Veterans’ dependents may sign up for Operation Holiday

The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the Military Family Relief Fund Operation Holiday program is now open for applicants.

Indiana veteran families experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for up to $300 for each dependent in the household and $200 for a holiday meal.

“We want to provide our veteran families with some relief for essential expenses the upcoming holiday season,” said Dennis Wimer, director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. “Indiana’s MFRF was designed to provide financial assistance to veterans, and the Operation Holiday program allows us to serve more veterans and their families.”

Indiana veteran families and active duty service member families may apply for eligible dependents. The applicant’s household income must be below two times the poverty guideline.

Applicants must provide the following documentation: DD-214, W-9, direct deposit form, proof of income, leave and earnings statement if currently serving, bank statement and proof of child’s residency and dependency.

The Operation Holiday program may only be used to provide services to veteran families experiencing financial hardship who live in Indiana, have served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and hold a discharge in the form of a DD-214 or National Guard Bureau Form 22.

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