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EMERGENCY GRANT HAS FAMILY 'LOOKING UP'

She couldn't afford to miss treatment ...

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Deployment is never easy on a military spouse, but it was particularly hard on Jackie Foster* when her husband Dale*, a construction mechanic, left for Afghanistan.

Dale and Jackie live in Mississippi with their 4-year-old daughter. Jackie suffers from severe immune deficiency disorder and has frequent medical appointments for her treatment. She is unable to work because of her health issues, so the Fosters rely solely on Dale’s income.

When Jackie’s car needed repairs, it put her in a tight spot. Not only did she require transportation to get to her many appointments, she also needed financial assistance for the unexpected expense.

Thanks to a presentation by VFW members at Dale’s military base, Jackie learned about — and applied for — an emergency grant and was approved.
 
Jackie was extremely grateful for the help and was surprised by the quick turnaround. The repair shop received the money within a few days, and the repairs only took one day.

“We were having a rough time … but because of VFW, we got the help we needed in a timely manner! We cannot thank everyone enough!” said Jackie.

“This experience was amazing. I thought it was going to be a long process, but in fact, it was not,” she said.
 
Jackie also expressed gratitude for every VFW supporter who makes the assistance possible. “We would like to thank everyone who donates to VFW ... taking the time to help military families in need is amazing.”
 
The last year has been hard on the Fosters, but now they’re hopeful about the future.

“Since we got this grant, things have been looking up for us.”

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

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