Department of Florida

Hurricane Relief

HURRICANE RELIEF

Relief Efforts are underway at The American Legion Department of Florida.  Our fellow comrades from The American Legion, Department of Indiana just delivered a semi-trailer full of goods including: several pallets of water, non-perishable food, baby care items, personal hygiene items and much more.  The Department of Indiana also presented us with a check in the amount of $16,057 to further aid in the relief efforts. We are very humbled by their generosity and owe them a huge debt of gratitude.  More than half of the delivery received, is already on it’s way to some of our hardest hit areas.

We are expecting another truck mid-week next week from an American Legion Post from Maine. A few volunteers would be especially helpful to unload and re-route some of these items to other locations. The remainder will be sent out as Commander Steve Shuga requests, and upon request to him by Posts/Districts conducting relief efforts in their areas.

The Commander has also requested donations be accepted at Department Headquarters. In order to make this happen, volunteers would be needed to take the donations upon arrival. Truck deliveries and collecting donations will also need to be followed up by transporting the donated items to affected areas. Several Posts have also been contacted as distribution points throughout the state, and will also collect donated items. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Commander Shuga, commander@floridalegion.org, for additional information.

If your post is functional and centrally located, please consider establishing your post as a distribution point for some of the supplies we have coming in. It shouldn’t be a heavy burden on any one post as we would anticipate the supplies would move rather quickly and we don’t have a steady stream established. As of now we have received one truck this week and expect another one next week.

If you are looking to donate or to provide interested parties information on donating, please contact Commander Shuga, commander@floridalegion.org, for more information.

Thank you for your service, together we will make a difference.

NOTE: DEPARTMENT SUFFERED AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE AS A RESULT OF THE STORM, AND HAS BEEN WITHOUT POWER. POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED AND WE WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

National Emergency Fund (NEF)
National Emergency Fund (NEF)
A full 100 percent of donations to the National Emergency Fund are turned into grants for individuals, families and post impacted by natural disasters. Donations are not used to cover administrative or promotional costs.  Assistance through the National Emergency Fund is available to Legionnaires, Sons of The American Legion members and Legion Posts.

 

Donate online to NEF

Mail to National Headquarters:
The American Legion
Donation Processing
PO Box 361623
Indianapolis, IN 46236-1626

For more information Call 1-800-433-3318.

The American Legion Department of Florida: Hurricane Relief
The American Legion Department of Florida: Hurricane Relief
The Department of Florida will be collecting donations of the following items:
Bottled Water
Cleaning Supplies
Personal Hygiene
First Aid Items
Work Gloves
Batteries
Plastic Trash Bags
Ziplock Bags
Non-Perishable Foods
Infant Formula
Baby Food
Diapers (Infant/Adult)

Goods will temporarily be accepted through the Department of Florida Headquarters, then distributed and collected at designated American Legion Posts throughout the State of Florida. Distribution posts will be announced as they become operational. Please arrange drop-off of all donated goods through Department Commander, Steve Shuga, commander@floridalegion.org.
Due to current power outages at Department Headquarters, our hours will be varied, please make prior arrangements before your intended arrival, to ensure someone will be available to receive items.

Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated to help purchase additional needed goods, transport goods throughout the state, and aid Posts with relief efforts.

Online Donations

Checks payable to The American Legion, Department of Florida, note “Hurricane Relief” in the memo.
Mail Donations to:
The American Legion Department of Florida
Hurricane Relief
1912 A Lee Rd
Orlando, FL 32810

PROJECT: VetRelief
PROJECT: VetRelief
PROJECT: VetRelief is a 501(c)(3) program of The American Legion, Department of Florida, which provides one-time financial relief to qualified applicants for cost of necessities, such as: food, shelter, utilities, some emergency medical needs, emergency transportation needs. This program does not specifically provide disaster relief, but can assist, mentioned above, for basic necessities due to setbacks from disaster related events.

 

Donate Online

Make checks payable to PROJECT: VetRelief .
Mail Donations to:
PROJECT: VetRelief
1912A Lee Rd
Orlando, FL 32810

Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF)
Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF)
The American Legion Auxiliary also has an emergency fund.

Donate Online

HOW TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE

National Emergency Fund (NEF)
National Emergency Fund (NEF)
Eligibility

  • Open to Legionnaires and Sons of The American Legion members (up to $3,000), Legion Posts (up to $10,000).
  • Applicant must have been displaced from their primary residence due to a declared natural disaster and provide proof of out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Not meant to replace or repair items, only to meet
  • most immediate needs (i.e., temporary housing, food, water, clothing, diapers, etc.)
  • Does not cover insurance compensation or monetary losses from a business, structures on your property (barns, tools, sheds, etc.), equipment or vehicles.
  • Membership must be active at time of disaster and the time of application.

Application Requirements

  • Application must be received within 90 days of disaster.
  • Disaster must be a “declared” natural disaster for Legion Family members.
  • Supporting data (photos, receipts, repair estimates, etc) should be included if at all possible or statements (testimony) from post/district/department officers attesting to damages.
  • Post grants must derive from a declared natural disaster and substantiating documentation must provide that The American Legion post will cease to perform the duties and activities in the community due to losses sustained.

Download Application

The American Legion Department of Florida: Hurricane Relief
The American Legion Department of Florida: Hurricane Relief
As distribution Posts become available, a list will be posted where individuals can go to receive supplies.
PROJECT: VetRelief
PROJECT: VetRelief
Eligibility

  • Support is available for active duty military, our veterans and their families
  • Service members must be classified as having an honorable discharge or honorable separation, or general under honorable conditions.
  • Applicants must show income sustainability.
  • Must be a Florida resident for at least 120 days.
  • Membership in The American Legion is NOT required to receive assistance.
  • Currently, funding can only be provided to offset necessities for shelter, food, utilities, and some emergency transportation, and critical health expenses.

Application Requirements

  • In order to apply for funding, an Emergency Assistance Request must be submitted (all information provided in the request will be considered confidential.) Estimated time to complete the application, considering that information is easily accessible, is only about 30 minutes. The form can be filled out online or it may be downloaded for email submission.
  • Upon receipt of an Emergency Assistance Request, the PROJECT: VetRelief Case Worker will contact the applicant to confirm receipt, clarify anything from the application that may be unclear, request additional information if needed, and provide an initial assessment of eligibility (this DOES NOT constitute a guarantee of funding).
  • The request is then sent to a local VetRelief Advocate. The Advocate conducts a personal visit and provides a recommendation to the PROJECT: VetRelief Coordinator.
  • Funds are typically awarded within 7 business days (will vary on a case-by-case basis). Awarded funds will be issued directly to the landlord/bank, utility company, or medical facility. No cash funds are directly granted to applicants. Gift cards or vouchers will be provided for food or transportation needs.

Request Assistance

Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF)
Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF)
The Auxiliary Emergency Fund is available to active members. You must login to your account to access the application.

Request Assistance

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers will be needed to assist with received goods and distribution at the Department of Florida and designated distribution Posts.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Commander Steve Shuga, commander@floridalegion.org.

 

If you would like to volunteer, if your Post would like to serve as a distribution point, or you need supplies in your area, please contact Commander Shuga, commander@floridalegion.org, for additional information.