USA Cares is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 veterans, active duty service members and military families who are suffering hardships as a result of their service. They provide assistance through four specialized programs: Combat Injured, Career Transition, Housing Assistance, and Emergency Assistance.

Each program focuses on a specific area of assistance:

The Combat Injured program pays basic expenses for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST) while they receive treatment.

The Career Transition program helps pay a veteran’s essential expenses while they train for a new job, relieving any financial barrier that keeps them from getting a new job or career.

The Housing Assistance program will directly pay the property owner or mortgage lender to reduce any extra financial burdens from the service member or their family when bills are past due because of a military service-related incident.

The Emergency Assistance program pays immediate essential bills, including food and utility bills that are necessary to the health and well-being of the service member and their family.

The funds granted to USA Cares by the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) will support their Combat Injured program and assist veterans seeking treatment for their invisible wounds.

How USA Cares helped Martin

Recently, a Navy veteran named Martin contacted USA Cares. Martin served in the Navy for four years, with one combat zone deployment in 2001. While on a deployment, Martin suffered injuries resulting in disability ratings for PTSD and tinnitus.

Discharged from the Navy, Martin began working full time as a 911 dispatcher. One evening, Martin received a 911 call during which the caller committed suicide. This event triggered Martin’s PTSD and he began to quickly decline in health, eventually leading to his termination. After a suicidal episode, Martin realized he needed help, and subsequently admitted himself to an inpatient treatment program.

Martin and his family struggled to pay their bills while he was out of work and quickly found themselves out of funds. After transitioning to an outpatient program, Martin reached out to USA Cares for assistance. After verifying his application, they were able to provide $1,000 towards his rent while he secured employment, allowing him a chance to get back on track. Without funding from grants, corporations, and individual donors, the Combat Injured program would not have been able to help Martin and his family.

The Capacity Building grant DVNF provided their organization has expanded their reach and ability to assist the countless veterans across the nation that suffer from injuries related to their service. Veterans like Martin, who face a daily struggle to live with unseen wounds, need help. Thanks to DVNF’s generosity and support, USA Cares can continue to provide that help and give back to our brave service members and their families.