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Veterans’ Trust Fund


Mission Statement:

The Veterans' Trust Fund of South Carolina was established to serve the veterans of South Carolina by initiating, and assisting established veteran-supported programs to enhance the quality of life of our veterans and their families. The Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees emphasizes the education of South Carolina citizens of the values of patriotism and service to our Nation, for veterans’ sacrifices made on behalf of our freedom. In so doing, provides financial assistance through the awarding of grants for worthy causes that benefit the veterans of South Carolina.

Board Members

  • Will F. Grimsley, Executive Director
  • Jimmy E. Hawk, Chairman
  • Dale F. Ellenburg, Vice Chairman
  • James C. Brown, Treasurer
  • Bevin Studstill, Secretary
  • Valerie A. Brunson, Parliamentarian
  • Gloria J. Evans
  • James A. White
  • Robin Ghent
  • James R. Lorraine
  • Christopher M. Maddox
  • COL Ronald F. Taylor
  • James A. White
  • John David 'JD' Wilcox, Jr.
  • TerryLynn Di Chiara, Assistant Secretary

How will South Carolina Veterans benefit from the Veterans Trust Fund?

The Veterans' Trust Fund strives to fund partnerships with charitable organizations, veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans' affairs to fund improved assistance and support for South Carolina veterans and their families. Grants from the Veterans' Trust Fund may assist veterans in obtaining federal veterans benefits and pensions earned by virtue of their service and sacrifice.

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Maintaining a healthy trust fund is critical to the SCVTF's service mission. The Veterans' Trust Fund provides a variety of benefits to South Carolina veterans and their families through the following:

  • Tuition and fee reimbursement grants part-time
  • Study grants
  • Retraining grants
  • Employment grants
  • Subsistence aid grants
  • Health care aid grants
  • Grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to veterans
  • Grants to counties for the operation of county veterans' service offices
  • Grants to veteran's organizations that offer specialized services, such as assistance in filing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs, and transportation to VA medical facilities
  • Transportation grants for those who transport veterans to medical appointments
  • Personal loan programs, consumer loan programs and economic assistance loans
  • Homeless veterans programs
  • State veterans cemeteries
  • Burial honors programs


For tax purposes, donations to the Veterans' Trust Fund are considered 'charitable contributions.' The definition of 'charitable contributions' in the Internal Revenue Code (26 USC 170(c)(I)) includes contributions to state governments that are used for public purposes. A gift or donation to the Veterans' Trust Fund is tax deductible just like, and to the same extent as, any charitable contribution. See IRS Publication 526 (charitable contributions).

Veterans’ Trust Fund of South Carolina
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 369
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0200
Fax: (803) 734-4014