Organizations offering military families a helping hand


Organizations offering military families a helping hand

by: Kim Suchek | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: December 22, 2012

Hello Military Community,

Over the past week as I was finalizing things for Christmas and the New Year; I could not help but think about the coming year without my husband. Steve will be shipped overseas for his 3rd tour spring 2013. As a “frequent flyer spouse” living through a deployment, as I like to call myself, I can’t help but wonder what issues and situations I will need to conquer this time around.

In past deployments I have dealt with financial issues, cars breaking down, tuition and tutoring issues, furnace failures, water damage through three levels of our home, pay roll, insurance, along with the emotional trials and much more. So I can‘t help but wonder what will go crazy this time. As with most deployments, something always does. As a wife of a service member it is not the little things that I worry about, it’s the big ones that I am considering.

With most military families there are a great number of issues that come up before, during and after a service member is deployed. These issues range from school, financial, social, physical, spiritual and much more. For example, during Steve’s second deployment our furnace went out in February (one of the coldest months in Michigan), and we did not have the money to replace it. Operation Homefront and Unmet Needs went in together and replaced it for us in a quick, efficient, timely manner.

So for this issue I will be listing organizations that help deployed families, remember there are applications and other paper work that are required (current military ID cards, LES, deployment orders, note of what is needed etc.). Please go to their websites for eligibility requirements. As always if you have any questions or concerns, let me know.

AFTER DEPLOYMENT: Is a website designed to assist all branches of service members and their families in all areas of self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after a deployment.

AMERICAN PATRIOT HEROES FUND: Provides emergency assistance to ALL veterans from past, present and future armed forces.

AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY: Provides financial support and services to members of the U.S. military and their families.

ARMY FAMILY HEALTH CARE: This informative site offers information about TRICARE, dental, life insurance, family members with special needs and more.

ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION: Is dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy. They provide assistance to active duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components, and their loved ones.

AUXILIARY EMERGENCY FUND: This American Legion Auxiliary fund provides emergency financial assistance to three- or more-year Auxiliary members whose dues are current. Grants can be used toward home repairs needed because environmental hazards, food, shelter, utilities and educational training due to life changes such as death of a spouse, divorce or separation which necessitate the member to become the primary source of income for her or his family. Applications and details are available at local Auxiliary offices or online.

NATIONAL VETERANS FOUNDATION: This foundation’s mission is to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of ALL U.S. veterans and their families through management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline. They also assist with public-awareness and outreach programs that provide veterans and families with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential.

UNMET NEEDS (VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS): This resource provides emergency financial support to families of military personnel. Funds from donations are available to the all branches of service and members of the Reserves and National Guard. Funds are offered in the form of grants, NOT loans. These are just a few organizations that are providing assistance to military families. I would like to take this time to thank these organizations, and others that are not listed, for their continued support. I would also like to thank you, the military families for your sacrifices and dedication.

Happy holiday and many blessings for the New Year,

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at and visit my website for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.

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