Financial Assistance (non-scholarship)
Since the early 1920’s, the American Legion has been actively involved in meeting the needs of both the community and individual Legion family members in the wake of a disaster. The National Emergency fund (NEF), started in 1989 after Hurricane Hugo is one of the ways The American Legion meets those needs.
Since the establishment of the fund,, the NEF has provided over $6,000,000 in direct financial assistance to Legion family members and posts. When Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma devastated the Gulf Coast area in 2005, over $2,200,000 was granted. the NEF has kept posts from closing and enabled Legion family members to recoup some out-or-pocket expenses.
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Send donations payable to PA American Legion and earmarked for NEF to The American Legion, PO Box 2324, Harrisburg PA 17105-2324
Temporary Financial Assistance
TFA is specifically designed to assist minor children of eligible veterans through cash grants. In order to maintain a stable home environment for the child or children, grants are awarded to help families meet the costs of shelter, utilities, food, and medical expenses.
Maintenance grants may be used to assist with the basic need expenses such as: shelter, utilities, food,clothing. Maintenance grants can not be awarded for previously incurred debt, except to: prevent disconnection of utilities and prevent eviction or foreclosure.
Medical grants for a child may be used to assist with health care expenses such as: medical care, surgery, medications, dental care, hospitalization, dietary needs. Medical grants require a written statement from a physican outlining the problem, treatment, and estimated costs. this type of grant must be approved before services are rendered. Medical grants can not be awarded for previous medical expenses or care.
The Application Process begins at your local American legion Post. So, Please contact you local Post or contact Department Headquarters at 717-730-9100. You will then complete an application with supporting documents and proof of military service; it is forwarded to our Department Adjutant. Our Department will review each case and make a recommendation. Approved applications go onto National Headquarters.
Temporary Financial Assistance is a program of: The American Legion National commission on Children & Youth.
You can make donations to the TFA c/o Pennsylvania American Legion