Aid Societies Offer Shutdown Help

The various military aid societies are stepping up to help families affected by the government shutdown.  In addition to these specifics recently highlighted, they are always available to help with basic living expenses and emergency situations.

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has announced that it is absolutely able to help military families who are not receiving their Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits due to the government shutdown.  Some AFAS offices are unavailable due to the shutdown.  If you need assistance and your office is closed, you can contact any of the other aid societies or the American Red Cross for assistance.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) will continue to help with confidential loans and grants to cover basic living expenses and emergencies.  NMCRS is not reporting any difficulties opening their offices.

Army Emergency Relief assistance has been expanded to cover new categories created due to the government shutdown.  I have not heard any reports of people not being able to get AER help.

More information about the relief societies can be found in Military Relief Societies Can Help.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Roger Kehew

    Anything out there to help the 100% p/t disabled vet keep his credit from being ruined or his home current? By the government closure the U.S. has made it manifest that Disabled Veteran’s as a group are not entitled to have good credit. That is a shame.

    • KateKashman

      Roger, there are a couple of issues here. First, I am optimistic that Congress will vote to raise the debt ceiling and this won’t be an issue for the 1 November payments. Second, the payment would probably be delayed a short while. I suggest you contact your creditors and inform them of the situation. Most mortgage banks will be working overtime if a default situation delays federal payments. Please don’t allow this to stress you too much!