Military families who have a deployed service member and are under financial stress are urged to apply for grants through the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.
"Military services is not only challenging and dangerous but can also put financial strain on the families of those serving," said State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville. "These grants can go a long way toward providing military members and their families with financial stability and peace of mind. That is why I fought to ensure that this program was expanded in the upcoming budget year."
The fund provides monetary grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and Illinois residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves who were called to active duty after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The grants help service members and their families cover the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services and other expenses.
To apply for a grant or to learn more about the program, visit www.il.ngb.army.mil/programs/imrf.aspx or call 866-524-4564.