American Legion offers disaster relief assistance

INDIANAPOLIS—Active duty personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserves impacted by Hurricane Katrina may qualify for immediate relief cash grants if they are current members of The American Legion.

As Legionnaires, they can apply to receive up to $1,500 under The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund program to cover costs of food, shelter and clothing needed as the result of devastation created by the nation’s largest natural disaster.

A cash grant will be immediately placed in the member’s credit card account, upon approval, to cover costs created by displacement from the storm. If the individual does not have a credit card, funds can be transferred direct to a hotel/motel to cover the cost of lodging.

“We want all Legionnaires—including our members who serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves—to know that help is just a toll-free call away,” said National Commander Thomas L. Bock. “Our goal is rapid processing of each application to get money into the hands of our members and their families within a matter of hours.”

Legionnaires can call toll free 1-800-433-3318 to apply by phone. Another option for those with computer access is to fill out a secure online application at

The American Legion National Emergency Fund was established in 1969 in the wake of Hurricane Camille. Established by Legionnaires to provide relief to Legionnaires impacted by natural disasters, the fund has provided assistance to thousands of members.

“Given the massive scale of this disaster, I ask that all Legionnaires who have not been affected by Katrina consider donating now to the NEF,” Bock said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Americans suffering in the aftermath of this devastating hurricane. It is imperative that we contribute whatever we can to help them through this very difficult time.”

Donations can be made to The American Legion National Emergency Fund online at the secure site of

From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue

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