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Request Emergency Financial Assistance if Impacted by COVID-19

Current as of Sept. 29, 2021

Service members and their families who have been affected financially as a result of travel restrictions, closures and other events associated with coronavirus disease 2019 can check with their service relief organization to see if emergency help is available.

Service Member Pay

Your COVID-19 situation may allow you to receive a different pay. Make sure you’re receiving the special pays you’re entitled to.

Go to your service relief organization’s website to learn more about eligibility and how to apply for aid:

COVID-19 relief, zero-interest loans for National Guard

National Guard service members and their families are eligible to apply for an interest-free loan in the range of $500 to $2,000 with proof of a COVID-19 hardship.

Apply for the loan through the Enlisted Association National Guard of the United States We Care for America Foundation. Complete the verification form on the website and have your unit commander, a state senior enlisted leader, battalion command sergeant major, command chief master sergeant, first sergeant or a family programs representative sign the form. You must provide proof of a COVID-19-related financial emergency as well as your current or former status as a member of the National Guard.

The USAA Foundation and the American Red Cross are partners with EANGUS in this financial-relief effort. The ARC plans to process all applications within five to eight days of receipt. Once approved, the ARC will distribute the funds as quickly as possible.

Assistance Provided by Military Relief Organizations

Depending on the circumstances, service relief organizations provide emergency financial help with interest-free loans, grants or a combination of loans and grants. They can also offer other kinds of financial assistance.

Most loans and grants from military relief organizations are for one-time financial needs such as rent and utilities. Each organization limits the kinds of financial expenses it will cover. Learn more about military relief societies and the kinds of financial expenses they cover.

Free MilTax Services

Questions about your Economic Impact Payment or COVID-19 tax implications? Call Military OneSource to get answers from a MilTax consultant.

If your service relief organization isn’t located nearby, one of the other service relief organizations can help process your request. If no military relief organizations are nearby, your Red Cross chapter can assist you. You can also reach out to your installation’s Military and Family Support Center for help.

Military OneSource financial counselors are available over the phone and via video to discuss financial matters or other concerns you may have. Our counselors can also give you referrals to services and programs that meet your specific needs.

For Department of Defense updates for the military community regarding the virus that causes COVID-19:

Questions or need support now? Call 800-342-9647 or start a live chat
anytime to schedule an appointment with a MilTax consultant or accredited financial counselor.

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