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2 Financial Assistance Skill Donors Referrals Disaster Assistance Adopt-A-Unit Troop and Family Support Activities Grants Free Call Days Free Virtual Pins 2 Post-secondary educational scholarships

3 September through June:  NMS provided support to over 400,000 military members and their families  MAP funded over 140 morale boosting events with almost 100,000 service members and their families  Operation Uplink provided over 160,000 connections  Unmet Needs assisted over 120 families with over $200,000 in assistance  VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” awarded 136 scholarships totaling over a half million dollars! FY RECAP 3

4 Contact: Darcie Jones Phone: (816) Operation Uplink forms and information available at: 4

5  Since 2006, Free Call Days have connected over 7.5 million calls  Continuing to provide at least three Free Call Days monthly through the end of 2014  Calls are free to the US, and landlines in other US home base countries, i.e.: Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy etc.  Free Call Day schedule is available at  DSN line access codes are provided for service members outside of Afghanistan/Kuwait for participation in the scheduled Free Call Days F REE C ALL D AYS 5

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7 7  Free Call Days will continue until the end 2014 with a minimum of 3 scheduled dates each month.  The 2014 Free Call Day schedule is available at  Each Free Call Day runs for a full 24 hour period and deployed service members can participate through both SPAWAR internet cafés AND military DSN lines.  Contact VFW Operation Uplink at with questions! F REE C ALL D AYS

8 D OMESTIC V IRTUAL P INS  Operation Uplink is sending virtual pins to VA hospitals, medical centers and deployed service members without Free Call Day access in lieu of domestic calling cards  Provides 100 minutes of talk time per pin  VFW Posts and Ladies Auxiliary members must complete request form to receive bulk virtual pins  Individual pin requests must include service member’s 8

9 Sport Clips Help-A-Hero Scholarship Program  Sport Clips’ commitment to our veterans and their families continues even with the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.  Beginning January 2014 Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to help our service members and veterans complete their educational goals.  Application is available online only at  Contact National Military Services with questions! 9

10 VFW “S PORT C LIPS H ELP A H ERO S CHOLARSHIP ” P ROGRAM  To be eligible applicants must be:  Retired, honorably discharged, active duty or a member of the National Guard or Reserves who have completed training  Have a military rank of E-5 or below  Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school  Demonstrate a financial need 10

11 Contact: John Linstra Phone: (816) ext. 211 All MAP applications and info available behind the log in at: 11

12  The Military Assistance Program (MAP) is the core NMS program that promotes VFW involvement and interaction with the local military community.  Provides an opportunity to learn about other programs and services the VFW provides.  Since 2007, MAP has hosted nearly 2 million military and families at over 2,100 events! 12

13 A DOPT -A-U NIT  Adopt-A-Unit enables VFW Posts and Auxiliaries to forge a connection with the local military community before, during and after deployment.  Adopt-A-Unit relationships are created and maintained by individual VFW Posts who work closely with unit commanders and senior enlisteds to provide the direct support the unit and their families need.  If your unit is interested in being adopted, please contact your local VFW Post(s).  Check if someone in the unit is already a member of the local VFW Post  Locate a VFW Post from the VFW’s website at  Or contact the VFW Military Assistance Program at VFW National Headquarters to locate a VFW Post to work with a or by calling (816) , ext

14 Contact: Mark Herron Phone: (866) Unmet Needs application and information available at: 14

15  Created in 2004 to assist military service members and their families experiencing a financial hardship directly related to their military service.  Provides grants up to $2,500 for qualified service members and their families. 15

16  Unmet Needs pays for basic life needs such as: mortgage, rent, repairs, insurance, utilities, food and clothing  Grants are paid directly to the “creditor” company and not to the individual  Hardship cannot be due to mismanagement of funds, civil, domestic matters, or legal issues  Application process takes approximately 20 business days after all required paperwork is received  Each case is reviewed individually and acceptance is determined by a committee 16

17 If all three criteria are not met, then the applicant is not eligible. Unmet Needs Application- Page 1 17

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