More Tips For Military Families – #165


Funding for Military Families – Tip #165

I don’t know many military families that haven’t had to endure considerable financial stress at one point or another, our family included.  There are a lot of agencies and resources available but it is quite a lot of work to discover which ones are out to make money off your financial hardship by providing you with money that comes with high interest rates or fees and which ones are providing you with much needed financial support and relief with no strings attached (government or organizational grants, bursaries, etc.).

Before you go looking for funding determine what it is you need additional financial help with.  Are you looking for things like combat injured, housing assistance, compassionate grounds (travel expenses to attend family member’s funeral, education or basic needs (food, electricity, gas, etc.)?  You will need to apply for funding based on what your family’s needs are.

Some examples of financial needs are:

Combat Injured: Significant levels of financial support for those wounded in combat. This includes the “invisibly wounded” PTSD and TBI veterans

Housing Assistance: Support with rent or mortage payments, cannot afford any housing, etc.

Basic Needs: Assistance that keeps the lights on, food in the cupboards, the home warm and the primary family car in the driveway.

Education:Grants for college, to attend a special school or program to support a child’s needs, etc.

Useful Sites for American Families:

http://www.militaryonesource.com

http://www.vfw.org/Assistance/National-Military-Services/

http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/family-support/family-support-services

http://usacares.org

For Canadian Families:

http://www.sisip.com/en/Cfpaf_e/index.asp

http://www.familynavigator.ca/index.php/tools_for_families/financial_assistance/

http://www.consolidatedcredit.ca/personal-finances/life-events/military/general/

http://www.forces.ca/en/page/benefits-98

Useful Sites for British Families:

http://www.supportoursoldiers.co.uk

http://www.army.mod.uk/welfare-support/welfare-support.aspx

http://www.aff.org.uk/

http://www.soldierscharity.org/

** If you are living in another country, let me know and I will do my best to direct you to the financial services and support that I believe can genuinely help you. **

For more information about our tips, resources or books go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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