Many times our search for information starts as a financial query or asking how it works. Please consider the agencies and sites listed below as “launching pads” to increase your web of support.
AIR FORCE AID ASSOCIATION: The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force, with the mission to “relieve the distress of Air Force members and their families.” AFAS can assist with a variety of financial needs including support with medical care and respite care. Find more information at (703)972-2650 or www.afas.org or contact your installation’s Family Support Center and/or EFMP.
Air Charity Network: Air Charity Network is a charitable organization that provides access for people in need who are seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community, or national crisis. Air Charity Network serves all 50 states and its volunteer pilots utilize their own aircraft, fuel and time to provide free air transportation to medical facilities for citizens who are financially distressed or otherwise unable to travel on public transportation. Air Charity Network members also coordinate flights to fly organ transplant candidates, people involved in clinical trials, chemotherapy or other repetitive treatment, victims of abuse seeking relocation, families receiving help from Ronald McDonald Houses, Shriners Hospitals and many other charities, disabled or sick children to special summer camp programs, and for many other humanitarian reasons.aircharitynetwork.org
THE ARC: May be able to recommend attorneys/financial planners. Can provide advice regarding guardianship/special needs trusts: www.thearc.org 1-800-433-5255.
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF SOCIETY: AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.” AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers. Visit www.aerhq.org or call 866-878-6378.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Each state has established a state program for assistive technology to address training for new equipment and/or loan programs. www.rensa.org/taproject 703-524-6686; 703-524-6639 TTY.
FISHER HOUSE: Fisher Houses provide a warm, compassionate “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families while a loved one is receiving care at major military and VA medical centers. For more information or to see the locations directory please go to www.fisherhouse.org or call toll-free (888) 294-8560.
THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION® grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. A child’s condition does not have to be terminal in order to have their wish granted. The child’s treating physician makes the determination of whether a child has a life-threatening illness. For more information go to: www.wish.org Toll-Free: (800) 722-WISH (9474).
MILITARY ONESOURCE: www.militaryonesource.com Military Onesource is one-stop shopping for information on pretty much what ever you need help with. Call or go online to request information for a specific problem and the research staff will gather viable information you can use from finances to where to find the closest roller rink. Call 1-800-342-9647
NAVY MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY: Go to www.nmcrs.org for information.
NICHCY: A national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). The NICHCY State Resource Sheet for your state will help you locate organizations and agencies within your state that address disability related issues. www.nichcy.org/states
THE PATIENT ADVOCACY COALITION: Help understanding your medical policy/help with making insurance appeals. www.patientadvocacy.net.
RESPITE CARE: Funding for respite is sometimes provided through your local Department of Developmental Disabilities or Medicaid Waiver Programs. National Respite Locator Service: www.chtop.com 919-490-5577 ext.223.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE: Ronald McDonald House Charities provide comfort and care to children and their families. These houses are usually located in close proximity to major medical facilities. Go to http://www.rmhc.org for more information.
“Working Together with Military Families of Individuals with DisAbilities!”