Vietnam Vet Needs Financial Assistance

by Vietnam Vet

I am a Vietnam Vet who needs financial assistance at the moment, and I'm hoping someone will be able to help.

I served 7 years in the Army (1963 to 1970) - 101st Airborne, Vietnam. I'm in a wheelchair now and can't drive, and my wife had to quit work to stay with me. The doctor said I should not be left alone. We're waiting on A&A (Aid & Assistance) from VA, but it's been dragging on since October of 2010.

We can't seem to catch up since she's not working now and VA hasn't started A&A yet. Our lights were cut off last month, but are back on now. I've never been behind on our house note until now.

If I could catch up, I would then be able to pay it each month with my disability, but each month that comes around, I have to pay last month's bills, and the vicious cycle continues.

So now I'm behind two months on our house note, a month behind on utility, etc.

I've been waiting on the VA and I'm finally drowning, with no help in sight yet, like so many others that served our country.

I'm hoping there's a chance that someone out there could help my wife and I catch up with our mortgage, or anything at all.

I hope I have not offended anyone by asking if someone would help us.

God Bless all my brothers and Welcome Home.


Editor's response:

CS, I removed your personal information for your protection. Please use the contact form to send me your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if someone contacts me to offer assistance for you.

Also, please tell me where you live, and I may be able to offer some better suggestions for you.

In the meantime, you might check with these groups:


The VFW Foundation has an Unmet Needs program that might be able to help. They generally require that you be separated within the previous 3 yrs, but will make exceptions to their criteria on a case-by-case basis. It's a long shot, but you might give it a try. They make grants.

Here's also some information on avoiding foreclosure. Notice this information is state-specific, so you need to find your state's info.

Thank you for your service to our country, and Welcome Home. I hope you are able to solve your financial problems and get back on your feet quickly.

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Financial Help Ideas
by: poka513

There's no date on this request for assistance, so not sure how long ago it was made, but here's some additional ideas for help in random order:

VA Information Line: 1-800-827-1000.

VA Frequently Asked Questions:

VA pension for low income Vets (either 100 percent disabled or at least 65yo):

If you have an illness that may be service connected, make a claim to the VA. Depending on your area, use your County Veteran Service Office (phone book under county government) to help you file a claim.

Find money you're owed: and

National Veteran Resource Directory:

National Veterans Foundation, assistance for Vets: 888-777-4443,

Legal help (military, veterans and their families):

Operation: Care and Comfort:

VFW National (Family Assistance): 1-800-VFW-1899,

National Veterans Foundation (Assistance for Vets): 1-888-777-4443,

USA Cares: 1-800-773-0387,

USA Together (injured or disabled):

Modest Needs:

Apply for food stamps, ask utilities for low income rates, ask other companies (like cell phone) if there's senior and/or Veteran rates available, consider cutting off your cable tv and cell phone to reduce monthly cash outflow.

Ask local charities/churches for help: United Way, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, etc. In my area dialing 211 gives Essential Community Services.

American Legion,, 1-800-433-3318.

Veterans of Foreign Wars,, 1-800-VFW-1899.

Disabled American Veterans,, 1-877-426-2838.

AMVETS,, 1-877-726-8387.

Vietnam Veterans of America,, 1-800-882-1316.

For the most part, the major Vet Organizations may just refer you to the local level Post or Chapter.

Best of luck to those in need.

Welcome Home!
USN 1966-70

Poka513, thank you for taking the time to provide that list of possible sources of assistance. The request was made early June 2011, so your response is timely.

help for the poor warriors the Vietnam vet
by: Anonymous

What I have noticed is that the Vietnam Vet can hardly find any kind of financial help from anywhere when he or she really needs it.

It seems like they are the forgotten Warriors, what about the light bill, rent, and a little gas money?

I am quite sure our politicians can afford theirs, WHAT A SHAME.

Mortgage Re-Finance
by: bob lollis

As far as I can tell, Vetrans Assistance is BS!

I am a Vietnam vet/retired pipefitter.

Wells Fargo bought my Loan from World Savings. It just keeps going up in payment. I can't refi any where.

Yet our govt gives all our tax money to some foreign countries.

I can't get a loan! I don't want a gift, just a re-fi so I can live where I raised my kis.

Patriotism? But we can't help vetrans who were raised here.


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