Upstate Warrior Solution
Emergency COVID-19 Relief
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in January 2021, veteran unemployment rose to 5.5 percent, and that post-9/11 veteran unemployment rose from 5.1 to 6.3 percent. Of the half million unemployed veterans in January 2021, 74 percent have been unemployed for more than five weeks. Upstate Warrior Solution (UWS), a BWF local partner, has seen an increase in veterans experiencing financial hardship due to unplanned job and wage loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. UWS provides resource navigation and supportive services to service members, veterans, and their families in the Upstate of South Carolina. This BWF grant will provide a combination of housing, utility, and food assistance to at least 20 veteran/military families living in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties, to mitigate financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.