In March 2020, as the deadly coronavirus quickly spread all over the world, the Purple Heart Foundation started to pivot it’s focus on programming to better help the veterans being affected by the pandemic. 43 of the 50 states, that make up these United States of America, shut down and/or issued a stay-at-home order to prevent the virus from spreading to more people quicker. However, these necessary health precautions made it difficult for businesses to keep paying their employees, or even to stay open much longer. Many businesses closed or downsized, causing the unemployment rate to reach unprecedented levels for most tradesman and service-related jobs…ideal jobs veterans sought out in order to utilize their skills, work with their hands, and start new careers after their service. Once these statistics became clear, the Veteran Assistance Grant program was born.
The Purple Heart Foundation’s Veteran Assistance Grant program was created to cover emergency debts a veteran might be facing due to the extreme circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic. The program was designed to bridge the gap for veterans in-need.
For example, U.S. Air Force disabled veteran, Ms. Wright, became unemployed in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Her car was inoperable, and she couldn’t afford to fix it and continue to pay for Uber rides to and from interviews and the grocery store while she looked for work. The Purple Heart Foundation was able to collect all Ms. Wright’s information regarding her situation and approve her for a Veteran Assistance Grant to help pay for her car repairs. Ms. Wright can now search for employment and still meet her other monetary responsibilities without spreading herself too thin, financially or otherwise.
After receiving her grant, we caught up with Ms. Wright and this is what she had to say:Ms. C. Wright (Las Angeles, CA)
“Thank you for not only awarding this amount, but thank you for being there for veterans in their times of need. Feeling unsure about what’s going to happen with my car, this amount awarded allowed me the security of being able to maintain having a car, which is a critical part of accomplishing daily needs. Even though these circumstances affect everyone in our country, it’s an honor to know we can be there for each other even during a pandemic.”
The Purple Heart Foundation does not receive government funds and relies 100% on donations from supporters like you. This holiday season, with coronavirus numbers peaking again, we expect even more veterans in situations like Ms. Wright’s will need your help. The Veteran Assistance Grant could prevent veterans from becoming homeless in these cold winter months or prevent a veteran from having to choose between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table.
With your gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more, you could help more veterans like Ms. Wright feel the security of having a support system to tackle the struggles they are facing during these difficult times.
Help make this holiday season a little easier for a veteran facing hardships.
Or, if you (or someone you know) are a veteran facing a similar situation, please apply for assistance with the Purple Heart Foundation today.