What is the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund?
The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) was established by the Arizona Legislature in 2007 to provide financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members and Post-9/11 Military and Veteran Families for hardships caused by the service member’s deployment after September 11, 2001.
In 2018, Gov. Doug Ducey approved House Bill 2191, amending current statute 41-608.04 regarding the MFRF program. The amendment expanded the MFRF program to include applicants who deployed before September 11, 2001 who meet the qualifying MFRF criteria.
We are accepting applications for both the Pre-9/11 and Post-9/11 Arizona Military Family Relief Funds. Applicants can only request assistance from one fund. All applicants will use the same application below.
Service Members and Veterans discharged under honorable conditions who meet all of the following criteria may be eligible for financial assistance:
- Deployment by the service member or Veteran
- Military deployment is the movement of armed forces. Deployment includes any movement from a military service member’s home station to somewhere outside the continental U.S. and its territories.
- Arizona Residency (one of the following must apply to the service member or veteran)
- Claimed Arizona as home of record OR
- Member of Arizona National Guard at time of deployment OR
- Deployed from an Arizona military installation
- Financial Hardship (one of the following must apply):
For veterans: must demonstrate that a deployment caused their current financial hardship
For family members of a service member: must demonstrate that a financial hardship is due to the service member’s current deployment
For surviving families: service member or Veteran died or was wounded in the line of duty and family members need financial assistance with travel and living expenses
(If a widow, widower or dependent child of a deceased service member is applying for financial assistance, the
service member must have died in the line of duty in a combat zone or a zone where the person was receiving
hazardous duty pay)
Financial assistance from the Arizona Military Family Relief Funds are determined by MFRF Advisory Committees, which are comprised of twelve members appointed by the Governor, as well as the ADVS Director or the Director’s designee. The Pre-9/11 and Post-9/11 MFRF have separate advisory committees. One-time emergency financial assistance is available for first-time applicants through the Pre-9/11 or Post-9/11 MFRF Emergency Committee, which is comprised of five of the Advisory Committee members.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, but are subject to change. The applications are due by 4:00pm on the cut-off date, if the applications are received after the aforementioned time, they will be considered during the following month’s advisory committee meeting.
***Applicants are allowed to submit a one-time emergency request, which will be considered upon receipt***
MFRF Advisory Committee & Application Processing
To the Public:
Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, the Military Family Relief Fund program and its committees hereby state that all meeting notices of this public body and any of its committees will be posted electronically here on this website and the Arizona Public Meeting Notices Website (https://publicmeetings.az.gov/arizona-public-meetings). Physical copies of the public meeting notices will be posted at the following location:
Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
3839 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85012
This office is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, except legal holidays and state mandated furlough days. All meeting notices and agendas will be posted in these locations at least 24 hours in advance of the meetings. MFRF and its committees are open to the public.
MFRF Emergency Committee
- The Emergency Committee will do a one-time review of an application to provide an expedited response to emergent financial needs.
- Emergency funds can only be used once, any future applications will be reviewed by the full MFRF Advisory Committee.
- The MFRF Emergency Committee has 5 business days to vote on all submitted applications.
- Once an Emergency application is approved, checks are issued within 5-10 business days and will be mailed out to vendors by ADVS on behalf of the applicant.