Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: February 5, 2013, 5:53 PM
Veterans Above the Line New England (VAL) is a newly formed organization dedicated to seeing the American dream in action by aiding veterans of the United States military who are struggling to make ends meet because of their lower-median income level.
VAL strives to lend advantage to those veterans and their families; who work hard, but because of their income status do not qualify for the public assistance, especially housing assistance. These hardworking heroes need an opportunity.
VAL seeks to help veterans like Rick who enlisted and served in Afghanistan. After his enlistment period ended he decided to go to college, completed his undergraduate degree and found a job. However, his job only pays him $32,000 a year. He doesn't qualify for any housing assistance and the apartments he has looked at range from $1,200 to $1,400 a month. That's $14,400 to $16,800 a year. Rick is going to be living paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet. With VAL, Rick would be able to connect with landlords and property owners who will give Rick a discount because of his median veteran status. Instead of $1,200 to $1,400, then Rick may pay between $12,000 and $14,000 a year*. This helps Rick to save money and VAL is providing the opportunity.
With not-for-profit status currently pending, VAL is working to establish a foundation of donations that will assist America's freedom fighters in their endeavor to reach middle-income American freedom. By linking these veterans with an established network of residential and commercial landlords, who have graciously offered a reduction in the cost of rent, VAL is giving a leg-up to our nation's heroes to reach the income status they have sacrificed for and deserve.