According to guidance from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration, Tuesday’s shutdown of the U.S. Federal government will put November benefits checks at risk for military veterans who would otherwise normally receive a payment as a result of their military service – just in time for the holidays.

ARMing Heroes, the collection industry’s charity for military veterans, has already raised tens of thousands of dollars this year for veterans.  Most of these dollars will be disbursed through direct grants payable to any grant recipients’ creditors, just in time for the holidays, as a result of the fourth annual No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive, which runs from September 11th through Veterans Day, November 11th, every year. Tax deductible donations are now being accepted online at and via mail to PO Box 353, Collingswood, NJ 08108, payable to ARMing Heroes.

Knowing how the shutdown will affect veterans at this difficult time, past donors recently shared why they continue to support this nationwide, industry-specific cause.

Mike Shoop, President of Professional Finance Company, based in Colorado, stated, “There are infinite opportunities to give to well-deserving organizations and causes. However, nothing in my mind is more important than helping our veterans and their families adjust to civilian life after serving our country. We are all indebted to them for their sacrifices to safeguard our freedoms. I am pleased and proud to support ARMing Heroes now and in the future.”

Over in the Midwest, Rick Brammer shared why his company, United Credit Service, has donated once again this year. “We truly respect and appreciate the men and women in our country volunteering to shoulder the burden of protecting and defending our lives, freedoms, values, and interests. They exhibit such strong character each and every day as they put their lives on the line for all of us. ARMing Heroes gives us the ability to say thank you in a way that can make a real difference in a veteran’s life.”

Much larger companies have shown their support recently as well.  Gatestone & Co. International Chairman and CEO Nicholas Wilson said, “Gatestone is pleased to play a part in supporting veterans through our donation to the No Debts for Vets initiative, and we respect ARMing Heroes’ mission of serving those who have served our country.”

Echoing this sentiment, Karena Holt, Vice President of Operations at The Regional Adjustment Bureau, added, “It is a pleasure for RAB to be able to assist military veterans through ARMing Heroes. We appreciate the service that they have provided for our country. We supported this charity last year and plan to continue in hopes to help a veteran in need.”

ARMing Heroes was founded and began operating in March, 2009.  The organization’s mission is to serve the needs of U.S. military veterans, including their spouse and children. ARMing Heroes fills a charitable niche by linking people identified with employment, credit, and financial counseling needs with the accounts receivable management industry, an industry uniquely poised to help in these areas.  Persons interested in volunteering their time and others interested in applying for benefits or pledging other forms of support are encouraged to contact the organization at

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