The government shutdown is impacting Florida’s active duty military members. It could also potentially affect the veteran community who are employed through the Department of Homeland Security or rely on government funded programs (i.e. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or Housing and Urban Development- VA Supportive Housing). In fact, Florida ranks number #1 in veterans utilizing government funded food assistance programs.
The American Legion and PROJECT: VetRelief are ready to support those who are affected by the government shutdown. Both resources are established programs that support our service members during an emergency.
The American Legion National Headquarters and PROJECT: VetRelief, a program of The American Legion, Department of Florida, will be see a substantial increase in the number of applications requesting assistance over the next few weeks.
We are committed to doing what we can to support Florida’s active duty military members, veterans, and their families, but resources are limited. The Coast Guard’s single pay cycle alone is approximately $150 million dollars, according to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance website. Since both programs are privately funded, they are not capable of providing that amount of funding.