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Temporary Financial Assistance

Temporary Financial Assistance is the landmark program of The American Legion. Begun in 1925 as a form of direct aid to children, the TFA program is still unique in the social work field today.

Through TFA, veterans can call upon The American Legion to lend a hand in providing cash assistance to help meet the basic needs of their children when it is established there are no other resources available to provide the required assistance. These payments, as the name of the program implies, are “temporary” and this cash assistance is in the form of a grant.

Payments from the program may be made to, or on behalf of, the family for a variety of expenses necessary to maintain the health and welfare of the children involved.

Click on the link below to donate to the Temporary Financial Assistance program.


Maintenance Grant

A Maintenance Grant may be used for:

1. Food
2. Shelter - Rent or Mortgage payment
3. Utilities
4. Educational Expense
5. Household Supplies
6. Other needs as specified

A Maintenance Grant may never be used for debts incurred prior to the date of application for TFA. Credit card payments, bank notes (other than home mortgage loans), auto loans and other installment-type payments are considered to be “prior debts.” The only exceptions to this policy are utilities and shelter payments.

Medical Grant

A Medical Grant requires a written statement from the doctor outlining the program, the treatment and the estimated costs. It may be used for:

1. Medical Care
2. Surgery
3. Dental Care
4. Pharmaceuticals
5. Dietary Needs
6. Hospitalization
7. Nursing and Convalescent Care
8. Other Needs as specified

A Medical Grant cannot cover previous medical expenses or care.

For a family to be eligible for consideration, there are two basic requirements:

1. The veteran must have served a portion of their active duty during one of these dates:

December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
August 2, 1990 - Present

2. There must be children in the home under the age of 18. These children may be legitimate, step, legally adopted, or illegitimate with necessary proof of relationship provided.

 *NOTE: The veteran need not be a member of The American Legion to receive assistance.

In order for a family to be considered for TFA, a request for assistance must be submitted on the prescribed application form. Applications may be obtained from Department Service Office or from Department Headquarters. Each application comes complete with instructions to guide the local investigator through the procedure of filing.

For more information, contact programs@ialegion.org

Temporary Financial Assistance Brochure (PDF)

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