Magazine article VFW Magazine

Meeting Military Needs

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Meeting Military Needs

Article excerpt

America's voluntary spirit is needed now more than in many years. With the country at war, there are numerous ways to assist those in uniform.

Every April the nation celebrates National Volunteer Week (April 17-23). It is a golden opportunity to showcase what VRY stands for and what it can do to enhance a community and the residents who live there.

Because of the special nature of our organization, VFW members naturally gravitate toward helping Americans serving in the armed forces, as well as their families. This is particularly essential in wartime. Already in place is VFWs Military Assistance Program (MAP), which many of you have worked with in supporting the troops during past operations.

To supplement MAP, the VFW Foundation arranged for corporate sponsorship of an additional military family support endeavor. Last year, Vermont American Power Tool Accessories, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch Tool Corp., agreed to help fund the Unmet Needs Program, introduced to VFWs readers in the VFW Foundation article in the February 2005 issue.

Administered and co-sponsored by the VFW Foundation, the program was pledged some $1.25 million over five years by the Mount Prospect, Ill.-based company. Each year, $250,000 will be infused into Unmet Needs.

As of February, $234,000 had been disbursed, with 198 families among the recipients. Active-duty, National Guard and Reserve families are all eligible for the emergency assistance. Overseas deployments have placed financial hardships on many military families, and these grants help pay for necessary daily living expenses. …

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