Legion Family Members helping Legion Family Members
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
Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires…The American Legion
National Emergency Fund was born out of natural disasters to
compassionately heal the wounds of catastrophe and help save their
homes. A major disaster could happen to any Legionnaire in any town at
anytime and make them homeless.
The National Emergency Fund has provided over $3,000,000 in direct
financial assistance to Legion family members and posts. The National
Emergency Fund has kept posts from closing and enabled Legion family
members to begin to rebuild their homes and their lives.
Make a Donation
Online thru the
National American Legion NEF Web Site
Print an Application
This is a fillable pdf file.
Fill out form, print and mail with your donation.
The eligibility requirements
are very simple. Any current year paid member of The American
Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of The American
Legion is eligible.
However, the member (applicant) must be a member in good standing with
their post, unit or squadron and must have been a member prior to the
date of the disaster.
Additionally, posts are eligible to receive grants from this fund
provided they meet the established criteria.
1. Eligibility open to Legionnaires, Auxiliary
** and Sons members (up to $1,500).
Auxiliary membership is less than 5 years continuous.
Otherwise, will be forwarded to the National American Legion Auxiliary
2. Eligibility is also open
Legion Posts (up to $5,000).
3. Not meant to replace or
repair items, only to meet most immediate needs
(i.e., temporary housing, food, water, clothing, diapers, etc.)
4. Membership must be active at time of
disaster and the time of application.
Fund grant applications may be obtained by contacting your Department
Headquarters or by calling The American Legion National
Headquarters. Each application comes with easy to understand
what information is required and where to send the application once
completed. At minimum, estimates of damage and photographs should be
each grant application.
As a note, any
supporting documentation and
photographs provided in support of the application, cannot be returned
to the member concerned.
Applications must be received within 90 days of disaster.
2. Disaster must be a “declared natural disaster" by Federal, State or
Local government authorities.
3. Supporting data (photos, repair estimates, etc.) should be included
if at all
possible or statements (testimony) from post/district/department
attesting to damages.
4. Only one grant per household.
5. This is not designed for insurance compensation, loss of business,
your property (barns, tool sheds, silos, etc.), equipment (tractors or
farm vehicles), or any type of automobile.
Apply for an
Members must complete a National Emergency Fund
Applications may be obtained by contacting your Department Headquarters
or by calling The American Legion National Headquarters at (317)
or you may
Print an Application
Properly Complete the Application and forward
to your Department Headquarters for approval.
If everything is in order, Department will
forward to National.
Upon approval at the National level,
a check will be sent to the Department Headquarters
for delivery to the Legion Family Member or Post in distress