American Legion - National Emergency Fund

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General Information
Description of ServiceThe American Legion's National Emergency Fund helps those affected by well-known disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy and lesser-publicized tragedies such as flooding in South Dakota or Illinois, or wildfires in the southwest.

The National Emergency Fund, created in response to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, has provided more than $8 million in direct financial assistance to American Legion Family members and posts. The fund provides up to $1,500 for qualified Legion Family members and up to $5,000 for posts.
Geographical AreaUnited States - includes all Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
Intake ProcedureCall 317-630-1330 or visit their website to download application.
Intake RequirementsApplicant must have been displaced from their primary residence due to a declared natural disaster and provide proof of out-of-pocket expenses.Membership must be active at time of disaster and the time of application.Application must be received within 90 days of disaster.
Additional RequirementsSupporting data (photos, receipts, repair estimates, etc.) should be included if at all possible or statements (testimony) from post/district/department officers attesting to damages.

Only one grant per household.
Helpful TipsNot meant to replace or repair items, only to meet most immediate needs (i.e., temporary housing, food, water, clothing, diapers, etc.)

Does not cover insurance compensation or monetary losses from a business, structures on your property (barns, tool sheds, etc.,) equipment or vehicles.
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
EligibilityEligibility open to Legionnaires and Sons of The American Legion members.The eligibility requirements are:
  • Applicant must have been displaced from his or her primary residence due to a declared natural disaster.
  • Applicant must provide copies of receipts of items required to meet immediate needs such as temporary housing, food, water, clothing, diapers, etc.
  • Membership must be active at time of disaster and the time of application.
Contact Information
Contact's Phone 317-630-1330
Physical Site Address 1 700 N. Pennsylvania Street
Physical Site Address 2 The American Legion National Headquarters
Physical Site City, State, Zip Indianapolis, IN 46206
Main Phone 317-630-1200
Other Phone 800-433-3318
Fax 317-630-1223
Web Address
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: American Legion
Affiliated Program: American Legion
This Service: American Legion - National Emergency Fund
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Active Military (YN-0500)
Armed Forces Emergency Services (TM-0500)
Retired Military (YN-7000)
Social Services for Military Personnel (TM-8200)
Temporary Financial Assistance (NT)
Veteran Membership Organizations (TD-1400.9000)
Veterans (YN-9000)