Vets Charity Tells Story of Leopoldo Nunez to Kick Off 2016 Grant Application Drive

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Many More Military Vets Expected to Apply for Much-Needed Financial Help This Year

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. – On July 4, 2016, ARMing Heroes (www.armingheroes.org), the collection industry’s charity for military veterans, will once again begin accepting applications for its No Debts for Vets grant-making program. The charity, which relies mainly on donations from ARM industry companies across the nation, provides grants to military vets and their families in need of financial support since returning home from service. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit http://armingheroes.org/arming-heroes/vet-support-center for eligibility information and application details.

Grant awards typically range from a few hundred up to a several thousand dollars, most in the form of a direct payment to a creditor or creditors on behalf of the grant recipient. In December 2015, the charity awarded more than $54,000 in grants, just in time for the holidays. Stories of a few 2015 grant recipient show the help and hope this grant program provides to America’s vets.

One grant recipient, Leopoldo Nunez, was especially grateful. He dedicated 21 years of his life to serving in the U.S. Marines as a combat engineer, an operations specialist, and finally as a recruiter, earning several commendations and awards along the way, including a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and several others.

Leo Nunez

Leo Nunez

 

After he retired from service and returned home to his family, Nunez struggled to make ends meet, but was unable to find work to help bridge the gap. Within one year, he lost his home to foreclosure and had to relocate and move in with family. He eventually found employment, but with his son starting college plus the costs associated with relocating again, his family’s finances were strained even further. Nunez turned to ARMing Heroes for help, and upon hearing the news of his grant award, he expressed his sincere appreciation.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank the donors for being so generous … This grant will allow me to start on the path to a better position by helping me pay my debts incurred in the move. Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts, my family and I are very grateful to receive this grant. We wish you and your donors the best in these holidays and a very dream fulfilling New Year.”

ARMing Heroes expects to receive hundreds of interested applicants this year, all hoping for help in meeting daily expenses for needs typically not covered by government programs or other military charities. The charity relies on the generosity of ARM industry companies across the country to make this grant program possible, and therefore encourages ARM firms to lend their support by holding a company-wide fundraising drive at any point throughout the year, or making a corporate donation. Information on how to get involved can be found here http://armingheroes.org/arming-heroes/ways-to-help/hold-a-drive

The charity’s flagship No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive runs from September 11th through Veterans Day, November 11th every year, however tax-deductible donations are accepted at any time online at www.armingheroes.org and via mail to PO Box 353, Collingswood, NJ 08108, payable to ARMing Heroes. Pledges may be made to info@armingheroes.org.  Any amounts pledged or donated now will be applied to the 2016 drive.

About ARMing Heroes

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 www.armingheroes.org.

What Can I Do Right Now to Help?

  • Visit www.armingheroes.org and donate now.
  • Make ARMing Heroes your designated charity through the AmazonSmile program.
  • Like the ARMing Heroes page and post this article to your page on Facebook.
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  • Join our group on LinkedIn, the ARMing Heroes Veterans Charity Supporter / Assistance Center.
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