Seven million in assistance is not an end, but more likely the beginning of a new round of need as 50,000 troops come home from Iraq to face the many challenges they deferred or left behind.
Radcliff, KY (Vocus) June 15, 2010
USA Cares is celebrating providing post-9/11 military and their families with $7 million dollars in assistance in seven years. This achievement represents financial aid given to thousands of families across the United States, its territories and military installations around the world. Specifically, the $7 million represents:
- Over 22,000 clients helped—service members, veterans and their families
- Over 1,000 homes saved from foreclosure or eviction
- Over 2,000 children spared the trauma of displacement
Along with housing assistance, USA Cares assists with the real problems service members face every day including utility shut off, car repair, unemployment and access to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment. In an average week, USA Cares provides $25,000 in assistance funds (grants, not loans) and processes up to 175 new requests for help.
Executive Director Bill Nelson noted, “Seven million in assistance is not an end, but more likely the beginning of a new round of need as 50,000 troops come home from Iraq to face the many challenges they deferred or left behind.”
Most Americans are unaware that government programs and pay do not always fully cover the needs of our service men and women and their families—this can be especially true for Guard and Reserve troops. At times, military service itself causes a hardship—such as being wounded, either physically or mentally. Either a delay in or inadequate response to these hardships can create a crisis—one that causes the service member to turn to charities like USA Cares.
About USA Cares
USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post-9/11 military and their families with basic needs, assists veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and works to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In seven years, USA Cares has received over 22,000 requests and responded with more than $7 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares web site, http://www.usacares.org/ or by calling 1-800-773-0387. For more information on USA Cares contact John Revell, jrevell(at)usacares(dot)org or call (270) 352-5451.
Contact: John Revell