Financial Family Assistance
Deployments put a strain on many families’ budgets, but there are
resources available to help Service members and their families who are
experiencing financial hardships due to deployment.
The Office of the State Treasurer has a
Homefront Financial Security Loan that is available for all
members of the Massachusetts National Guard who have been called
to active duty at home or abroad since September 11, 2001. The
loan is limited to one application per borrower and the amount
of the loan cannot exceed $10,000. The term of the loan is
limited to the length of the call up, plus two years and the
interest rate is 3%. For more information on this loan, and a
list of lenders, contact the State Treasurer’s Office at
are also other financial relief programs offered through the American
Red Cross, USO, Salvation Army as well as other community service
programs, but conditions do apply. Contact your
for more information.
Financial Assistance Websites
Air Force Aid Society Fund
Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve personnel away from home
station on extended active duty 15 days or more under Title 10 USC are
eligible for emergency assistance when the emergency is incident to,
or resulting from applicant's active duty tour.
more information go to http://www.afas.org/assistance/body_reserve.cfm
The EANGUS We care for America Foundation, Inc. (WCFA) will offer an
emergency grant (referred to here after as the “National Guard
Soldier and Airmen Emergency Relief Fund”) to any member of the Army
and Air National Guard (referred to as “eligible member”) who has
experienced catastrophic financial hardship and personal property loss
while serving as a member of the National Guard of the United States.
The assistance will continue to be made available based on
availability of funds. Membership in EANGUS is not required for
eligibility in this program.
more information go to http://www.eangus.org
of National Guard and Reservists Foundation
The Friends of National Guard and Reserve Families Foundation is here
to help ease the burden of the financial strain deployment brings to
Citizen Soldiers and their families. The foundation provides financial
gifts to citizens of
who are members of the National Guard as well as all other Reserve
components who are suffering financial hardships due to activation or
an extended military commitment.
more information go to http://www.militaryfriends.org/
Helmets to Hardhats is a new national program that offers direct entry
into apprenticeship programs within the construction industry to
National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active duty members. It
provides our members with quality career training and employment
opportunities within the construction industry. For any of your
soldiers who are deploying an apprenticeship can be waiting for them
when they return home. This is a great benefit to any soldier that
wears or has worn the uniform. Any soldier can register to use the
site. For soldiers who are not interested in the union, there may be
opportunities for referral to positions offered by agencies affiliated
with the unions. It can even benefit spouses.
more information go to http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/
Cross Emergency Aid
The Red Cross works with the military aid societies (Army Emergency
Relief, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Air Force Aid Society and
the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance). This partnership helps to provide
financial assistance for emergency travel that requires the presence
of the service member or his or her family, burial of a loved one, or
with assistance that cannot wait until the next business day (food,
temporary lodging, urgent medical needs, or the minimum amount
required to avoid eviction, utility shut off, etc.).
more information go to www.redcross.org or contact the Family Program Office
The Salvation Army is a worldwide organization committed to serving
people, changing one life at a time. The Salvation Army works every
day to make life better for countless people in your community. The
Salvation Army helps all military families that are in need whether
they are suffering financial hardship or in need of heating
assistance. The military member does not have to be activated to
qualify for help.
more information on this program contact your local
While our military troops are working to keep us out of harm's way,
the Unmet Needs Program is attempting to do the same for their
families. Thousands of families across the nation are facing financial
challenges while a spouse is deployed. The Unmet Needs Program was
created to extend a hand.
more information go to http://www.unmetneeds.com/
USA Cares is a "Hand Up and not a Hand Out" to our military
servicemen and women and their families. The primary intention of the
donated funds is to assist families in quality of life issues. Our
most important objective is to be there for those immediate issues
that require a quick turn around, like food on the table, or other
quality of life issues.
more information go to http://usacares.us/index.html
USO of New England is not a government agency. We are a non-profit
501(c) 3 organization supported by private citizens and corporations.
The USO of New England delivers programs and services to men and women
called to duty for the War on Terrorism. Through public support we
provide FAMILY ASSISTANCE (emergency assistance to active duty
military families). The USO of New England is a last resort type of
assistance for families that have exhausted other alternative ways of
more information on this program contact your local
The Weber Foundation’s Helping Hands for Hero’s and Freedom Fund
is set up to benefit those courageous veterans and their families who
have been adversely affected by the war on terrorism. We want to show
our veterans that we honor and appreciate their courageous service to
our Country and want them to know they are not forgotten; we are there
to help make their life and the life of their families as normal as
possible during their deployment and upon their return.
more information go to http://www.theweberfoundation.com
If you are aware of any other local Financial Assistance Support
websites, please contact the Family Program Office at 888-301-3103,