A veteran is defined as “a person who served in the active military, naval or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable” (va.org). While the United States allocates a substantial amount of the annual budget to defense, veterans still meet difficulties in receiving alternative medical care, general nourishment and routine monetary assistance to cover living expenses.
Of course, GrantWatch.com provides grants specifically for veteran assistance. However, the majority of federal funding for veterans is given to nonprofit organizations to create suitable programs for veterans. While veterans may have access to those much-needed programs, they still require funding for their unique, personal needs.
Many servicemen and servicewomen began their service immediately following their graduation from high school. While the military offers educational benefits, some veterans were unable to gain the education and/or trade skills needed for a post-service career. In addition to funding for living expenses, such veterans would require scholarships to attend a university or trade school. Those that dream of running their own business would need start-up funding to do so.
Every day, we receive phone calls from brave servicemen and servicewomen asking if any grants or funding programs exist to help them meet their needs and achieve their goals. While such grants do exist, there are too few to meet the needs of thousands of courageous survivors. If you’re a veteran, then, where do you turn to get the funding you need to live the life you deserve?
Crowdfunding has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Online-fundraising platforms (like UHelp.com) allow nonprofits, small businesses and individuals to launch digital fundraisers for unique causes. Many crowdfunding platforms welcome all campaign types, meaning veterans can launch fundraisers for a variety of different reasons:
- To cover general living expenses, such as food, rent, gas and utilities
- To start a business
- To earn a degree at a local college or renowned university
- To pay for alternative medical expenses
- To improve current living conditions, such as home repairs and transportation
- To start a family
Understanding the exact purpose of a crowdfunding campaign is key to launching a successful fundraiser. A campaign must articulate its purpose in order to meet its goal(s). There are thousands of grateful citizens ready and willing to help those who have already helped them and their country. However, they cannot donate to a cause if they have not heard of it.
Do not limit your campaign to a single website, regardless of how well known it may be. Spread the news to every friend, family member, social-media platform, news outlet, etc. to generate interest about the veteran(s) that need funding for various needs.
Crowdfunding for veterans is not limited, though, to individual needs. Nonprofits, small businesses and other organizations can also launch campaigns to provide veteran assistance. Large associations have an advantage when it comes to crowdfunding, as success relies on publicity and fundraiser promotion. The larger the company following, the more attention the campaign will receive, resulting in more donations for the cause.
If you’re a veteran with a need for funding and no idea where to start, call a mentor at UHelp.com (888-240-1494). UHelp is a free-to-use crowdfunding website with substantial customer support and a detailed marketing program that helps you promote your campaign, generate interest and raise money. At UHelp, we help!
About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for UHelp.com.