While service members are deployed, their families remain back home during these frustrating times. For the spouse of a recently deployed North Carolina National Guard soldier, not only is she left alone to cope with the global pandemic of COVID-19, she is combating unemployment.
After learning of the spouse’s situation, The North Carolina National Guard Family Programs coordinator immediately stepped in to help, providing relief through the “Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund” to support her family with bills such as rent and utilities. The spouse was also referred to NCServes Central Carolina for further assistance.
NCServes Central Carolina received the referral and immediately responded to her family’s needs. The spouse was granted the necessary funds to ensure that her family was able to stock up on essential food items. In less than 72-hours, she was sent a $100 gift card donated from Harris Teeter along with information about additional food pantries and resources in her local area.
“As the Community Coordinator over the case, I immediately empathized with the spouse. I flashed back on my own hardships during my husband’s past deployments, and I knew we needed to respond quickly,” said Jessica Salinas, the NCServes Triad Community Coordinator supporting the referral.
NCServes Central Carolina is dedicated to giving back and assisting Active-Duty, Veterans, and Military Families, providing them with the resources they need to succeed throughout their military journey and transition back to civilian life.
“Our ability to support our service members, veterans and their families would not be possible without the commitment and servant leadership of our partner providers as well as the generous support of our donors,” said Thomas Walker, the NCServes Central Carolina Network Director. “Our community has come together to create a new innovative approach of leveraging existing strengths, philanthropic leadership, and local coordination to better serve our military and veteran families.”
“I cannot thank you enough for listening, caring, and really doing something to help me,” said the spouse of the deployed National Guard soldier who received the assistance.
Active duty, National Guard, Reserve Service members as well as veterans, service members and their families who reside in the Raleigh area are eligible for support from the NCServes Central Carolina network. If you are a veteran, service member or family member in need of assistance, please click here to fill out the ‘Get Assistance’ form or call us at 1-866-249-6656.
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