Welcome to the Jackson County Veterans Resource web site. We have tried to make this a one stop shopping center for veterans, their families and those providing services for veterans.
Financial Support for Military Members
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®)
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is the nation’s largest & longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization that also offers financial counseling and assistance for military and veterans to help with debt management, bankruptcy, homebuying, credit card debt, student loans, housing decisions and overall money management.
The Military Wallet
The Military Wallet is a personal finance and benefits website for military members, veterans and their families. Each of their weekly podcasts features in-depth discussions on military and veterans benefits on retirement, health care, education benefits, Guard and Reserve topics, and more. The Military Wallet Podcast can be found on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
Military OneSource Financial Counseling
Military OneSource provides free financial counseling and financial management programs covering basic budgeting education, money management help, debt consolidation and debt management, assistance with housing issues, guidance on savings, investing and retirement plans, etc. Military OneSource financial counselors are available in-person, over the phone and video.
Defense Finance and Accounting Services
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service offers military members a three-tiered retirement plan that spans from paying an equal amount of Social Security taxes to assisting military members growing their finances through a long-term savings plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits (you pay Social Security taxes and DFAS pays an equal amount); Basic Benefit Plan (you pay a small contribution to the Basic Benefit Plan and DFAS funds the rest); and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) (you can choose to make tax-deferred contributions to the TSP and a portion is matched by the Government. DFAS will automatically contribute an amount equal to 1% of your basic pay each pay period to your TSP account, even if you don’t choose to make contributions.)
USA Cares provides post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families with financial and advocacy assistance. The programs include but are not limited to Combat Injured (covers the basic expenses for veterans diagnosed with certain health issues during their treatment), Career Transition (also helps pay an individual’s essential expenses while they train for a new job); The Emergency Assistance program (helps those with financial stress related to military service and pays immediate, essential bills, including food and utility bills).
The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance
The TFA program awards cash grants to minor children of current active duty or American Legion members in need to meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses aiming at keeping the child or children in a more stable environment. Children are eligible if they are under 17, or 20 if still enrolled in high school or are physically handicapped. A single one time non-repayable Temporary Financial Assistance grant of up to $1,500 will be permitted for the minor child(ren) of a qualifying veteran.
Operation Family Fund
OFF aims at assisting the members of Military and Civilian personnel who have been severely disabled as a part of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom both domestically and abroad and their families with financial grants for transitioning to their new circumstances and achieving financial self-sufficiency. Operation Family Fund has set a financial goal over a 20 year period to disburse $5,000,000 for eligible members and families.
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes provides disabled American veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn and their families with millions of dollars worth of Emergency Financial Aid and support services. Emergency Financial Aid often covers expenses such as utility bills, car payments and repair costs, mortgage and rent payments, groceries, baby formula, and household supplies, school supplies and clothing, and medical bills.
Operation First Response
For the last 15 years, Operation First Response has successfully served over 19,800 Disabled Veterans and their families with emergency financial aid. Their services include airline flights, lodging, and car transportation to/from airport and hospital, as well as financial support for the basics like groceries, clothing, mortgage, rent, utilities, and vehicle payments. Services are provided from the onset of injury or illness, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life to the civilian world.
Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families. Since 2011, Operation Homefront has provided over $26 million through the Critical Financial Assistance program to active duty, deployed, veteran, wounded, ill or injured service members in need of financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, or other critical family needs.
SALUTE, INC. assists the financial, physical and emotional needs of injured military service members, veterans and their families through a variety of fundraising activities. Financial aid is provided for rent/mortgage payments, auto expenses, phone, utility bills, and other everyday living expenses. SALUTE delivers short term financial assistance to bridge the temporary income gaps and meet the basic needs of post 9/11 veterans.
Semper Fi Fund
Semper Fi Fund provides needs-based financial assistance and vital programming for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members and their families during hospitalization and recovery to help with additional travel and lodging expenses, childcare, and out of pocket expenses. Their “LCpl Parsons Welcome Home Fund for Vietnam Veterans” program aims at providing veterans from all US military Service branches who are catastrophically injured from combat operations in Vietnam with transportation, housing, and medical care grants.
The Veterans Inc. Supportive Services for Veterans and Veteran Families Program provides direct services and financial assistance to help search for housing, assist with initial rent costs, and pay for certain bills related to back rent or utilities. SSVF Services Include Healthcare Referrals, Daily Living Service Referrals, Budgeting and Money Management, Benefits Assistance and Advocacy, Case Management, Housing Counseling and Assistance, as well as financial assistance for rent, utilities, moving expenses, security deposit, etc.
Sites of Interest
This list of websites may be of particular interest for people serving/who have served in the military: