National Military Services Provides for Veterans
VFW programs help vets
August 06, 2013
Sometimes even a hero needs help. Often
times, the people willing to give up everything for our country have to make
sacrifices that affect their personal lives and the lives of their families.
That is where the VFW’s National Military Services (NMS) comes in.
NMS consists of three main programs that exist to provide
assistance for veterans and military personnel: the Military Assistance
Program (MAP), VFW Operation UplinkTMand Unmet Needs. Each program has its own specific functions
to serve our nation’s military.
The MAP program
connects the VFW with the military community. VFW Posts, Districts and
Departments receive grants from the program to promote involvement. One of the
most popular ways this is done is by adopting a unit, where the Post, District
or Department raises funds for troops overseas and supports them with care
packages, cards, etc.
Operation Uplink is a program
that provides troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait with Free Call Days that allow
them to call home to the U.S. for free for as long as they can talk. This
program has connected over 7.2 million deployed service members to their loved
ones since 2006.
The Unmet Needs program provides
grants to the service members and their families to assist with qualifying
financial hardships. The money is distributed directly to creditors to help the
family through their hardship. Over 3,300 grants have been provided to military
families since 2004.
More than 80 percent of
support received from VFW members and patriotic Americans is applied directly to
veterans’ services, community service, legislative advocacy and military service
programs like these. The VFW and its National Military Services work hard to
make sure that NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.
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