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 assis-
ted-living situations and are incapable of self-support and in need of
regular personal assistance.
Vets or their survivors applying for the VA Improved Pension program.
NEW!! TIME SENSITIVE GRANT! July 2020
The Wayne County Veterans Service Fund has received a grant for
Veterans who have served in PEACETIME, newly eligible to benefit!
Of the grant money, $50,000 will go toward credit vouchers and gift
cards to be given to Veterans in need for food & household essentials.
The remaining $469,736 will be provided on a reimbursement basis for
Veteran's rent, mortgage, property taxes, transportation, medical, food
and clothing, as well as parking & transportation fees associated with
visiting the Veterans Services offices.
To learn about eligibility and to apply for a gift card, voucher
or reimbursement, Veterans are encouraged to call the Veterans
Services office at 313-224-5045 OR google Wayne County Veterans
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
For Emergency Travel, please look on this website under
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
- 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
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.
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 fin-
ancial 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 qualify-
ing 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.
Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF)
Michigan’s most popular state benefit for emergency
needs is the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF).
The MVTF provides emergency grants to help combat-
era veterans and their families weather unforeseen,
temporary financial emergencies. Emergency grants
cover expenses such as utility bills, home repairs,
transportation and mortgage assistance.
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 Who Fight, and Serve
Their Families.This is a WONDERFUL website filled with resources!
Operation First Response Inc.
20037 Dove Hill
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 home-
ownership, 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 fin-
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 mentor-
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 men-
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 pro-
grams and offers an array of base community enhancement
programs that improve quality of life for Airmen and their
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The Red Cross provides emergency communications that link
them with their families back home, access to financial assist-
ance 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
Roseville, MI 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 add-
ress the “total veteran” and his needs and making sure they
succeed after they are transitioned. We are a volunteer oper-
ated 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 train-
ing, 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 finan-
cial 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 appli-
cation must be submitted with the necessary documentation. For an
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
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
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 Fin-
ancial 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 mem-
bers and their families can make a request for funds through
the organization's website.
UNMET NEEDS PROGRAM
VFW National Headquarters
406 W. 34th
Kansas City, MO 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.
VFW Auxillary National Chapter
406 W. 34th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2721
The VFW Auxiliary offers cancer grants to members
who are battling cancer.
1. Applicant must be a member of the VFW Auxiliary
for one (1) full year
2. Current dues must be paid before applying for
a cancer grant
3. After twelve (12) months have passed from date
of diagnosis or last treatment, application will not
4. A member is allowed two (2) grants during lifetime.
Twelve (12) months must elapse between new diag-
nosis and/or treatment from date of first grant for a
second application to be considered. Continuous
treatment which lasts beyond the twelve (12) month
period will qualify for a second grant.
5. Application will be rejected if member has been
deceased for longer than 30 days.
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 National Association of Atomic Veterans
This group is searching for about 195,000 vets who were
exposed to radiation from atmospheric nuclear tests be-
tween 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. govern-
ment 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 verify-
ing 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
(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 phy-
sical 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 par-
ticipating lenders across the country. These loans, which are
available in amounts up to $500,000 can be used for most bus-
iness purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment pur-
chases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real
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.
COALITION TO SALUTE AMERICAN HEROES
552 Fort Evans 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 Ame-
rica’s Heroes was established to ensure that in return for the sac-
rifices 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) organ-
ization, the Coalition is among the nation’s leading charities whose
donors provide the wounded veterans and families of Operation En-
during 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 Ave. 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 humani-
tarian 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 vol-
unteers who run our various events. Additionally, all
officers and board members are also volunteers and to-
gether, we are extremely efficient in running our organi-
zation 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 disasters.
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. 11th, 2001.
Identifies the unmet needs of U.S. military personnel, Veterans
and their families, and provides the necessary resources to meet
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 extra-ordinary challenges military families experience (wag-
ing 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
o military families to help defray out-of-pocket costs associated
with autism treatments and other quality of life programs.
FREE COMPUTERS, ETC.
