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Air Force Aid Society

Air Force Aid Society emergency assistance is available to Airmen and their eligible family members to meet immediate needs in an emergency situation. The Society provides interest free loans and grants based on the individual situation for needs such as: Basic Living Expenses, Emergency Travel, Vehicle Expenses, Funeral Expenses, Medical/Dental, Child Care/Respite, Moving Expenses, and Miscellaneous Expenses.

See eligibility and more at http://www.afas.org

American Red Cross

The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.

Army Emergency Relief

Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents. AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own." AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers. AER funds are made available to commanders having AER Sections to provide emergency financial assistance to soldiers - active & retired - and their dependents when there is a valid need.

Visit the Army Emergency Relief website for information and eligibility.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

The central purpose of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is to assist their clients during times of financial need. In general, assistance is provided through counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Assistance is provided for various situations usually involving everyday essentials including emergencies, housing, and medical needs that the individual can not afford at the time.

Visit http://www.cgmahq.org for information and eligibility.

Community Blueprint

Financial and legal challenges can be a distraction from the mission of current service members and an additional burden to veterans and military families struggling to re-integrate into civilian society. Often when these challenges emerge, veterans may hesitate to reach out for help due to the self-reliant nature of their training (Khalfani-Cox, 2011).

Learn more about financial and legal challenges and the military community from Community Blueprint

The mission of CVLC is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income. Their attorneys also help veterans apply for discharge upgrades in order to grant them better access to VA benefits. CVLC is the first organization in the country to integrate legal help into VA mental health programs and the only one on-site all day every day. CVLC is proud and pleased to be partnering with Give an Hour to form the first network of mental health providers willing to carry out evaluations in support of veterans looking to upgrade their discharge status and get the care they need.

Learn more about CVLC at: http://ctveteranslegal.org

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Service members can file complaints with the CFPB when they believe they have been unfairly treated by financial service providers. The CFPB also offers tools to help service members compare student financial aid and loans, as well as mortgage information.

For more information visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

Consumer Sentinel/Military

Service members can file complaints concerning identity theft, deceptive lending practices, debt collection or other scams to help law enforcement identify and target problems.

Visit the Consumer Sentinel page at https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/consumer-sentinel-network

Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp.

DMCC is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide you education, counseling and other services to improve your financial literacy and assist you in the management of your personal finances. All of their educational services and most of our counseling services are provided free of charge. Other services are available at discounted rates to all military personnel and and their families. http://www.dmcccorp.org/military/

Defense Finance and Accounting Services

The Defense Finance and Accounting Services website provides information on military pay and allowances, financial issues and military savings programs.

Visit the Defense Finance and Accounting Services at http://www.dfas.mil

FINRA

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s Military Financial Readiness Program delivers free, unbiased, financial educational tools and training to service members, their spouses and on-base financial educators through a variety of programs and public awareness initiatives. A partner in the U.S. Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign, the program’s primary goal is to help military families manage their money with confidence. Some of the resources offered are:

  • A comprehensive website—www.SaveAndInvest.org—that provides tools and information on a wide range of financial topics, including credit management and duty station changes
  • Moneytopia is a serious e-learning financial simulation game for servicemembers and youth
  • On-the-ground training to support the military's current Personal Financial Management program
  • Fellowships that allow military spouses to earn a career-enhancing credential (the Accredited Financial Counselor™ certificate) while providing volunteer financial counseling to the military community
  • Face-to-face financial education forums at military installations worldwide to motivate families to take responsibility for their financial well-being

Foundation for Financial Planning

The Foundation for Financial Planning is the only organization solely devoted to providing pro-bono financial planning to the underserved, primarily by providing grants to connect those in need with those willing to provide financial planning. Their grants are awarded to support the underserved, which includes military members, veterans, victims of disasters, low- to moderate-income families and many others.

Learn more at http://www.foundationforfinancialplanning.org

Moving Forward

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have jointly developed a web-based version of “Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges.” This web-based program is free and consists of an “educational and life coaching” program that teaches problem-solving skills to help veterans, service members, and their families. This evidence-based program uses interactive exercises and video demonstrations to teach skills for overcoming life challenges such as relationship problems, financial hardship, and re-adjustment issues.

