Temporary Financial Assistance
Since its establishment in 1925, The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program has awarded cash grants to minor children of current active duty or American Legion members.
What TFA Does.
- A single one-time non-repayable Temporary Financial Assistance grant of up to $1,500 will be permitted for the minor child(ren) of a qualifying veteran.
- These one-time grants help families in need to meet the basic needs for:
Shelter (mortgage or rent)
Utilities (electric, gas, water)
Clothing for Child(ren)
Medical or dental care of the child(ren)
Medications for the child(ren)
What TFA Does Not Do.
- Does not strive to simply make the family's financial situation more "comfortable" by easing their debts.
- Does not try to give family a "clean-slate" on their debts
- Will not provide for expenses that do not directly contribute to the basic needs of the child(ren). For example, a TFA Grant will not pay the bills for a car, phone/cell phone, cable, internet, taxes, transportation, etc.
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.
DEPT OF NORTH CAROLINA
Mail: PO Box 26657
Raleigh, NC 27611-6657
Office: 2940 Falstaff Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27611
Phone: (919) 832-7506
Fax: (919) 832-6428
- Active Duty or American Legion Member
- Minor child not older than 17 or 20 if still enrolled in high school or is physically handicapped.
- No child reaching the age of 21 may be considered for TFA.
- Minor child must be biological child, stepchild or in legal custody of a qualifying veteran.
- A qualifying veteran is defined as a member of the United States Armed Forces serving on federal orders current under Title 10 of the United States Code, inclusive of all components, OR any veteran possessing an up-to-date membership in The American Legion.
- Active-duty applicants can be considered without being a member of The American Legion.
Supporting Documents Required:
- Current Legion membership card or current active-duty military orders
- Birth certificates of child(ren)
- Marriage license (as applicable)
- Death certificate (as applicable)
- Custody documentation, divorce decrees & legal name changes (as applicable)
- All current statements, bills, leases, foreclosures, eviction notices, disconnection notices, etc., to be considered