Florida American Legion Department Commander Steve Shuga helps unload water at Post 43 in Homestead, Fla., on Friday, September 15, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.

NEF deadline extended for hurricane victims

More than 100 National Emergency Fund (NEF) grants have been distributed to American Legion members, posts and Sons of The American Legion members following the series of devastating hurricanes last fall.

Legionnaires and posts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico received the bulk of the aid after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck those areas, respectively.

“This is what The American Legion does,” said National Commander Denise H. Rohan. “When our brothers and sisters face tough times, we pull together as a family, to provide whatever help they need – an emergency grant, a shelter for the night or just comfort from a fellow veteran.”

NEF provides emergency grants to eligible members of The American Legion and SAL who have been victimized by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Individuals can receive grants up to $3,000, while Legion posts can receive up to $10,000.

Due to the severe damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the deadline for applying for grants has been extended to Feb. 1. To apply for a grant, please visit www.legion.org/nef.

Two Texas posts and one in Florida received the full amount from NEF.

“It is critical to help these posts recover, not only for their members and The American Legion as a whole, but for the communities which they serve,” Rohan said. “We’ve seen from past disasters like Superstorm Sandy that investing in a post’s recovery pays immense dividends when members return to serving their communities once again.”

To donate to NEF, please visit www.legion.org/donate.