2009-04-10 / Community

Aid Available To Veterans and Families

In November 2008, the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of New York, launched the Warrior's Family Assistance Program to come to the direct aid of veterans and their families in New York State. Since its inception, there has been over $6,000 awarded.

Veterans and their families can apply for up to $1,500 in aid in the following areas…

Maintenance Grants - help to alleviate the cost of living expenses including food, shelter, utilities, personal hygiene, clothing, homeowner's insurance premiums, home repair, providing handicapped facilities in the home, repair or replacement of a major appliance.

Medical Grants - to alleviate the cost of current medical expenses and to assist in the payment of outstanding medical bills.

Opportunity for Employment - provides financial assistance in finding transportation for going to work or provide assistance with the cost of childcare if the custodial parent must find employment.

All grants are non-repayable. Any veteran that has served honorably within the last four years, or is currently serving in one of the Armed Forces and is a resident of New York State is eligible to apply.

For an application or more information, please call 1-800-421-6348.

Founded in 1919, the prestigious American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is recognized as the world's largest patriotic women's service organization. With a membership nearly 900,000 strong, local ALA units have a commanding presence in over 9,500 communities nationwide. The Auxiliary's mission of serving veterans, their families and their communities is carried out through the dedicated commitment and diligent efforts of its volunteers.

The beneficiaries of ALA programs are incalculable in number and include disabled, hospitalized, and homeless veterans; families of military service members deployed to conflict zones; girls and boys seeking educational scholarship assistance; community members across the nation, including low-income persons, in which ALA units conduct community service projects daily; and our own volunteers and their husbands, parents, siblings, children and other relatives who have served our great nation.

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