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.

Project VetAssist (www.vetassist.org) a free online service, guides 
Vets or their survivors applying for the VA Improved Pension program. 
Or email info@VetAssist.org.


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 
Services


ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS

For Emergency Travel, please look on this website under 
EMERGENCY TRAVEL RESOURCES


Medical Reimbursement Pension
Veterans Construction Communities Foundation
27735 Jefferson Ave. 
St. Clair Shores, MI  48081
Phone:  586-777-2115
Phone:  313-398-9308   Bill White 
Email:  contact@vcc.foundation
Website:  www.vcc.foundation
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 
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation
  • Meal Preparation
  • Transferring to & from bed
  • Personal care
  • Respite care
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Companionship  
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
Phone:  313-224-5045
Website:  www.waynecounty.com 
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 honorably discharged
  • 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 
  • Utility Shut-off Notice 
  • Foreclosure Notice 
  • Eviction Notice (Court Ordered Judgment)
  • Tax Notice of Property being taken for Delinquent Taxes 
  • Marriage License 
  • Birth Certificate or Proof of Legal Guardianship for Minor Children
For Deceased Veterans, also bring: 
  • Death Certificate 
  • 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 County:
29 Washington  
Monroe, MI  48161
Phone: 734-240-7359
Email:  
Website:  www.michigan.gov/dmva     

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
Website:  www.michigan.gov/dmva
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)
Phone: 1-800-MICH-VET
Website: 
www.michiganveterans.com/mvaaEmergencyAssistanceForm
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
Phone: 248-669-3312
Website:
http://www.militaryfamiliesunited.org/gold-blue-star-families
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
Phone:  888-289-0280
Email: info@operationfirstresponse.org
Website: https://www.operationfirstresponse.org
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:
  • rent
  • utilities
  • vehicle payments
  • groceries
  • clothing
  • travel expenses to and from major medical facilities

Military Warriors Support Foundation
211 N Loop 1604 E #250 
San Antonio, TX  78232
Phone: 210-615-8973
Website: https://militarywarriors.org/contact
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-
ancial 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 mentor-
ing. 
&
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-
toring. 
&
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)
Phone:  800-769-8951
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 
families.

AMERICAN RED CROSS 
Phone:  800-REDCROSS
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)
Phone: 866-878-6378
Army Emergency Relief provides Soldiers and their Families 
financial assistance in a time of need.  

COAST GUARD MUTUAL ASSISTANCE 
Phone: 800-881-2462
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
Website:  www.mmcrs.org 
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
Phone: 586-285-5606
Email:  info@vetsreturninghome.org 
Website: https://www.vetsreturninghome.org
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 
application form, go to http://www.guardfamily.org

Duskin & Stephens Foundation (U.S. Special Operations Community)
Website: https://www.duskinandstephens.org
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
Website: http://www.facesofvalorusa.org
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)
Website: http://www.supportmiveterans.org
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)
Website: http://www.fwsf.org
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
Website: http://www.operationfamilyfund.org
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
Website: 
https://www.operationonevoice.org/services-programs
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
Website:
http://specialopssurvivors.org/index.php
?page=financial-assistance
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
100 Broadway
Ossining, NY  10562
Phone:  914-432-5400
Website:  www.saluteheroes.org
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). 

USA Cares                 
P.O. Box 759
Radcliff, KY  40159
Phone: 800-773-0387
Email:  info@USACares.org
Website: www.USACares.org 
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
Phone: 816-756-3390
&
VFW Washington Office
200 Maryland Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202-543-2239
Website:
https://www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants
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
Phone: 816-561-8655
Website: www.vfwauxiliary.org
The VFW Auxiliary offers cancer grants to members 
who are battling cancer. 
Eligibility requirements:
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
      be accepted.
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.

SOLDIER'S ANGELS
2895 NE Loop 410  Suite 107
San Antonio, TX  78218
Phone: 210-629-0020
Website: https://soldiersangels.org/contact-us.html
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            
Phone: 1-800-729-7327
Website: www.naav.com 
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
Website:  www.woundedwarriorproject.org
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 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
Phone: 313-226-6075
Website:  www.sba.gov/patriotexpress
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 
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.

COALITION TO SALUTE AMERICAN HEROES
552 Fort Evans   Suite 300
Leesburg, VA  20176
Phone: 703-291-4605    Toll-Free: 888-447-2588
Email: info@saluteheroes.org
Website:  www.saluteheroes.org
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
Email: info@mc-lef.org
Website: https://www.mc-lef.org
OUR MISSION: 
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
Phone: 317-860-3009
Website:  www.legion.org 
PROGRAMS: 
National Emergency Fund:
Directs immediate cash grants to Legionnaires who are 
recovering from natural disasters.
Endowment Fund: 
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.  
Soldier's Wish: 
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
Website:  
https://www.act-today.org/our-funds/autism-care-
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
Email: opwearehere@gmail.com
Website: http://www.operationwearehere.com
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)
  • Air travel assistance
&
Financial assistance for:
  • Wounded warrior families
  • Families of the fallen (Gold Star families)
  • Financial guidance
  • Homelessness (or at risk)
  • Military discounts and more
  • Transportation assistance
  • Wishes granted


FREE HELP FOR VEHICLES

Be sure to check on this website under 
LOW COST CARS & CAR REPAIRS!

Keys to Progress
Website:
https://www.progressive.com/social
responsibility/keys-to-progress.html
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 
information.)


FREE VACATIONS FOR VETS!

CHALLENGE ASPEN
P.O. Box 6639
Snowmass Village, CO  81615
Phone:  970-923-3004
Email:  info@challengeaspen.com 
Website: www.challengeaspen.com 
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
Phone: 888-708-7757
Website:
https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/snowball-express
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-
munities.
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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.
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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 
independence.
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SNOWBALL EXPRESS!
Website:  www.SnowballExpress.org
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 
fallen.
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H.O.P.E.
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
Website:  www.vacationsforveterans.org
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 
vacations.

National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Ave.  Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-931-6632
Email:  info@MilitaryFamily.org
Website: https://www.militaryfamily.org/about-us
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Dream Foundation   
1528 Chapala  Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA  93101 
Phone: 888-4DREAMS   888-437-3267  
Website: https://www.dreamfoundation.org
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.
QUALIFICATIONS:
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.
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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 
is required.


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. 
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 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.                 












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