To all of our veterans and service members who have applied for the PenFed Foundation COVID19 emergency assistance program: The initial response to our program has been overwhelming with over 6000 applications in 4 days. We appreciate your patience as we work through your applications and give each of them close attention. We are doing our best to prioritize the most urgent needs that fall within the scope of our program. Your combined requests exceed our current financial resources but we will award every dollar we have for this program and ask for more from our donors.
Thank you for sharing your needs with us. In addition to deploying our emergency financial assistance, it enables us to advocate on your behalf with the military leadership, with Veterans Service Organizations and donors. We will amplify your needs in this process to help you maintain or realize financial stability through this very trying time.
Here are emergency financial resources available to service members and veterans:
Air Warrior Courage Foundation – The Foundation work closely with Red River Valley Fight Pilots Association in Virginia. They serve active duty, guard, reserve, retired military personnel and their families with financial assistance for medical, educational, other extraordinary expenses not covered by current military support systems. https://www.airwarriorcourage.com
Army Emergency Relief – Emergency financial assistance organization and dedication to “Helping the Army take care of its Own.” Help with emergency travel, rent or mortgage, appliance maintenance, minor home repairs, food purchases, health care expenses, utilities, initial rent and deposit. https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org
Code of Support – Dedicated to leveraging the nation’s full spectrum of resources to ensure all members of our military, veterans and their families receive the support they need and have earned. https://www.codeofsupport.org/
DoD Hardship Duty Pay – the Department created a new pay authority called “Hardship Duty Pay – Restriction of Movement”, or HDP-ROM, that allows Services to pay up to an additional $1500/month (prorated per day) for members and their families who are impacted during PCS or have to acquire temporary lodging that goes beyond normal TLE limit (which is 14 days) because of COVID-19. Read the memo here.
EverFi – Remote learning for K-12 students on a variety of topics, including financial literacy courses, character-building courses, our prescription drug safety program, digital wellness programs, etc. https://everfi.com/k-12/parent-remote-learning/
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society – They aim to provide financial, educational, and other assistance to military members, their families, and survivors in need. They use financial and non-financial resources to identify solutions to meet emerging needs and are committed to using their funds responsibly to help the most people. https://www.nmcrs.org
Operation Home Front – their programs offer relief by providing critical financial assistance and transitional housing programs, resiliency through permanent housing and caregiver support, and recurring family support to help military families overcome the short-term “bumps in the roads” so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. https://www.operationhomefront.org
Semper Fi Fund – Provides direct financial assistance and vital programming for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members and their families during hospitalization and recovery. https://semperfifund.org
USA Cares – Provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families. https://usacares.org/
Vets4Warrior – provides sustained, confidential peer support to any veteran, service member, family member, or caregiver whenever they have an issue, wherever they are in the world. They help before challengers turn into crises. https://www.vets4warriors.com
Wounded Warrior Project – Support services for wounded warriors https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs
Yellow Ribbon Fund – Dedicated to helping caregivers of wounded warriors. https://yellowribbonfund.org/
Yellow Ribbon Network – A tool Heroes can use to simplify their search for support when it’s needed, connecting one request with multiple non-profits positioned to help. Membership is free. https://www.yellowribbonnetwork.org/who-are-heroes