The program is anonymous and always available at the following web address: http://www.veterantraining.va.gov/apps/movingforward/index.html

Military OneSource Money Matters

Military OneSource offers resources and tools to help military families manage their finances, get out of debt and save money.

For more information visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil/pfm

Military Saves

Military Saves, a national campaign, encourages military service members to create a savings plan and offers information on high-interest saving and overall financial well-being.

Visit http://www.militarysaves.org/ for more information.

National Guard Financial Management Awareness Program

Using a variety of media, the National Guard Financial Management Awareness Program aims to ensure National Guard members and their families have at least a basic awareness of easily accessible resources to help them manage their financial health to safeguard mission readiness.

Please visit https://www.jointservicessupport.org/FMAP/to learn more.

The Society provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors. Their main goal is to help each person get support for their immediate needs. Their long-term mission is to help Sailors and Marines become financially self-sufficient by learning how to better manage their personal finances and prepare for unplanned expenses.

Visit www.nmcrs.org to learn more about the programs and eligibility requirements.

National Veterans Foundation

Since 1985, ​the​ National Veterans Foundation has helped over 350,000 veterans and their families with crisis and information services through ​the nation's first toll-free, vet-to-vet hotline for all U.S. veterans and their families.​

Their veteran counselors provide veterans and their families with information, counseling and service referrals for issues such as VA benefits, mental health counseling, housing, medical services, education benefits​, financial issues and more​.

Visit http://nvf.org to learn more.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and financial assistance.

Visit http://www.operationhomefront.net/

Operation Money E-Book

NBC News and Citi presents the free e-book, Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families, by Jean Chatzky, bestselling author and financial editor of NBC’s TODAY Show. The e-book addresses the financial impact from deployments and regular relocations, as well as how to make the most of military benefits. It features actionable advice, including a step-by-step guide to reducing debt, information on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and tips on military service clauses in lease contracts.

Read or download the book at http://www.operationmoneybook.com/

ReserveAid

ReserveAid is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides financial support to Reservists and National Guard members who are currently deployed in the Global War on Terror or who have recently returned from deployment.

Visit ReserveAid at http://reserveaid.org

This website is for members of the military, veterans, their families and advocates. The goal is to help you access benefits, find free legal help, and better understand your legal issues. They have indexed legal information in one easy-to-use site. Using interactive forms, videos, and legal analysis, Stateside Legal tries to deliver answers to your questions using plain English.

Visit Stateside Legal at http://statesidelegal.org/

Swords to Plowshares

Swords’ Legal Team in San Francisco, CA is unique in that it provides attorney representation and consultation to veterans of any era and discharge status. We help veterans access the benefits they have earned, avoid or escape homelessness, increase financial stability, and focus on long-term health and well-being.

Swords to Plowshares is one of the few organizations in the country that provides free attorney representation in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and military discharge upgrade cases.

If you are in the northern California area, check out http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/legal-services/

Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan is a government sponsored program providing retirement income for service members and federal civilian employees.

Visit Thrift Savings Plan at http://tsp.gov

Veterans' Families United Foundation

VFU has developed a web site with resources including articles, books, tools for healing, resources, networks, and more information of vital interest and service to veterans, their families and loved ones.

For a list of legal assistance resources visit veteransfamiliesunited.org.

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. VLI also advocates on behalf of its clients by providing community education and policy advocacy in an effort to increase awareness, resources, and overall protections to current and former members of the US military. http://www.vetslegal.com/home.html

Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation

The Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation is providing assistance to wounded EOD warriors and their families in the form of financial relief. (EOD, explosive ordnance disposal, is a joint service military occupational skill. EOD technicians thus serve within the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force.) The resources provided by the foundation to the wounded and their families are above and beyond the budgetary contraints of the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.

To apply for assistance or for more information, please visit their website at www.woundedeodwarrior.org.


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