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Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program
Oregon Service Member Relief Fund (OSMRF)
The OSMRF is a private, non-profit organization which collects and holds funds to relieve distress of current members of the Oregon National Guard (ORNG), their dependents, and veterans of the Oregon National Guard. A veteran is defined as an individual who has served for a minimum period of 6 years and was honorably discharged from the Oregon Army or Air National Guard. The OSMRF provides commanders with an important asset to accomplish their basic command responsibility for morale and welfare of their unit members.
Types of Assistance Available.
Funds available in the OSMRF are normally used for two purposes: The Loan Fund provides funds to assist soldiers and airman in the ORNG. The Grant Fund provides one time grants to soldiers and airman in the ORNG and their families, to assist them in payment of their debts, and where repayment of the grant would be difficult or inappropriate.
The local commander and the chain of command are best able to evaluate a genuine need for financial assistance. Applicants should be counseled by their unit Senior Sergeant or First Sergeant or unit commander, who must approve or disapprove a request for assistance. A request must also have the approval of the Family Assistance Specialist. The Family Assistance Specialist may also submit an assistance request on behalf of a unit member, without obtaining concurrence from unit leadership. In this case this request will be reviewed and approved/disapproved by the State level Family Program Coordinator, before forwarding to OSMRF. An explanation for the violation of the chain of command should be included.