So what happens with my donation now that the government appears to be reopened?

On January 25 Donald Trump announced that he would sign a Bill reopening government for 21 days; after which he may close the government again. Both Houses passed a bill to reopen government until February 15, and Donald Trump endorsed it. As of this moment, government has been reopened. 

Because it's your money we would like to offer you the following options as to how you wish us to proceed.
Note: Some portion of your contributions has already been spent providing direct relief (i.e. paying utility bills, rent, and mortgages).

  1. Sit tight for now. Leave your donation money in the special accounts we've established for the next month or so and see what happens with the government. 
  2. In the month of March 2019, barring any indication that the government will be closing again,  we should transfer the remaining undistributed balance into the general VFW Veterans Relief Fund. This is a general fund designated to help all veterans that are active duty or have formerly served, with emergency relief (i.e. utility bills, rent, mortgages, emergency medical etc). 
  3. Refund any undistributed portion of your donation. *
  4. In the form we provided an option where you may type in your own preference. Please use the form below.

If you wish to respond now, we have created a form where you may express your preference. Click Here

If you have any questions, please contact us at mail@shutdownhelp.US

* How we would determine refund amounts. We would call on the VFW Quartermaster to total all contributions of cash, check, and credit cards (minus fees), then subtract disbursements. This would determine a ratio of funds spent on relief vs funds received. We would refund your proportion of remaining funds based upon your total contribution(s). If your contribution was make in cash or via check, we would ask you to provide  a copy of the receipt issued by the VFW acknowledging your contribution for tax purposes.