Military Family Relief Fund

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Beginning on January 2, 2007, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) began accepting grant applications from the families of deployed or recently deployed Indiana National Guard members and members of the Selected Reserves. Effective July 1, 2016, the Military Family Relief Fund is available to all veterans that served on active duty during a national conflict or war time period.

The emergency grants may be used by the families for needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation and other essential family support expenses which have become difficult to afford. Grants up to $2,500 may be awarded.

Grants will be considered by the Indiana Veterans Affairs Commission and the applicant will be advised.

 Requirements are:

The service member must be serving honorably or must have received an honorable discharge.

The  individual is NOT qualified  if the service members term of active duty, wartime, military service is less than 12 months . (IC 10-17-12-10)

There is a documented need for financial assistance for necessities of daily living that include food, clothing, housing, utilities, medical service, prescriptions, insurance payments or other needs.

National Guard members must be a member of the Indiana Army or Air National Guard and must be a resident of Indiana. Reservists must be a resident of Indiana. Active duty members must have initially entered the military from Indiana and maintain Indiana as Home of Record.

The applicant must sign and date the application and provide all required proof and documentation.

The qualified individual or family member can receive up to $2,500 one time from the Family Relief Fund. The Director of the Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs may waive the requirements for emergency cases only upon written request indicating the circumstances justifying such a waiver.
Beginning July 1, 2016 the Military Family Relief Fund:                 

-Opens eligibility to all honorably discharged veterans who served at least 12 months of federal active duty during a national conflict or war time period.
-May provide grants to veterans and their dependent family members who are experiencing financial hardship.

-Funds may be used for
         Food
         Housing
         Utilities
         Transportation
         Medical Expenses

To apply: Applicants must fill out the MFRF packet below.

  • Download MFRF Packet

Please submit completed MFRF Packets to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Attn: Military Family Relief Fund
302 W. Washington St. Room E-120
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Applications and documentation may also be faxed to 317-232-7721 If you are unsure your fax was received please call before sending duplicate faxes. 

For more information, please contact Arianne Jimenez or one of the MFRF Staff  at 317-232-3910.
Inquiries may also be made via email to

Current MFRF Staff:
Arianne Jimenez
Will Thomas
Nicole Van Dyke
Caleb Murray
Mike Aichele