OPERATION WE ARE HERE
Operation We Are Here is a one-stop HUB of resources for
the military community and military supporters that offers:
- A clearinghouse of resources for the military community
- Practical insights in caring for the military community
- The ONLY interest-based list for military supporters
- Free Thank You cards to download, print and share
With the generosity of our supporters, our Operation Reconnect
programs provides computers to military families, providing them
the means to stay in touch across the miles.
- Adopt a military family programs (deployment, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
Financial assistance for:
- Families of the fallen (Gold Star families)
- Homelessness (or at risk)
- Military discounts and more
- Transportation assistance
FREE HELP FOR VEHICLES
Be sure to check on this website under
Keys to Progress
Since 2013, Progressive has been honoring veterans with
vehicle donations through the Keys To Progress® program.
So far, we’ve donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans
and veteran organizations.The one-day vehicle giveaway
event happens every November and is a strong source of
pride for everyone who works here.
Employees across the country volunteer to find vehicles
to donate, organize fund-raising activities to collect money
or goods to provide recipient families, and plan memorable
vehicle giveaway events for the veterans. By providing trans-
portation support, our hope is to offer a little relief and improve
the lives of military men and women facing tough circumstances—
from difficult personal and family health needs to excessive rent
burdens, unemployment and homelessness.
Every November, we host a one-day vehicle giveaway event for
veterans at various Progressive offices and authorized vehicle
repair facility locations across the United States. Counting this
year, we will have donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans
and veteran organizations since 2013. Applications are reviewed
starting in May of each program year and recipients are typically
selected and contacted by September 30th per year.
If you are a veteran and have interest in being a Keys to Progress
program vehicle recipient you need to apply through a non-profit
organization (e.g., charity, military association like a Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Veterans Administration (VA) hospital,
etc.) and meet specific criteria. (Visit the website for more detailed
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 per-
sonnel diagnosed with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. CAMO
offers an opportunity for veterans, their spouses/partners and care-
givers to reconnect with outdoor recreation activities through pro-
fessional 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 com-
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.
R.I.S.E. 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 predomin-
antly 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 inj-
ured, 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
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 tra-
ditions while finding new and exciting ways to serve our families of the
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 organ-
ization, 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
National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Ave. 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 Unifor-
med Services. NMFA awards an average of $500 for career fund-
ing 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 Nat-
ional 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
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.
1528 Chapala Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 888-4DREAMS 888-437-3267
Dream Foundation’s Dreams touch lives, meet essential needs
and provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.
Over the past two decades, our Dreams have provided psycho-
social and emotional support tailored to thousands of terminally-
ill adults and their families. Our work plays a critical role in the
special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life
for patients and their families. With the support of a nationwide
network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and
committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more
than 32,000 Dreams over the past 25 years.
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and
Hawaii, are 18 and older, are diagnosed with a life limiting illness
with a life expectancy of 12 months or less, and lack the resources
to fulfill the Dream themselves.
Dreams for Veterans
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and
Hawaii, are U.S. military veterans 18 and older diagnosed with
a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of 12 months or less,
can provide proof of U.S. military service* and lack the resources
to fulfill the Dream themselves. If the applicant is currently serving
on active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard, proof of service
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 Lands Lifetime Access Pass
through an inter-agency partnership between the U.S. Dept.
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 parti-
cipating 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 de-
tails 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:
1. Proof of residency
2. VA disability award letter, VA summary of benefits,
or proof of SSDI income
Second, the Inter-agency Access Pass may be obtained through the mail.
Follow the instructions on the website and pay the document processing
fee of $10. Once the application package is received by USGS, the docu-
mentation 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 inter-agency passes are issued, present photo
identification (e.g., Driver’s license, State ID, birth certificate, Passport,
or permanent resident card), provide documentation of permanent dis-
ability, 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 oppor-
tunities our National Parks provide many Veterans, with a service con-
nected disability rating, are entering Federal recreation lands and nati-
onal parks for free with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and
Federal Recreational Lands lifetime Access Pass through an inter-agency
partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park
Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Man-
agement, Army Corps of Engineers and the 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.