Purple Heart Foundation Services

From helping Purple Heart recipients, as well as honorably discharged veterans and their families through tough financial times, to helping them pay for an education to learn new skills and providing access to resources to help with PTS and TBI, our sole purpose is to enhance the quality of life of U.S. veterans.

Our ability to support veterans is only as strong as the support we receive from donors. Please consider one of our Ways To Give to help us meet the needs of those who need it and deserve it!

Veterans Critical Assistance Grant

If you are a  honorably discharged veteran, especially if you are a Purple Heart Recipient, you should not have to choose between paying critical bills and putting food on the table. After all you have sacrificed for us, our Veterans Critical Assistance Grant is one way we can give back to you.

The Purple Heart Foundation can provide grants for past due utilities, rent, and mortgage payments. We also provide grants for automotive repairs and insurance. We can also help with certain healthcare issues and food insecurities.

The Purple Heart Foundation (PHF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises funds to support our nation’s veterans and their families. Over the past 60 years, the Foundation has funded important programs, services and more.

PURPOSE: To provide emergency financial assistance to eligible veterans and their families.

The Grant recipient must be either: (a) an honorably discharged veteran and be able to provide a copy of his/her DD214 when requested; or (b) the widow or widower of an honorably discharged veteran and be able to provide a copy of the veteran’s DD214 and death certificate. All applicants must submit a completed Veteran’s Critical Assistance Grant application.

  • Veterans Critical Assistance Grants funds may be used for emergency debts such as, but are not limited to, rent, utilities, car repairs, medical payments and more. Veterans Critical Assistance Grant funds are paid directly to the creditor by the Purple Heart Foundation, not to the veteran. The total balance due to the creditor at the time of this application cannot exceed $2,500.00. the Foundation grant policy prohibits paying down debt.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for expenses such as major home repairs, auto replacements, taxes, past-due child support, fines of any kind, security deposits, first month’s rent, legal fees or credit card debt.
1. Grants may include but are not limited to, past-due rent, utilities, minor car repairs, medical assistance, and more.
2. The Foundation does not reimburse the veteran for previous bill payments or repair payments. All requests must be approved by the grant committee before funds are paid.
3. Once approved, Veteran Critical Assistance Grants are paid directly to the creditor by the Purple Heart Foundation, not to the veteran.
4. Except for minor car repairs, bills must be delinquent to be considered. The veteran must be able to provide a current copy of the past-due statements or notice and/or cut-off notices.  Screen shots are not acceptable unless they include the name, address, and account number of the veteran, the balance due and where the payments are to be mailed.
5. An invoice/estimate will be needed for all car repairs from a licensed garage or dealershipfor committee review. You will be notified whether the committee will fund the repair.
6. The Foundation does not make on-line payments. Payments are made to creditors by check and mailed through the Post Office by first class mail.
7. One lifetime grant per veteran. Recipients of the Veteran Critical Assistance grant program may not re-apply for this grant and/or will not be approved for more than one grant.
8. The total grant amount may not exceed $2,500.00. If approved, the grant amount will be for the total of the allowable bills submitted not to exceed $2,500.00. Some grants will not reach the $2,500.00 limit.
9. Partial payments or payments to reduce a debt are prohibited, therefore grant applications will not be approved if the past due debt owed exceeds the maximum grant amount of $2,500.00.
10. Grants may NOT be received for expenses such as taxes, child support, fines/fees associated with civil or criminal offenses, motor vehicle registrations, licenses, tuitions, credit card debt or personal loans. All submitted bills are subject to review by the grant committee.
11. Those receiving grant funds will be required to sign the grant acceptance and publicity release form provided by the Purple Heart Foundation prior to receiving the grant.
12. Those receiving grant funds will be required to write an acknowledgment letter to the Purple Heart Foundation’s Board of Directors.

NOTE:  The grant application date cannot be submitted prior to the billing past due date. Once the bill is in past due status you can submit your application. Once your bill is past due and you have a statement from the creditor indicating past due status you can submit a grant. Grant applications will be held for two weeks. If the veteran does not send the requested documents within two weeks, the grant application will be closed. Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to send your documentation as soon as we contact you.

We are not currently accepting new Critical Assistance Grant applications. Please check back to learn when new applications will be accepted.

Academic Scholarships

The GI Bill helps you in your educational pursuits after your military service is complete, but it doesn’t cover everything…that’s where we come in. We offer scholarships for honorably discharged veterans and their spouses, children, and grandchildren of Purple Heart recipients.

  • Purple Heart Foundation Full-Ride Scholarship to V School – We are committed to empowering our heroes and their loved ones, providing them with the tools and resources they need to thrive in the ever-evolving world of technology, design, and innovation. Check back often to learn when V-School Scholarships will be accepted.
  • In-house Academic Scholarships – The Purple Heart Foundation scholarships are available to Purple Heart recipients and their direct descendants (including spouses, children, and grandchildren). These scholarships can be used to cover the cost of additional fees associated with higher education, such as tuition, room & board, books, incidental fees, and other direct costs. Click here to review and download the application. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Help us offer more scholarships to our deserving veterans!


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Service Dogs

Our goal is to assist and empower veterans to live their lives with dignity and independence. Our service dog program provides funding for service dogs to be paired with combat-wounded veterans at no cost to them to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

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Veteran Mental Health Support Organization Grants

Through grants, we work to support Mental Health Programs & Initiatives that make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. The focus of our support lies with programs and services addressing traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), suicide and suicide prevention, and other mental health challenges resulting from combat.

These grants assist groups to fund programs and activities congruent with the Foundation’s mission of enhancing the quality of life of Purple Heart recipients and other honorably discharged veterans and their families.

Grant Application 

Email questions to ttomsey@purpleheartfoundation.org

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Our Mission

The mission of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of Purple Heart recipients and other honorably discharged veterans and their families.