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Direct Assistance

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OFW Direct Assistance program provides  disabled service members, veterans and their families assistance with unexpected expenses. It is not unusual for our troops and veterans to suffer significant loss of income after injury or during seperation. For some famalies, and error in pay or delays in processing claims can have a devastating life changing impact.

 

Our Forgotten Warriors full range of services.

 

  • Disability Compensation Claims (service-connected)
  • Rental Assistance
  • Groceries
  • Utilities
  • Clothing
  • Service Dog Assistance
  • Resume Assistance
  • Non-Service Connected Pension Claims
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Access to Health Care
  • Help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Special Monthly Compensation
  • Request for Military Records
  • Discharge Upgrade filing
  • Information and Referral Assistance
  • Appeal of VA decisions
  • Home Visits (by appointment only)
  • Outreach for Vietnam/ Gulf War / OIF/OEF/OND veterans 

Sponsor a Family in Need

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If you wish to sponsor a military family in need directly, we recommend that you consider the size of the family that you would like to help, the size of your family or group, and the level of benefaction that you are comfortable to share with our beloved troops and veterans. OFW will be available to help you with your decision. The sponsorship may be made on your own or with family members, friends, and colleagues. In sponsoring our troops and veterans in need, you will be given an OFW-processed wish list that has been completed by the  family. Information on each family member will also be furnished: first name, age, gender, clothing size, shoe size, and other details relevant in fleshing out your goodwill. Please note that in order to protect the family’s identity and to preserve their dignity, OFW will change the surname of your prospective beneficiary/ies. Additionally, since this is an anonymous giving program, we will not disclose your contact information to your confirmed beneficiary/ies without a signed release. For more information on sponsoring our troops and veterans in need, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Service Dog Program

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K9 companions handled by our troops and veterans deliver safety and security. A little know fact is that there are service dogs trained to protect our troops and veterans who have also been impaired in battle, including those suffering from post-traumatic stress Injury (PTSI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The service dogs provide companionship, ease from anxiety and depression, and ease panic attacks and real threats of danger. More than that, our four-legged friends function on behalf of the injured veterans: seeing for the blind, and  hearing for the hearing impaired. Simply put, the service dogs help their owners cope with, and overcome, challenges in civilian life. Upon request and proper vetting, OFW will help offset expenses associated with owning a service dog, which can be prohibitive - $1,500/ year on average. An OFW beneficiary once asked if he could use a portion of the groceries gift card he was given to help feed his service dog.

Your tax deductible donation will help a veteran in their quest to improve their symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Soldier’s Best Friend’s expense to pair, train, and equip a veteran with a shelter dog is approximately $2,500. Your contribution will help directly in our mission.