Grantee Profile: USA Cares
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In October 2003, USA Cares was launched through a grassroots partnership between the management of WAVE-3 TV (NBC) in Louisville, Kentucky; Kroger Food Stores – Mid-South Division; and the Fort Knox Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

USA Cares is an organization that provides financial services to veterans as they transition back into civilian life, search for employment, and/or receive needed treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Military Sexual Trauma (MST)” said Darla Brown, Grant Writer for USA Cares.

Today, USA Cares achieves this goal through their four core programs, Combat Injured Assistance, Job Assistance, Emergency Assistance, and Housing Assistance.

The Combat Injured Assistance program is more focused for disabled veteran seeking assistance.

“Many veterans will not seek treatment for their PTSD, TBI or MST, because they worry about how they will care for and support their families while in treatment” said Darla, “Thus, USA Cares created the Combat Injured Program, to ensure the veteran’s family is provided for while treatment is received.  Simply put, we keep them in their home, the lights on and food on the table.”

“To date, USA Cares has responded to over 65,000 requests for assistance with more than $11,500,000 in-direct support grants,” Darla tells DVNF and, “On average we serve 10,000 veterans annually.  Our weekly call volume can range from 150 to 350 calls a week.”

And this is what makes DVNF proud to call USA Cares one of our Summer 2015 grantees.

Darla adds, “The support from DVNF will help USA Cares be able to continue its mission of providing financial assistance to combat injured families, specifically those undergoing treatment for invisible wounds.  In doing so, Veterans will be able to gain access to care that they may otherwise not have been able to receive.”

Since USA Cares has been offering it’s services they have seen an increase in veterans willing to attend the inpatient treatment needed.

Darla wants families who are potentially seeking assistance from USA Cares , “that we have ‘HEART.’  As an organization, we are Honest, Empathetic, Accountable, Respectful and we are a Team.“

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