VVA Chapter 227 of Northern Virginia is assisting local veterans facing financial difficulties during the holiday season by providing funding through three programs.
For years, the chapter has found ways to never abandon any generation of veterans. This year, the chapter will have provided over $15,000 in monetary gifts to local veterans and their families.
Past giving opportunities include providing grants to the D.C. Veterans Hospital, the USO, Fisher Houses, and the Compassion House. Many of their assistance efforts have focused on veterans as they attempt to regain control of their lives.
Thirty-four veterans and their families at the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) program received gift cards totaling $3,200. The funds will be used to aid homeless veterans in the process of acquiring stable housing.
Another of the chapter’s veterans assistance programs provided four “Just-in-Time” grants totaling $1,987 to Northern Virginia-area veterans in the midst of an emergency financial crisis.
For six years, Chapter 227 has fulfilled the holiday wishes of two wounded-warrior families. One family received a $600 grant, and the second family received a grant from a chapter member’s neighbor.
Throughout the year, Chapter 227 responds to requests from the VA, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and local non-profit agencies to assist veterans who need financial help. They are able to respond to the requests for assistance largely by the VVA Household Goods Program, the VVA $9 member rebate, and used book sales from Hole in the Wall Books located in Falls Church, Virginia. Otherwise, funding is generated by the generosity of members, friends and neighbors.