Despite Available Financial Assistance, Military Families Not Seeking Aid
Posted on May 19, 2020
Military relief societies and nonprofit charities are reporting that “relatively few” military families are applying for financial assistance and aid programs offered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent article in Military Times.
Organizations such as the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, Army Emergency Relief and Air Force Aid Society, and Air Force Aid Society report that the relief organizations are approving 98-100 percent of COVID-related requests.
“I’m thrilled to hear the approval numbers. It’s encouraging to know that service members and families who are applying for assistance are getting it, but I am concerned there might be families in need who don’t apply for it,” said Jennifer Davis, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association.
Coronavirus-related aid requests by military families typically fall into three categories: food assistance, childcare for essential personnel, and education for military children.
Representatives from military relief organizations predict demand for aid resources to increase over the coming months.
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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities