The American Legion National Emergency Fund (NEF) stands ready to assist Legionnaires, American Legion posts and Sons of The American Legion members affected by a declared natural disaster. With the recent flooding in Kentucky, fires out West and hurricane season approaching, NEF is available to help those affected.
In 2021, the NEF issued over $203,240 in grants to seven Legion posts and 95 members. And since 1989, NEF has provided more than $8 million in direct financial assistance to Legionnaires, Sons members and American Legion posts.
National Emergency Fund
The NEF provides up to $3,000 for American Legion and Sons of The American Legion members with an active membership who have been displaced due to damages to their primary residence, and up to $10,000 for posts that have been damaged by a natural disaster and whose programs and activities within the community are impacted.
Temporary Financial Assistance
The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) also is available to help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities, clothing, and health expenses. For example, during a natural disaster where a family has lost a home or it's been severely damaged, TFA can help cover the cost of temporary housing.
TFA grants are available to minor children of active-duty servicemembers or American Legion members. No child can be considered eligible until a complete investigation is conducted at the post or department level, a legitimate family need is determined, and all other available assistance resources have been utilized or exhausted.
For TFA information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit legion.org/financialassistance.