The American Legion has many national programs that can assist Michigan
Financial Assistance Program
Since its establishment in 1925, The American Legion Temporary Financial
Assistance (TFA) program has awarded cash grants to minor children of
veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. These grants help
families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health
expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable
Who is eligible for a grant?
TFA is limited to minor children (17 years or younger) whose biological
parent, or legal guardian, is a veteran and is, or would have been, eligible
for American Legion membership. However, Legion membership is not required.
Children 18-20 years old will also be considered if a current disability
requires special schooling or indefinite in-home care, or they are enrolled
in an approved high school and unmarried. To be eligible for Legion
membership, the parent or guardian must have served at least one day of
active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States during one of the
- Dec. 7, 1941-Dec. 31, 1946
- June 25, 1950-Jan. 31, 1955
- Feb. 28, 1961-May 7, 1975
- August 24, 1982-July 31, 1984
- Dec. 20, 1989-Jan. 31, 1990
- Aug. 2, 1990-Cessation of hostilities as
determined by the U.S. Government.
No child is considered eligible for Temporary Financial Assistance until a
complete investigation is conducted at the post or department level; a
legitimate family need is determined; and all other available assistance
resources have been utilized or exhausted. Additionally, the TFA application
must originate and be filled out by someone at the local level.
State Program - up to $225 National Program - up to $2,500
- National Emergency
Fund (link to www.legion.org)
The fund provides up to $3,000 for qualified Legion Family members and up to
$10,000 for posts. 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.