The American Legion provides many services that help US military and veterans. The Legion has been helping families since 1919!
They provide financial assistance to those struggling with expenses.
The Family Support Network provides assistance to those who are struggling to afford everyday expenses, such as grocery shopping, child care, yard maintenance, auto repair or other routine tasks.
Applicants are encouraged to either call the nationwide toll-free number (800) 504-4098 or apply online for assistance. Your local American Legion post receives the information you submit, so they can figure out how to best assist you.
Minor children are also eligible for temporary financial assistance.
If you have minor children (or are a minor child), then you could request Temporary Financial Assistance in emergencies. These cash grants assist with shelter, food, utilities and health costs.
In order to qualify for these grants, you must meet specific age and parentage requirements. Recipients must be under age 18, but certain children who are still enrolled in high school or are physically handicapped may still be eligible until age 20. Their parent must be currently serving on active duty or be a current American Legion member.
Operation Comfort Warriors
Wounded veterans may be able to receive help with comfort and adjustment. This may involve assistance with modifications, housing, transportation, employment, counseling, family support or temporary financial assistance. In order to apply, click here.
The Legion coordinates scholarships, too.
The Legion coordinates several different scholarships, including:
Samsung Scholarship provides assistance to undergraduates who participate in either the American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs. The recipient must be a direct descendant or legally adopted child of a wartime US military veteran. The awards vary from $1,250 to $10,000 each.
Legacy Scholarship provides up to $20,000. This scholarship is only available to children of US military members who died in the line of service on or after September 11, 2001.
Baseball Scholarship provides between $500 to $5,000 to selected American Legion baseball players.
Oratorical Contest Scholarships are awarded to three finalists in the National High School Oratorical Contest. The three finalists receive $14,000, $16,000 and $18,000.
Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship provides one Eagle Scout per year with a $10,000 scholarship. Three runners-up receive $2,500.
Junior Shooting Sports Scholarship provides awards to winners in two categories. The first place winners receive $5,000 in scholarships and an expense-paid trip to the American Legion National Convention. Additionally, the second-place winners receive $1,000 each.
The American Legion provides assistance with VA paperwork.
The American Legion also provides assistance in filing VA benefits claims, finding employment after military separation, filing for and using GI Bill Benefits and more. Of course, you’ll need to visit their website for more information.