The Department of New York established a Disaster Relief Fund following Hurricane Katrina on August 8, 2005 to assist those VFW Members and their families affected by the perils created by that storm. During that period thousands of dollars were sent to the affected areas to provide much needed relief by many VFW Departments. Following hurricane Katrina, natural disasters occurred in New York State which included a significant ice storm in the northern part of the State and floods in Herkimer and the Schoharie planes. Funds were disbursed in both cases to assist VFW Members and their families with their immediate needs. Subsequent to these disasters the name of the fund was changed to the Emergency Relief Fund.
Please reach out to the Department: (518) 463-7427
Unmet Needs

We understand the challenges veterans, service members and military families can face and believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. That's the premise behind the VFW's Unmet Needs program. 

Unmet Needs is there to help America's military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury. The program provides financial aid grants of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant - not a loan - so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly.

The needs of our veterans, service members and their families should never go unmet. Let us offer you a hand up when you need it!

For additional information, and to see if you or someone you know qualifies for a grant through the Unmet Needs program, please review the Unmet Needs eligibility criteria.