National Military Services
VFW National Military Services (NMS) offers support and
assistance to the military community in many different ways through its four
programs, Operation Uplink™, Military
Assistance Program, Unmet
Needs and the VFW "Sport
Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program. Whether it's helping service
members and their families through long deployments or cope with rough
financial times, NMS programs put our military families first. From providing
free phone time and financial assistance to farewell and welcome home
ceremonies and college scholarships, the NMS department is here supporting our
troops day in and day out. Some say they've got your back. We prove it.
The VFW NMS programs are funded solely by the generosity of our donors.
As the largest organization of combat veterans, VFW
knows the importance of keeping military families in touch. That's why in
1996 VFW launched the VFW Operation Uplink™
program - the premiere calling program for deployed service members that
provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized
veterans. Operation Uplink initially provided
calling cards to deployed and hospitalized troops, but on Mother's Day 2006,
due to the growing popularity of the program and thanks to the generosity of
corporate donors like Sport Clips and Harleysville Insurance, the program
began hosting "Free Call Days."
The program is the
only one of its kind, providing at least three designated days each month
when deployed service members making phone calls from their Morale, Welfare
& Recreation (MWR) center or military DSN line to the U.S., and other
home base location land lines, are greeted by a recording which states the
call will be free, courtesy of Operation
Uplink. VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members, major corporate
donors such as Sport Clips, Harleysville Insurance as well as other caring
citizens, generously support the donations-based program. Since its start in
2006, Free Call Days have provided more than 7.4 million free connections for service members and their families. The
VFW is proud of Operation Uplink because it
provides an easy way for individuals and organizations to make an immediate
difference in the lives of active-duty military personnel and their families.
Click here if you or your corporation is interested in
sponsoring a Free Call Day! Contact Linda Ferguson of VFW National Military
Services at 816-968-1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
OPERATION UPLINK RESOURCES
VFW Unmet Needs was created
in 2004 through a corporate partnership to assist military service members
and their families who run into unexpected financial difficulties as a
result of deployment or other hardships directly related to military service.
Unmet Needs assists with basic life needs such
as: mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food and
clothing. Unmet Needs helps meet unanticipated
financial demands on our service members' families that can't be remedied
through existing means and provides our service members with the security of
knowing that their families have additional support here at home.
financial assistance is in the form of up to $2,500 in grants that do not need
to be repaid. All grants are paid directly to the "creditor" (such as the
electric company), and not to the individual. Each case is reviewed
individually and acceptance determined by a committee.
service members can download and complete a grant application.
UNMET NEEDS RESOURCES
The VFW Military Assistance
Program (MAP) is the outstretched hand between the VFW and the
local military, offering our support around the world. In the last five years,
MAP has sponsored events supporting over one million service members and their
families. If you are a service member or a Family Readiness Group leader,
please contact us and we will help you locate a VFW Post or Ladies Auxiliary
in your area to work with.
Does your Post or Ladies Auxiliary want to
host a MAP event but doesn't know where to start? The best place to start is
with the MAP Grant Application, which can only be completed and submitted by
a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member. From this page, simply login (link is
above) with a VFW member login and go to the National Military Services
link, then look for the Military Assistance Program (MAP) files.
A huge part of MAP includes the Adopt-a-Unit program. Through
Adopt-a-Unit, VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary adopt hundreds of military units
around the world. Adopt-a-Unit's goal is to develop supportive relationships
with units before, during and after deployments to help deliver the vast
network of resources VFW has available for the military. Please contact us
if your unit is interested in learning more.
To contact the
Military Assistance Program (MAP), please email us at email@example.com
or call 816-756-3390 and ask for the MAP office.
MILITARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RESOURCES
The VFW and
Sport Clips are giving the gift of scholarships to our nation’s heroes as a way
of thanking them for their dedicated service to our nation! The
VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program will award
scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualifying veterans and service members to help
them complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan
debt. The VFW and Sport Clips are committed to serving America’s defenders as
they return from war and move on to the next chapter of their lives.
Learn more about the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship including details on eligibility.