This program pays immediate, essential bills, including food and utility bills. We have paid a bill while the utility company truck is in the driveway ready to shut off a family’s lights. We again focus on those cases where the financial stress is related to military service.
USA Cares typically assist these emergencies with between $20K and $30K per week with an average grant size of $650.
Providing Quality of Life for Our Clients
USA Cares Emergency Assistance program offers post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families assistance with utility bills and even provides emergency food assistance. It is not unusual for National Guard members or Reservists to suffer a significant loss of income when being called to active duty, and many return home from deployment with the task of finding a new job. For some families, an error in pay or delays in processing cause them to not receive income—a situation that may not be corrected for weeks.
Emergency Assistance ensures that the needs of the family, central to quality of life, are met until they are able to provide for themselves. The program also provides for emergency travel, often for medical care, including lodging, gas and food while on the road and receiving treatment.