National Emergency Fund

The American Legion's National Emergency Fund (NEF) program is available to provide financial assistance to displaced Legionnaires and posts damaged as a result of the natural disaster. 



  1. Eligibility open to Legionnaires and Sons of The American Legion members (up to $1,500) Legion Posts (up to $5,000).
  2. Applicant must have been displaced from their primary residence due to a declared natural disaster and provide proof of out-of-pocket expenses.
  3. Not meant to replace or repair items, only to meet most immediate needs (i.e., temporary housing, food, water, clothing, diapers, etc.)
  4. Does not cover insurance compensation or monetary losses from a business, structures on your property (barns, tool sheds, etc.,) equipment or vehicles.
  5. Membership must be active at time of disaster and the time of application.



  1. Application must be received within 90 days of disaster.
  2. Disaster must be a "declared" natural disaster for Legion family members.
  3. Supporting data (photos, repair estimates, etc.) should be included if at all possible or statements (testimony) from post/district/department officers attesting to damages.
  4. Only one grant per household.

Members must complete a National Emergency Fund Grant Application.


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


If everything is in order, department will forward to National.  Upon approval at the National level, a check will be sent to the Department Headquarters for delivery to the Legion Family Member or Post in distress.


  Download National Emergency Fund Application


Individual Legionnaires or Sons members who are requesting support from NEF should send their applications, along with supporting proof, to the Department of Maryland headquarters for review.       


Department of Maryland

ATTN: NEF Application

101 North Gay St, Room E

Baltimore, MD 21202 


Remember, documentation everything, it is required.