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United Way Supports Veterans, Not Just on Veterans Day, But All Year Long

veteran_with_child_holding_flag_newsletter-392x304Veterans deserve gratitude and support for their dedication and service. That’s why United Way of Tarrant County supports a variety of services all year long for service members returning to civilian life, active duty military and their families.

In 2016-2017 the United Way of Tarrant County Veterans Fund is providing $332,782 in grants to nonprofits serving service members and their families in this area. The grants are making possible information and referral, employment and training programs, financial coaching, legal and mental health services, and family counseling. Established three years ago, the Veterans Fund was the brainchild of Lockheed Martin, which has provided most of the funding each year. The Fund is underwritten this year with $300,000 from Lockheed Martin, $25,000 from Bell Helicopter and $7,782 from individual donors.

United Way’s 2-1-1 information and referral service has a Military Specialist dedicated to helping military families and veterans by assessing their needs, referring them to the most appropriate services, and then following up. The top needs of military households last year were electric service payment assistance (19%), rent payment assistance (15%), and food pantries (9%).

United Way of Tarrant County and the Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County (VETCO) produced the 2015 Veterans Resource Guide. The Guide lists nonprofit and governmental resources relevant to service members, veterans and their families in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties. It was made possible by sponsorships from Lockheed Martin & Bell Helicopter.

You can download the free Veterans Guide or make a donation to the United Way Veterans Fund at www.unitedwaytarrant.org/military.