MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - In the wake of this week's tornadoes across the Tennessee Valley there are multiple aid avenues available specifically for service veterans. One option for veteran aid is offered through The American Legion.
The Preamble to The American Legion Constitution sums up the theme of the National Endowment Fund, "... devotion to mutual helpfulness." This phrase is more than just mere words on paper. Since the early 1920s, The American Legion has been actively involved in meeting the needs of both the community and individual Legion Family members in the wake of disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires.
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. By providing this emergency funding, NEF has prevented damaged posts from closing and enabled American Legion Family members to recover from tragedy.
The fund provides up to $1,500 for qualified Legion Family members and up to $5,000 for posts. The fund application can be downloaded here.
- Open to Legionnaires and Sons of The American Legion members (up to $1,500) Legion Posts (up to $5,000).
- Applicant must have been displaced from their primary residence due to a declared natural disaster and provide proof of out-of-pocket expenses.
- Not 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.
- Membership must be active at time of disaster and the time of application.
- Application must be received within 90 days of disaster.
- Disaster must be a "declared" natural disaster for Legion Family members.
- Supporting 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.
- Post grants must derive from a declared natural disaster and substantiating documentation must provide that The American Legion post will cease to perform the duties and activities in the community due to losses sustained.
Lincoln County, Tenn. residents can contact Legion Post 42 at 2007 Wilson Parkway, Fayetteville, Tenn. by calling (931) 433-8643, or by contacting Post Commander Greg Dodson at (423) 834-3855.
Limestone County tornado victims can contact Legion Post 49 at 124 Cloverleaf Drive,
Athens, Al 35611 by calling (256) 230-6233.