Basic Needs Program - limited financial assistance for military families whose ability to provide for themselves has been compromised by the grief of losing a service member in a time of war. Often times, military benefits are not made available to all family members who need them. The Basic Needs Program can fill in the benefits gap for these families, while at the same time, offering referrals and advocacy in order to address the obstacles to financial self-sufficiency. The Basic Needs Program can be the bridge for missed rental/mortgage payments, utility bills, education and vocation training costs and other basic necessities.
Emergency Casualty Assistance - financial support to military families who are impacted by the death of an immediate family service member. Funds from this program may be used to pay for expenses related to the funeral of a family service member which are not covered by any military program or benefit and may be accessed by the bereaved family or by a Casualty Assistance Officer acting on their behalf.
The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund can offer referrals to resources for mental health providers, military benefit advocates, legal services, financial/estate planning and more.
CLINICAL CASE MANAGEMENT
Eligible family members can meet with the staff social worker on a regular basis to help them address psychiatric obstacles to benefits and social services. Meetings will focus on coordination of services being provided by all agencies working with the family member, particularly any involved therapists. This program does not take the place of regular mental health counseling.
The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund staff will assist family members with obtaining social services, insurance payments and other benefits which can be difficult to navigate.
COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS
Private events for bereaved military families such as Red Sox games, Boston Pops concerts, beach days and more. The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund also operates a private Facebook group exclusively for local bereaved military families to network and share information with each other.
Public events for the community to show their support for the military and their families - including an annual care package assembly project on the September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, and the creation of a Memorial Day flag garden on Boston Common of thousands of flags.