Hardship is defined as a condition that is difficult to endure or something that causes suffering.
As a member veteran, if you are facing a personal hardship, the Kentucky – Indiana Chapter is here to assist you. Although a hardship request can be for any need, some common requests include:
- Financial Issues
- Home Modification
- Emergency Housing/Food/Supplies
The Hardship Program seeks to fulfill the KIPVA mission by filling the gaps sometimes found in VA benefits, serving as a safety net in times of difficulty or providing a need that is unavailable from other sources.
If you are experiencing difficulty, please reach out to us. We are here to help!
Contact Us for a Hardship Application
All hardship grants are provided for the benefit and use of a KIPVA member/veteran only. Applicants must be a KIPVA member and may be subject to a background check.
All grant requests are referred to the Hardship Committee for consideration. The KIPVA President may approve emergency grants of less than $500 only when there is immediate concern for the health and or safety.
The Hardship Committee uses the following criteria when considering a grant request:
- Are KIPVA funds available?
- Does the request meet the definition of a hardship?
- Is this request covered by an existing VA benefit or private program?
- Is the need documented? Along with financial information, this might include bills, receipts, and statements from a health care provider, therapist, social worker, employer or other source.
- Is additional information needed? For example: home modification plans, therapist assessment, etc.
- Is outside help needed? Could part of the request be filled with donated labor or goods? Is a contractor needed? Is training needed?
- Is additional assistance needed for long-term benefit?
The Hardship Committee reserves the right to request additional information or documentation, based on the nature of the request.
Small Request = Big Results
KIPVA member, Wendall currently lives in the Thompson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY and is separated from his family. We recently received a small hardship request from Wendall. He asked for a telephone and laptop computer that would allow him to communicate with his family using software provided by the VA. It was a request that KIPVA was able to grant. Now Wendall is able to stay in close contact with his loving family. He has even attended a KIPVA Picnic, outing to Keeneland, and a tuck race at Kentucky Speedway. We are looking forward to seeing more of Wendall in the future.