Operation Back to School assistance for Veterans and their families facing financial difficulties now open

The Military Family Relief Fund Back to School Program is designed to assist veterans and their families that are experiencing financial hardship. This special program can assist qualified veterans with essential school expenses for the children that reside in their homes. The assistance amount would be $500.00 per child residing in the veteran’s household.

This program will begin on July 1, 2022, and end on September 15, 2022. Any applications received after 4 p.m. on September 15th cannot be processed. Any applications that are not complete by 4 p.m. September 15th will be closed.

The veteran must have honorable, under honorable conditions, or certain other than honorable discharges. The household income cannot exceed 2 times the US federal poverty guidelines.

An eligible child shall be under 18 years of age at the time of the application, or the child is 18 years of age and still enrolled in high school or a high school equivalency program.

Please note, if you have received a previous award, the maximum lifetime amount an applicant may receive from the fund is two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00), unless a higher amount is approved by the commission.

Required documents include:

  • Application: General Information form and Grant Request
  • W9 (must have handwritten signature), Direct Deposit Form (must have handwritten signature)
  • Proof that children reside with veteran. See list of accepted residency documents on grant request form
  • DD214 that shows the type of discharge
  • First page of the most current bank statement for all accounts you own, showing account balance
  • Evidence of income for applicant and spouse (2 weeks of most current pay stubs, VA compensation, Social Security, retirement, unemployment, etc.)