In January, The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program broke a single-month record in grant distribution – $1,030,163. Of the grants distributed, $1,000,500 assisted 3,120 children of 1,173 active duty Coast Guard servicemembers who were financially affected by the federal government shutdown.
The American Legion's TFA program was established in 1925, and it provides one-time cash grants to minor children of current active-duty or American Legion members. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses to keep children in a stable environment during a time of hardship. Last year, nearly $229,000 in TFA grants supported 376 minor children of 179 veterans in 35 states.
TFA grants are made possible by donations to The American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. The foundation supports veterans and military families in need, as well as American Legion service officers who provide free VA benefits and health care assistance to veterans. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online at www.legion.org/donate.