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The Pioneers Assistance Fund provides financial aid to motion picture entertainment veterans of exhibition, distribution and trade services who are encountering an illness, transition or catastrophic event. Skilled social workers confidentially assess the needs and financial difficulties of veterans to assess. Financial aid to support the veteran's health and well being is provided when income and assets are limited. Financial aid is not available to treat alcohol or substance abuse.

Medical Rehabilitation
Temporary financial aid for:
  • Physician Fees
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Medications
  • Home Health Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Health Insurance
Requires five recent, qualifying years of employment in the motion picture entertainment industry.

Equipment Aid

Temporary grants for:
  • Hearing Aids
  • Orthotics
  • Mobility Aids
  • Assisted Devices
  • Home Health Supplies
  • Bath Safety Aids
  • Emergency Call System

Requires five recent, qualifying years of employment in the motion picture entertainment industry.

Vocational Rehabilitation
Temporary financial aid for:
  • Skill Analysis
  • Career Counseling
  • Retraining
  • Job-Seeking Advice

Requires ten recent, qualifying years of of employment in the motion picture entertainment industry.

Emergency Grant
Temporary financial aid for:
  • Housing 
  • Utilities
  • Food
  • Burial or Cremation

Requires ten recent, qualifying years of of employment in the motion picture entertainment industry.

Pioneer Quality of Life Grant
  • Monthly stipend for frail or disabled low income senior veterans.

This program requires a lengthy career in the motion picture entertainment industry prior to retirement. Applicants must be at least 60 years of age, unless permanently disabled with extenuating circumstances.


To request an application for financial aid:
Call (888) 994-3863, ext. 2390, or email socialservices@wrmail.org.

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