Service-connected disabled veterans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic can look to the Disabled American Veterans for help.
DAV announced on Monday that it has established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide financial assistance to veterans who have become unemployed due to the pandemic.
“We are excited to do this in a time of veterans’’ greatest need,” said Dan Clare, DAV's chief communications and outreach officer.
DAV National Commander Stephen “Butch” Whitehead said on top of the additional health risks injured, ill or wounded veterans face as a result of the virus, thousands are being laid off or have had to close their small businesses. The fund provides grants which have been made possible by donations coming from the public and DAV’s corporate sponsors.
“We are incredibly grateful for all of the generous donors who have made this relief possible,” he added. “While we don’t know when this crisis will end, we do know that we can make a life-saving difference for our fellow veterans and their families with these grants.”
Applications for assistance can be found at DAV.org/COVIDrelief. The grants, in the amount of $250, are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those applying for the assistance must provide proof of their unemployment and disabled veteran status.
The money can be used by recipients to pay bills, buy food and otherwise provide for their families, Clare said.
To donate to the emergency campaign, go online or text RELIEF to 484848.