Marion Veterans Agent Barry Denham is pleased to announce that an emergency fund has been established to further assist veterans and their spouses in times of need.
The creation of the fund was approved by the Marion Board of Selectmen on October 15.
The fund will be used to help Marion veterans and their spouses who have short-term financial needs.
The fund will be controlled by the Marion Veterans Services Office and Marion Council on Aging. Disbursement of the funds will be evaluated by both agencies on a case-by-case basis and will be released if the need cannot be met by the day-to-day services provided by local, state or federal veterans assistance programs.
“Sometimes there are tools that we do not have in our toolbox to assist a veteran or their families,” Denham said. “We wanted to establish this fund in order to provide a lifeline to help when resources are not available through other means.”
Any Marion resident who meets the state’s eligibility requirements to be considered a veteran is eligible to request to receive funds. A veteran’s widow or widower may also request funds. Proof of residency must be provided.
The veteran’s fund will be funded solely by donations. Those who would like to donate to the fund can send a check written out to the “Town of Marion” with “Veteran” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the Council on Aging office at 465 Mill St., Marion, MA 02738.
Anyone with further questions can contact the Marion Veterans Services Office at 508-758-4100, Ext. 7.