Salvation Army Grant Helping Vets

The Salvation Army in Peoria is receiving over $1.6 million from the federal government to help veterans and their families.

The funding comes from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.

The SSVF program awards grants to non-profit organizations and cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

In Peoria, the Salvation Army Veterans Outreach Center has assisted over 1,000 veterans and their families in the past year.

"We can offer rent assistance and utility assistance, as well as help them find out if they're eligible for other benefits with other resources," says Rich Draeger with the Salvation Army in Peoria.

Five other Central Illinois Salvation Army offices will also benefit from the SSVF grant. Those locations are in Decatur, Danville, Champaign, Bloomington, and Springfield.

For more information on veterans benefits available through the Salvation Army call (309) 655-7272, or
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