Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) is a California non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2005. STEP assists junior active duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial crisis achieve long term financial self-sufficiency through counseling, education and grants to alleviate critical near term obligations. STEP provides aid to those in and from the lower six military pay grades. Southern California has one of the highest cost of living indexes in the country and active duty military families living on meager base incomes struggle each month trying to make ends meet. STEP also offers emergency financial assistance to veterans and their immediate families within the first 18 months after honorable discharge from service to assist in their successful reintegration back into civilian life. The Organization offers a multitude of services and programs to strengthen health and well-being for these families who demonstrate verified need and provides the following services and programs to active duty and recently discharged military families in Southern California: Emergency financial counseling and grants and morale programs, such as Holiday assistance, financial planning seminars/classes, wounded warrior care giver respite events and distribution of in-kind goods.