As our brave military members return home from active duty and the front lines of battle, their physical, psychological and financial needs are becoming better understood and warrant a strong response from the philanthropic sector and the community.
Supporting our Veterans: Yuma Veterans Fund
The Yuma Veterans Fund is a field of interest fund created with a $10,000 challenge gift from a local Veteran. As a permanent endowment, the fund will exist in perpetuity, with grants made annually from the interest earned. A grant distribution committee works to identify needs and award grants to high-performing organizations serving Veterans. Members of the committee include individuals with a stake in Veterans' issues in Yuma County, including post chaplains, military spouses, and active and retired military.
Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan Project
The Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan Project is a special loan fund that provides interest-free, short-term loans to any deserving Veteran with an honorable discharge. According to recent studies, claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs can take an average of 272 days to be processed, with some lingering for as long as a year. Loans from this charitable fund provide an interim financing solution, funding immediate needs such as trips to the VA Hospital, school expenses, medical emergencies, and rent and utility deposits. Generous contributions from Yuma County residents and support from our project partner, The Salvation Army Yuma, make it possible for Veterans to receive the support they need.
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