Apply for Assistance

The PenFed Foundation was the first national Veterans Service Organization (VSO) to launch a COVID-19 relief program for emergency financial assistance. The response to our program has been overwhelming with over 6,000 applications in 4 days.  In order to work through your applications and give each of them close attention, we had to suspend our COVID-19 Response program for the foreseeable future. We are also raising more funds to help meet the needs of those who have already qualified for assistance.  We are doing our best to prioritize the most urgent needs that fall within the scope of our program and are processing applications as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, click below for a list of resources for the Veteran and military community. Please also be sure to explore local and state resources available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Military Heroes Fund

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program

What We Support

The COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program was created to provide financial assistance to all Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is prioritizing assistance to those who have lost their primary/only income or have an increased financial burden as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1500 in the following areas:

  • Rent
  • Mortgage
  • Auto Loan/Lease
  • Utilities (Electric, Water, Heat)

All checks will be sent directly to the creditor or landlord after the grant is approved. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household.

What You’ll Need

  • DD214 or LES
  • A bill or statement for the requested expense
  • An explanation of how the financial setback is related to the COVID-19 pandemic (for example, loss of job due to quarantine and/or public health policies)

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this program you must be in one of the following categories:

  • A Veteran that has been honorably discharged
  • A current active-duty service member
  • Currently active in the Reserves
  • Currently active in the National Guard