temporary financial assistance

Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)

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. 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 environment.


The minor child must not be older than 17, or 20 if still enrolled in high school or is physically handicapped. The minor child must be the biological child, stepchild, or in the 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. A single onetime non-repayable Temporary Financial Assistance grant of up to $1,500 will be permitted for the minor child(ren) of a qualifying veteran.

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.

If you do not fit these criteria, you may be eligible for our Vets of Valor Program. Contact us for more information.

How do I apply?

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 info@ialegion.org

Temporary Financial Assistance Brochure (PDF)