Emergency financial assistance for post-9/11 military service personnel/veterans, and their families. Grants-not loans. Help with PTSD, TBI, MST or combat injured, underemployment, career transition, housing, foreclosures, evictions, utilities.
Unseen Wounds Cost Veteran His Job
Problem: An Iraq war veteran had fallen behind on his car payment. He found himself facing a tough choice between paying the bills and providing food for his family of five.
Situation: The service member, who has been medically-discharged from Army service, was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost several soldiers in his charge. Having recovered from his physical injuries, the veteran continues to confront the lingering effects of war and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Upon returning stateside he found employment with the Veteran's Administration (VA), but eventually was forced to resign due to a PTSD-related incident and has attended in-patient treatment. While waiting for an increase in his VA compensation, the married father of three fell behind on his car payment, needed temporary help with the family grocery bill and contacted USA Cares for help.
Solution: USA Cares responded quickly to this Iraqi-war veteran and his families' request for assistance—granting $1,260. This money brought the car payment current and put food on the table for one month.