Veterans of Foreign Wars - Unmet Needs

Veterans of Foreign Wars

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General Information
Description of ServiceVFW Unmet Needs was created in 2004 through a corporate partnership to assist military service members and their families who run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other hardships directly related to military service. Unmet Needs assists with basic life needs such as: mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food and clothing. Unmet Needs helps meet unanticipated financial demands on our service members' families that can't be remedied through existing means and provides our service members with the security of knowing that their families have additional support here at home.

The financial assistance is in the form of up to $2,500 in grants that do not need to be repaid. All grants are paid directly to the "creditor" (such as the electric company), and not to the individual. Each case is reviewed individually and acceptance determined by a committee.

Expenses Eligible for payment:
  • Housing expenses – mortgage, rent, repairs, insurance;
  • Vehicle expenses – payments, insurance, repairs;
  • Utilities and primary phone;
  • Food and incidentals;
  • Children’s clothing, diapers, formula, necessary school or childcare expenses;
  • Medical bills, prescriptions & eyeglasses – the patient’s portion for necessary or emergency medical care only.
Ineligible Expenses:
  • Credit cards, military charge cards or retail store cards;
  • Personal, student and payday loans;
  • Travel, Funeral Expenses;
  • Cable, Internet, or secondary phones;
  • Investigational or cosmetic medical procedures & expenses;
  • Taxes;
  • Child support, alimony, or legal expenses;
  • Military debt, or debt owed to a friend/family member;
  • Furniture, electronic equipment or vehicle rentals;
  • Down payments on homes, vehicles or insurance deductibles;
  • Reimbursements for items already paid for;
  • Bills obviously due to excessive use or mismanagement.
Geographical AreaUnited States. (Includes all PA counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York)
Intake ProcedureEligible service members can download and complete a grant application.
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
  • The Service Member or Veteran must have been Honorably Discharged from the Military, and served on active duty orders (excluding basic training, AIT, drill or annual training) within the past 36 months prior to applying.
  • The applicant must be the service member or eligible dependent listed under DEERS.
  • The hardship must be due to one of the following:
    • Deployment,
    • Military pay issue,
    • Military illness or injury,
    • Natural disaster.
  • The Hardship cannot be caused by:
    • Civil, legal or domestic issues, misconduct, or any issues that are a result of spousal separation or divorce,
    • Financial mismanagement by self or others, or due to Bankruptcy,
    • Applicants can receive funds only once every 18 months, and only twice total; all grants are paid directly to the creditor and not to the applicant. Second requests for assistance must be caused by a new situation and deployment.
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Unmet Needs Program reserves the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis to the afore-mentioned criteria.
Contact Information
Physical Site Address 1 406 West 34th Street
Physical Site Address 2 Suite 920
Physical Site City, State, Zip Kansas City, MO 64111
Main Phone 866-789-6333
Web Address
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation
Affiliated Program: Veterans of Foreign Wars
This Service: Veterans of Foreign Wars - Unmet Needs
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Active Military (YN-0500)
Furnaces (BM-3000.0500-230)
Temporary Financial Assistance (NT)
Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance (NT-8900)
Veteran Membership Organizations (TD-1400.9000)
Veterans (YN-9000)