This "Unmet Needs" Program is offered as part of the Wisconsin VFW's commitment to serving our comrades-in-arms when they need a helping hand. It is not, however, a "hand out" program. The assistance this program offers is directed toward financial assistance that could help pay bills that provide for basic life needs.

Once an application is completed and submitted it is acted upon quickly. Often the applicant will receive a direct cash grant, or will be promptly referred to an appropriate agency that can resolve the issue at hand. Sometimes we may provide a combination of both grant money and referral.

The funding for this program comes from direct large and small contributions of private donors, entrusted to us for delivering the assistance an applicant needs. Applications are processed entirely by VFW volunteers.


Please click here to download our Unmet Needs Application, which spells out all requirements. (Once downloaded to your computer the form can be filled out on your computer using Adobe Reader and printed out for submission.



It is not the intent of the Emergency/Disaster Fund to cover all expenses but to provide early cash money for immediate needs. When your primary residence is involved in an Emergency/Disaster.

Definition of Emergency Disaster:

Any happening that causes loss of property (residence) or extensive damage to property in estimated excess of $5,000.00. This does not have to be a declared State or National Disaster. Individual and/or local occurrences would qualify for assistance, one claim per household per incident, maximum twice in one given year.

Who is Eligible?

 Wisconsin VFW AND/OR Auxiliary members in good standing.

Monetary Assistance:

A flat allocation to be set by Department based on availability of funds, currently $300.00 to $750.00 for immediate needs. More moneys could be made available under certain conditions and situation with Department approval. This should be applied for separately, direct to Department Headquarters.

Application for Assistance:

Application form for assistance from this program is available through the VFW Post Commander and Quartermaster or click here to download the Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund application.

Verification for assistance will come through your Post Officers to the Department Emergency and Disaster Chairperson/Department Headquarters for final verification and payment.