Financial Assistance Program
The Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. Acts of Kindness – Emergency Relief Program became a part of the organization on Oct. 14, 2014. The program was created to provide appropriate relief to eligible veterans, or disabled veterans who experience a qualifying event, or emergency.
To be eligible for financial assistance, a person should have served in one of the military branches of the United States of America, who have been classified as a veteran, or disabled veteran with one of the following types of military discharge – honorable, general under honorable conditions, or retired. Persons not eligible include veterans, or disabled veterans with other than honorable, bad conduct and dishonorable military discharge.
Those who meet the criteria can begin the application process by contacting Judy Souders at (239) 257-3410, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The veteran, or disabled veteran will be prescreened over the telephone to determine potential eligibility. If the veteran, or disabled veteran, appears to meet the basic guidelines, an appointment will be scheduled.
The first family to benefit from the Acts of Kindness program was Melissa and Eddie Breese, a family who live in Cape Coral just days after the program was implemented.
“I didn’t even see the amount on the check until after they left,” Melissa said the following day during an interview. “Eddie looked at it and I seen tears in his eyes as they were walking out the door. He handed me the check . . . what can I say . . . it was amazing.”
Although the family had recently lost their home, among other things, Melissa said during the interview that it was people like the Wounded Warrior Anglers who really came through for them, helping them see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Wounded Warrior Anglers just paid our first month’s rent,” she said, adding that the donation.