The Commission on Children and Youth strives to strengthen families, supports organizations that help young people, and maintains programs that meet the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of minors facing challenges. The Legion has been a strong advocate for the children and youth of our nation since its founding in 1919.
Among the commission’s prominent programs is the Family Support Network (FSN), which connects Legion volunteers to military families with children at home. FSN offers volunteer help for military families, while the Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program provides cash grants to help military families through difficult times.
To fulfill its mission, the commission supports such notable organizations as the Children’s Miracle Network, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, and Operation: Military Kids.
This pillar responsibility of the Legion also includes support for programs that aim to prevent teen suicides, eradicate child pornography, ensure child safety and reduce substance abuse.