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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, some U.S. states are taking action to assist veterans who are being hurt by the outbreak’s economic impact.

While all states offer special benefits to veterans starting from free fishing licenses to home loans and free college, two have recently announced new and expanded cash relief programs for his or her veterans.


Minnesota Offers Two New Financial Relief Programs


In late March, the state of Minnesota created a special program that will assist veterans who could also be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides $6.2 million to Minnesota veterans through two new grants.

The COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant provides $1,000 to veterans and their families who have suffered negative financial effects thanks to COVID-19. The grant is hospitable to all Minnesota resident veterans or their unmarried surviving spouses.
The COVID-19 Special Needs Grant provides one-time financial assistance to a Minnesota resident veteran or their unmarried surviving spouse who needs help thanks to a COVID-19-related event. Money from this grant goes on to the creditors; none is given to the applicant.

This grant is essential won’t to the lookout of bills that a veteran or survivor is unable to pay as a result of unemployment or under-employment caused by the pandemic. Some samples of qualified expenses include utility bills, insurance, rent or mortgage, auto repairs, etc.
Minnesota also offers other cash grants and loans to veterans or their survivors who find themselves in need and aren’t personally suffering from COVID-19
Indiana Expands Existing Programs
The state of Indiana has loosened requirements for its Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) in light of the statewide economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Indiana Expands Existing Programs


The state of Indiana has loosened requirements for its Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) in light of the statewide economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The MFRF is now available to more veterans, also as active-duty members, and therefore the grant is being made available to those that may have received it before. The MFRF COVID-19 grant could also be used for up to 2 months of household needs, like food, housing, utilities, medical services, child care, and other essential family support that has become difficult to afford.

Indiana resident veterans who received an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge could also be eligible, also as active-duty members with a minimum of 12 months’ active service. Dependents can also be eligible if the standards listed above are met.

The normal grant amount is $2,500, but larger amounts could also be authorized if the great need is proven.


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