
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
Phone: 877-606-1775 Toll free
Thanks to our generous donors, MC-LEF currently establishes a $35,000 educational account for every
child who loses a parent serving in the United States Marine Corps or any Federal Law Enforcement
Agency. Since our founding in 1995, MC-LEF has awarded over $78 million in educational accounts and
other humanitarian assistance to over 4100 recipients. We have only one paid employee and, therefore,
the vast majority of our efforts are performed by a dedicated group of volunteers who run our various events. Additionally, all officers and board members are also volunteers and together, we are extremely efficient in running our organization so that donor funds are predominantly used to accomplish our
mission of Educating the Children of Those Who Sacrificed All.
AMERICAN LEGION CHARITIES
P.O. Box 361626
Indianapolis, IN 46236
National Emergency Fund:
Directs immediate cash grants to Legionnaires who are recovering from natural diasters.
Legion posts are also eligible for emergency assistance.
Funds Temporary Financial Assistance grants to Veterans with children in need and Department
Service Officer Schools so service officers can provide quality assistance to Veterans.
Legacy Scholarship Fund:
Provides scholarship money for children whose parents have died on active-duty since Sept.
Identifies the unmet needs of U.S. military personnel, Veterans and their families, and provides
the necessary resources to meet those needs.
FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES! Click on the Yellow Star!
FREE HELP FOR FAMILIES WITH AUTISTIC CHILDREN
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today) for Military Families
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services to families that cannot afford the treatments and services their children require. Recognizing the extraordinary challenges military families experience (waging a battle on two fronts...one for their country and another for their children), ACT Today! for Military Families is a dedicated fund to assist military families impacted by autism. ACT Today! for Military Families works to improve awareness and delivery of effective autism services, and provides financial assistance to military families to help defray out-of-pocket costs associated with autism treatments and other quality of life programs.
FREE VACATIONS FOR VETS!
P.O. Box 6639
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) provides adaptive therapeutic recreation and wellness experiences for military personnel diagnosed with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. CAMO offers an opportunity for veterans, their spouses/partners and caregivers to reconnect with outdoor recreation activities through professional adaptive instruction for summer and winter sports. CAMO encourages participants to attend one summer and one winter retreat so they can be exposed to one or more activities that may open the door to continued health and wellness.
If you are interested in attending a CAMO retreat, please follow these steps:
1) Please refer to our eligibility guidelines to make sure you qualify.
2) Fill out the online application.
3) Read, sign and submit the Drug and Alcohol Policy form.
GARY SINESE FOUNDATION
PO Box 368
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
HOME MODIFICATIONS, MOBILITY DEVICES & ADAPTED VEHICLES
First Responders Outreach, we provide help to critical funding for emergency relief, training, and essential equipment to ensure these heroes perform to the best of their abilities.heroes next door. We also help those that are severely wounded in the line of duty by building 100% mortgage-free, specially adapted smart homes, as well as home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to restore their mobility and independence.strengthen our defenders
Through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s First Responders Outreach, we provide help to critical funding for emergency relief, training, and essential equipment to ensure these heroes perform to the best of their abilities.
SPECIALLY ADAPTED SMART HOMES
We’re constructing one-of-a-kind specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded heroes. This initiative predominantly supports our Post 9/11 defenders, that were injured in combat operations or during training while performing their duties.These 100% mortgage-free homes ease the
daily challenges faced by these heroes and their families who sacrifice alongside them. We’re also providing home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to our injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging heroes. Many wounded heroes lack the means to update their homes and customize their transportation
to suit their individual needs. We’re providing our injured, wounded, ill and/or aging heroes with the resources they need to regain their mobility and independence.
Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express serves the children of fallen military heroes. In 2017, Snowball Express became an official Gary Sinise Foundation initiative. We are committed to maintaining the wonderful traditions while finding new and exciting ways to serve our families of the fallen.
Heal, Overcome, Persevere & Excel. Our H.O.P.E. initiative provides complete support to those who have experienced trauma, illness, injury, or loss during their times of urgent need, sometimes with assistance as simple as help paying bills or buying groceries.
Vacations for Veterans LLC
9435 Lorton Market St, #105
Lorton, VA 22079
Vacations For Veterans seeks to provide a week of free lodgings to veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for action in any military campaign after 2001.Though it would be our honor to help all veterans, due to the small size of our organization, Vacations For Veterans has a very limited mission to help only Purple Heart Medal recipients during this time period in an effort to help our younger veterans, most of whom cannot afford vacations.
National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
Military Spouse Scholarships
NMFA can help fund education, career, or business goals for military spouses. The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better
contribute to their family’s financial security. Our scholarships are awarded to spouses of members
of all Uniformed Services. NMFA awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1000 for degrees.
Up to $2500 is available for clinical supervision towards licensure in the mental health profession.
Spouses are also eligible for funding, typically $1000, to build their own businesses.
At Operation Purple Camp we embrace being “purple” and bring together military kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components, to a unique and memorable summer camp experience.
Operation Purple Family Retreats provide military families with the opportunity to reconnect as a family.
We are bringing families to beautiful outdoor locations in order to provide fun family-oriented activities
and the ability to spend quality time together. We’ve tailored a special retreat program that is designed
to support wounded service members and their families. The Operation Purple Healing Adventures program celebrates rediscovering family-fun and togetherness after an injury.
Operation Purple Buddy Camp gives younger military kids, ages 5-8, the experience of Operation Purple Camp, combined with one-on-one bonding and resiliency-strengthening experience with their adult “buddy.” The adult can be mom or dad, grandparent or guardian.
FREE FEDERAL PARK PASSES FOR VETERANS!
Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal recreation lands
and national parks for free with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and Federal Recreational Landslifetime Access Pass through an interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. Good for entry into thousands of federally managed recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you for the service and sacrifices of U. S. Veterans with disabilities. The Access Pass admits the pass owner and any passengers in a single, private vehicle (non-commercial) at per-vehicle entrance and day use fee areas; or, the pass owner plus three additional adults where per-person fees are charged. In addition to free entry at participating sites, the Access Pass includes discounts on some expanded amenity fees such as camping. Sites recommend that pass owners check with each site before visiting for details about Access Pass entry and discounts.
Veterans who have been medically determined to have a disability are eligible for the Lifetime Access Pass—with three options for obtaining the pass:
First, Veterans with disability documentation can order the Access Pass online for a $10 processing fee which includes standard shipping. Documentation required includes:
•Proof of residency
•VA disability award letter, VA summary of benefits, or proof of SSDI income
Second, the Interagency Access Pass may be obtained through the mail. Download a paper application
from https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass. Follow the instructions on the website and pay the document processing fee of $10. Once the application package is received by USGS, the documentation will be verified and a pass imprinted with the pass owner’s name will be mailed to the applicant.
Passes ordered online or through the mail will be delivered 3 to 4 weeks after receipt of documentation and processing payment.
Third, an option is for disabled Veterans to visit a participating federal recreation site where interagency passes are issued, present photo identification (e.g., Driver’s license, State ID, birth certificate, Passport,
or permanent resident card), provide documentation of permanent disability, or read and sign a Statement
of Permanent Disability affidavit. That’s It. The Pass is free and issued at the time of entry.
Make sure to have photo ID available when using your Lifetime Access Pass and enjoy the majestic
scenery and abundant recreational opportunities our National Parks provide many Veterans, with a
service connected disability rating, are entering Federal recreation lands and national parks for free
with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime Access Pass through an interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. Good for entry into thousands of federally managed recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you
for the service and sacrifices of U. S. Veterans with disabilities.