Dedicated Warrior Receives Needed Assistance
Aid given by Unmet Needs
January 03, 2013
Burns family knows what it means to face challenges. Michael, the patriarch of
the family, has gone through multiple deployments resulting in numerous injuries.
first incident involved his vehicle hitting an IED. The second occurred when he
was flung out of the gunner’s turret. He sustained a third set of injuries during
his second tour, this time due to shrapnel from an IED. After being transferred
to a medical center to heal, he returned to Iraq just one month later.
is a dedicated fighter for his country, but after returning home to the nation
he gave so much to, he wasn’t able to maintain a civilian job due to his
injuries. His family was in a tight spot and needed help, so he sought advice
from a VA representative.
representative pointed him to VFW’s Unmet Needs program. The
program approved the Burns family for a grant, ensuring funds for the family’s
rent and utilities. Michael’s wife Robyn was overwhelmed with relief once the
assistance came. She was so grateful to have an organization understand what
their family was going through. “It was so great to feel like we were not being
judged and people understood my husband’s injuries,” she said.
2004, VFW’s Unmet Needs program has provided over 3,200 emergency financial
grants for military families during troubling times.
more about the Unmet Needs program or other VFW National Military Assistance
programs, click here.
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