I need help with payment of my rent, utilities, and food. Is there anything your office can do?

Eligible Costs

The Nebraska Veterans' Aid Fund (NVA) can at times help with certain items for a Lancaster County veteran or their dependents if, due to an unforeseen emergency and loss of income (that is not the result of a veteran's improper actions) there is a financial need. It is a short term assistance source. The assistance must be for:

  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Medical or surgical expenses
  • Shelter
  • Utilities

Only current basic bills can be considered; past due bills cannot be considered. Certain factors and rules determine just what expenses this fund can help with, but we can discuss specifics when you come in to complete the application. We do not guarantee assistance.

Application Process

An applicant completes an application, which lists their monthly combined household income from all sources against expenses and lists assets and net worth. If available assets are adequate to meet the family's needs, the NVA fund will allow no help. The application states the unforeseen emergency and the date it began. We then submit the application, proof of legal Nebraska residency (Nebraska legal residency proof is required), and honorable discharge documents, to the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs for consideration. Once the State has received the application, it takes about 1 to 2 weeks for an answer.

Please bring the following highlighted items, as your situation warrants, to our office when you come in to complete the application:

  • The veteran's active duty honorable discharge (DD-214 is required for all applications)
  • A rental agreement or mortgage payment book if applying for assistance with shelter
  • Utility bills if applying for help with utilities
  • Your marriage certificate, if married
  • A list of incoming income for the last six months and current outgoing expenses
  • Medical proof of treatment or disability
  • A statement from employer on reason for reduction of hours/termination/layoff
  • Department of Labor unemployment benefits determination\
  • Death certificate if the veteran is deceased

We are located at:
605 S 10th Street
Room 373
Lincoln, NE 68508

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