Government shutdowns have the potential to negatively impact service members and their families thanks to restricting funds and reducing services for our troops and veterans. Service members and veterans can be impacted differently, so stay informed with official sources regarding exactly how you are affected.
In the meantime, don’t panic. We’re here to help and are ready to serve in whatever way we can. Project Sanctuary always encourages prudent financial planning, however, we also recognize that many military and veteran families may not have the means to stay financially healthy during this shutdown.
First, be proactive. Military.com has an excellent list of what you should and should not do in a shutdown. Read the entire article here
If you are in need of assistance, our Chief of Support, Thomas Costello, has compiled the below list of organizations that can be of help. Project Sanctuary also supports our families in need of emergency financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. Contact Thomas for help
Military Aid Organizations
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
If you are not located near an aid organization, you may seek financial assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-272-7337. Each aid organization has an agreement with the Red Cross to provide the same type of financial assistance to military families.
Financial Institutions Addressing Military Family Needs
Navy Federal Credit Union
Army Wife 101 has a more extensive list of other financial institutions offering assistance. America’s FundAmerican Military FamilyH.E.R.O.E.S. CareHope for the WarriorsMilitary Brats Inc Veteran Relief FundModest NeedsOperation Family FundOperation First ResponseOperation Full SupportOperation HomefrontOur Forgotten WarriorsPenFed Foundation Military Heroes FundSalute HeroesSalute, Inc.The American Legion Temporary Financial AssistanceUSA CaresVeterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs