Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW-Corporate Partnership Helps Military Families with Financial Needs

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW-Corporate Partnership Helps Military Families with Financial Needs

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VFW members and Posts demonstrating community service.

Unmet Needs provides monetary aid to get people back on track.

To whom does a young wife and mother turn when her husband is deployed overseas and the bills are piling up? What happens when this same mother doesn't even have enough money to buy groceries for her five children, including a three-month-old baby?

In Nicolette Baughman's case, she turned to VFW's Unmet Needs program, which is sponsored by Vermont American Power Tool Accessories, wholly owned by Robert Bosch Tool Corp., and based in Mount Prospect, Ill.

Unmet Needs falls under VFW's Military Assistance Program administratively and is funded through the VFW Foundation.

A resident of Unionville, Mo., Baughman's Army family readiness group counselor told her about Unmet Needs, which assists families of deployed or recently returned troops with up to $2,500.

She applied and received more than $1,600, which she used to pay rent, her car payment and food.

"I appreciate VFW helping us in our time of need," she said. "It was really great to go to the grocery store and be able to actually buy enough food to get by."

Baughman's husband, Brandon, has been deployed since January. He is based in Ramadi, Iraq. As of December 2005, there was no word when his unit, the 135th Engineer Battalion of the Illinois National Guard, would return home. Normally, Brandon works in a steel plant in Centerville, Iowa.

Residing in a rural area about 45 miles from a major town, life is still tough. And to make things worse, Baughman's stepmom recently died. …

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