National Emergency Fund

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. We have an obligation to assist members in need, and we do so through donations to the National Emergency Fund. All contributions are deposited into a special account and are used exclusively to meet our members’ most urgent needs. Not a penny of the fund is used for fundraising, administrative costs or fulfillment.


Eligibility 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.

How to Apply for Assistance

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.

Members must complete a National Emergency Fund Grant Application.

Application is properly completed by applicant then sent to Department Headquarters for approval.

How to Make a Donation

Funding for the National Emergency Fund comes by way of generous donations from Legionnaires, Auxiliary members and Sons of The American Legion members.

Send your tax-deductible contributions to:

The American Legion

National Emergency Fund

P.O. Box 6141

Indianapolis, IN 46206

Or make a donation online at the National American Legion donation page.

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