JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — The Wounded Warrior Project is committing $10 million to help veterans in financial distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now the charity is asking companies and foundations to join in their effort by matching the $10 million commitment.
Wounded Warriors has begun reaching out to all its registered members financially affected by the virus, including those with a lack of food or shelter.
Warriors who qualify will be granted $1,000 per household to help pay for groceries, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, and other essential expenses. Combined with the organization's mental and physical health and wellness programs, the most vulnerable veteran families in the country will be aided.
Members should only apply for assistance if they absolutely need it because of financial hardships from COVID-19. Not all will qualify, and there is a chance that others who do may not receive funds if money has run out.
“We know we are not going to be able to give every warrior financial assistance,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, WWP CEO. “Our goal is to do as much good as we can with the $10 million for those with the greatest need. If we can double the $10 million with the help of corporate partners and foundations, we can extend this aid. Additionally, if we are unable to provide direct financial aid, warriors can and should take advantage of the free Wounded Warrior Project programs focused on improving their mental, physical, and financial health.”
Organizations interested in joining the $10 million match to aid veterans during this crisis should contact WWPCovidRelief@woundedwarriorproject.org.