May 23, 2013

Contact: Sonya Barash
Director of Marketing & Outreach
Modest Needs Foundation
New York, NY
(212) 463–7042 x118
(734) 355–7181

Caroline Graham
C4 Global Communications
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 899–2727

Modest Needs Foundation Launches Veterans Grant Program

NEW YORK — Modest Needs Foundation, a non–profit organization serving persons facing short–term financial emergencies, is proud to announce the launch of its Homecoming Heroes program. Via this new grant program, Modest Needs is proud to offer support to veterans recently released from active military duty in an effort to ease their transition from military service to civilian life. The Homecoming Heroes program launches Monday, May 27, 2013 and is open to veterans from 50 United States who have returned home from active duty (or have transitioned from active duty to civilian life) within the past 12 months and are waiting for an anticipated, foreseeable source of income, which, once received, will allow them to remain productively self–sufficient.

News reports and requests for assistance from recently–discharged military personnel have proven that, for some time, persons returning from overseas deployment have faced short–term, emergency financial crises due to ongoing and significant delays in funding their pending claims from the VA and other sources. In one recent application for assistance from Modest Needs, an injured soldier wrote, in part, “My wife and I are expecting our first child in June. I was recently medically discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps for an injury sustained on active duty. I’ve lost all monthly income and have a pending claim through the VA, but they are currently 1.5–2 years behind. Our most imminent need is to catch up with my wife’s Ob–Gyn bill.”

This application was entirely funded by Modest Needs’ donors and has been one of many such applications submitted to Modest Needs by persons recently returning to the United States from active military deployment. After reviewing requests for help placed by veterans over the past twelve months, Modest Needs concluded that a program providing short–term emergency assistance to recently discharged veterans was critically necessary, but that such programs were not generally available through conventional social service programs. Modest Needs has stepped in to fill that gap through its “Homecoming Heroes” program.

Thanks to significant support from the Herb Alpert Foundation and other private sources of funding, Modest Needs currently has a number of matching grant incentives available that will allow donors to double the value of their contributions to the Homecoming Heroes program, or to any of Modest Needs’ standing grant programs. Potential donors and applicants can learn more about how to apply for assistance through this program and the matching incentives available by visiting Modest Needs’ website after the launch of Modest Needs’ Homecoming Heroes program, scheduled for Memorial Day, May 27, 2013.

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Since 2002, Modest Needs’ donors have stopped the cycle of poverty for nearly 11,500 hard–working individuals and families that conventional philanthropy otherwise had forgotten. Grants are also available for those facing short–term emergency expenses, transitioning to (or embarking on) new employment, to non–profits, and specific types of disaster relief. Modest Needs has been awarded the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s ‘Seal of Approval’ in recognition of its operational integrity and is the recipient of ‘Great Non–Profits’ 2012 ‘Top Rated’ award.