The devastation caused by COVID-19 is catastrophic

As the commerce of our nation grinds to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), many are finding themselves suddenly unemployed and unable to provide for themselves and their families.

Veterans with disabilities are disproportionately more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. For our nation’s 4.7 million disabled veterans, the coronavirus creates a set of unique challenges—not only do service-connected illnesses place these individuals in higher-risk categories, but many now also face a dire financial situation due to lost income.

There are thousands of disabled veterans in need, and DAV is here to help.

In response to this unprecedented event, we are establishing a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide help to service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment.

Similar to DAV’s traditional Disaster Relief program, DAV will be distributing grants to provide aid to eligible disabled veterans impacted by COVID-19.

 

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Who is eligible for DAV’s COVID-19 Unemployment Relief?
Service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible. This includes veterans who are self-employed as contractors or small business owners.
How do I apply?
Due to the high number of submissions, the need to thoroughly verify all applications and the technical challenges presented by social distancing, applying for DAV’s COVID-19 Unemployment Relief is available only via our online submission form. While we regret how challenging this might make the process for those without easy access to a home computer, this system is necessary to ensure the accuracy of each application.

To submit an application, click here. Be sure to complete the entire application and provide the required documentation.

What documentation is required?
To verify your status as a service-connected disabled veteran, you will need to submit a copy of a valid VA identification card or any other proof of service connection from eBenefits.

To verify your hardship, you will need to submit proof of unemployment such as a termination letter or proof that you’ve applied for unemployment benefits. If self-employed, you will need to submit proof of lost income.

Do I need to be a DAV member to receive the relief?
No. Being a member is not a requirement to receive any of the no-cost services DAV provides veterans, but you are always welcome to join our ranks.
How much money will I receive?
Up to $250 depending on available funds. This relief will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is there a limit on how many veterans per household can receive the relief?
Yes. This relief is available to one veteran per household.
How will I be notified of the status of my application?
DAV will send you an e-mail to verify we have received your application and if more information is needed to make a decision. We will send an additional e-mail once the application for assistance is either approved or denied.
If I’m approved, how long does it take to receive the assistance?
You should receive a check via U.S. mail roughly 2 weeks after receiving your notice of approval.
How can I support this program?
Our goal is to raise $2.5 million by April 30. With your help, we can provide assistance so veterans and their families can pay bills and obtain food and essentials. This assistance will not only help today, but it may enable veterans to get access to medical care, meaningful employment and educational resources after the crisis is over.

Go to DAV.org/relief or to text RELIEF to 484848 to donate.

How can I get more information, including any questions I may have regarding my application?
Contact us at benefitsquestions.org.

 

Additional Resources

Currently, DAV continues to provide critical services to our nation’s veterans. Our benefits specialists are still handling claims work. DAV is also hosting virtual career fairs for veterans, transitioning military members and spouses, and is directing volunteer efforts as needed in accordance with local guidance. All of the latest information on DAV’s COVID-19 response can be found at dav.org/covid. Find out more about DAV’s National Employment Program and our virtual job fairs at jobs.dav.org. To find answers to benefits questions and more, visit benefitsquestions.org to get in touch with a benefits counselor.