As the nation continues to endure the effects of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The MOAA Foundation is focused on continuing to provide enhanced levels of support and services to those currently serving, veterans, and their families.
To meet the current and emerging needs of this community, and to get ahead of the demand, The MOAA Foundation established the COVID-19 Relief Fund in March 2020.
Thanks to our donors’ unprecedented generosity, the foundation was able to immediately disburse 11 COVID-19 relief grants in April 2020 to qualifying MOAA chapters already supporting relief efforts in their local communities.
The MOAA Foundation is also pleased to offer Emergency Financial Relief Grants for military and veteran families or caregivers in need of immediate bill-pay support due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since June, we have received more than 200 applications and have awarded more than $80,000 in grants to those in need. More information, including details on eligibility, application instructions, and what grants will cover can be found at this link.
We have been able to continue helping transitioning servicemembers and veterans and spouses who face unemployment by offering free virtual events – all the more critical in the face of staggering job losses – focused on every aspect of the job search and self-marketing process, facilitated by our MOAA Transition experts. Visit MOAA's Transition and Career Events page to register for these free events.
"Not all military families, both active and retired, have historically had enough wealth to save for their children's educations; pay for unforseen medical costs; and pay for exorbitant transportation, purchase, and maintenance costs."
-- Col. Arville Hickerson, USA (Ret)
Colonel Hickerson, a MOAA LIFE member, challenged The MOAA Foundation to raise $25,000 by May 5, 2020, to jump-start this campaign by offering matching funds. Within the first day, donors surpassed that goal. He recently donatd an additional $25,000 to the fund. Thank you again, Colonel Hickerson, for your continued support during this critical time of need.
As we look forward, we anticipate an increased need for the programs we provide year-round, and The MOAA Foundation hopes to fill any gaps that naturally arise during this difficult and unprecedented time.
With your help and support, we can continue to make a difference and provide financial relief to veteran and military families who need it most, but we need the resources to do so.
In 2020, The MOAA Foundation disbursed three types of grants to support veteran housing, food assistance, employment, family support, (including behavioral health), and more. Check out the map below (Not loading? Click here) for where these grants have made a difference:
Grants include Community Outreach Grants (shown in blue) and COVID-19 Chapter Grants (red/maroon), which are disbursed to MOAA councils and chapters across the country. Emergency Financial Relief Grants (yellow) are awarded to currently serving, veterans with honorable discharges or caregivers of the same, and surviving spouses who prove negative financial impact from the COVID-19 crisis.
These efforts are made possible by the overwhelming generosity of MOAA members and corporations nationwide.
Stay up to date on the latest government guidance and news reports regarding COVID-19.