WMA has established an Emergency Fund for Veterans who have short-term emergency financial needs, such as skills training, loss of support, severe illness, and catastrophic accidents. It is a one time per person grant, limited to no more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000).
Application for the grant must be made by a detailed letter from the applicant to the Chairman, Matching Funds and Grants Committee explaining the financial need with a request for a specific dollar amount. Two letters are required with the Applicant’s letter. The first letter must be from a reliable source (e.g. pastor, social worker, doctor, bank official, Chapter officer, etc.) The second letter must be from a Veterans Service Officer or a Women Veterans Coordinator. Supporting documentation MUST accompany the applicant’s letter along with a copy of their DD214 or other appropriate discharge papers. The Matching Funds and Grants Committee may request additional supporting documentation if deemed necessary.
Each fiscal year, the WMA Matching Funds and Emergency Grants Committee processes applications for both matching funds requests from WMA chapters and emergency funds requests from individual veterans.
Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis until the annual budget is exhausted.
Emergency funds grants of up to a lifetime amount of $1,000 are available from WMA to assist veterans in need, and the program is available to all veterans. Requests for an emergency grant should be sent to MFG@womenmarines.org, and must be submitted by the veteran themselves. The initial message should include a detailed explanation for the request, and include the amount being requested. By return email,
the MFG committee will send specific instructions on how to proceed with the application process, including supporting documentation and independent verification of need and eligibility. Upon receipt of a completed emergency funds application, the committee will review
the case and make a recommendation on funding.