Wounded Veterans Relief Fund provides immediate temporary emergency financial assistance to disabled veterans who have served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11. The program supports eligible service members and their families while maintaining their privacy. The organization works with Florida Veteran Administration (VA) facilities to screen and refer veterans. Financial support is provided for basic needs, including food, gas, mortgage, rent and utility payments, auto payments and repairs, transportation, wheelchair lifts, moving expenses, temporary or transitional housing and more.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Veterans Assistance Mission:
Ease the burdens of financial distress for post-9/11 Florida disabled veterans and their families, helping them transition back home in a productive, meaningful way.
When veterans return home, many are wounded both physically and psychologically. The financial burdens they face, waiting for disability payments with little to no income, are often insurmountable without help. Our organization, out of deep respect and first-hand understanding of those challenges, was founded on the commitment to helping veterans through immediate, focused assistance.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing immediate emergency financial assistance to eligible disabled veterans who have served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11. Founded in 2009, the organization supports eligible service members and their families while maintaining their privacy.
Headquartered in Lake Park, Florida, the organization works with Florida Veteran Administration facilities to quickly screen and refer veterans in order to offer immediate emergency relief. Most assistance requests can be processed within 24 -48 hours as completed records are filed and approved.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Veterans Assistance Services:
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund supports veterans in the Florida who served post-9/11 in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation New Dawn (OND), as well as their spouses and families. Our network of referring Veterans Administration locations now serves all of Florida. As our network grows, we are able to provide more veterans with the immediate, focused assistance they deserve.
Immediate needs are the first priority for Wounded Veterans Relief Fund veterans assistance. We help pay rent to avoid eviction, utility payments keeping the lights on, even paying for transportation so a veteran can visit an ailing relative. In extreme cases we cover costs for temporary housing in lieu of the family living in their car.
Our program relies exclusively on referrals sent by our Veteran Administration (VA) Medical Center network. Wounded Veterans Relief Fund provides financial support in two ways: through case-based crisis intervention, assisting with emergency-specific needs, and through pre-paid Visa debit cards (worth $50) to Veteran Administration facilities in Florida which are distributed by VA caseworkers at their discretion to support essential needs.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Veterans Assistance Impact:
The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund veterans assistance network continues to grow. Since our fundraising began, we have seen year on year increases of 33%-59% in revenue. Our assistance network has also seen expansion and growth. As of the end of September 2016, we have helped over 7500 people consisting of Wounded veterans and their family. Monthly, that is an average of approximately 250 people, and that number continues to rise. Statewide Florida is experiencing Wounded Veteran post 9/11 population growth ranging from 3% to 12 % in the different VA regions annually. In some areas the female post 9/11 wounded veteran population is outgrowing the male population.
In August, 2016 we expanded our coverage to include veterans assistance in the entire state of Florida, supporting 32 separate VA locations. Our footprint also includes portions of South Georgia and parts of Mississippi where registered Wounded Veterans in those areas report to Florida based Veteran Administration facilities.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Veterans Assistance Promise:
We promise to grow wisely and keep administrative costs as low as possible by ensuring overhead and fundraising expenses are kept to a minimum. We are a metric-driven organization. Using project and donor management software, we are driven by hard data for short and long term decisions.
In 2015, more than 85 percent of all donated funds went directly toward wounded warriors assistance. Our financial records are maintained by a CPA firm to observe, monitor, audit financial accounts and for tax preparation and submission. Click here for the most recent filing of our 990.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Pledge to Veterans:
We promise to be responsible and to put you first. Your needs and privacy are top-of-mind in all that we do. We invite veterans to look at how we are spending funds.
While there is no obligation to lend your voice publicly for those veterans who would like to help spread the word, your presence is invaluable. Your voice can help us elevate this cause. Any veteran willing to help promote our work within the veteran community is encouraged to contact the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund team to get more involved.