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  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Children and Families

    Children & Youth Month (April)

    Child Welfare Foundation

    Created by the Legion in the 1950s, the Child Welfare Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 corporation that accepts funding proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children. To date, $12.6 million has been awarded to assist our nation’s children, including $734,220 awarded to 20 nonprofit organizations in 2012. More information.

    Family Assistance

    The American Legion Family and Youth Support Center provides immediate assistance, financially and emotionally, to service personnel and their families whose lives have been directly affected by wartime service and America’s war on terror (including families unable to meet monthly expenses while a family member is deployed). The American Legion has a toll-free telephone number, (800) 504-4098, for servicemembers and their family members to call for assistance. For more info, or to apply online, click here.


    The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs. Contact your local post or auxiliary to find out about local scholarships.

    The New York American Legion Media Alliane (NYALMA) offers the Albert M. Becker Memorial Scholarship for a high school senior or graduate planning to pursue a degree in a communications field. Annual deadline is April 15.

    For Scholarship Guidelines and Application

    The American Legion offers the Legacy Scholarship for children whose parents are killed while serving their country. For details and application, click here.

    For info on other national American Legion scholarships, click here.

    Youth Support

    The American Legion sponsors a variety of internal and external programs to address the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of our nation’s youth. Contact your local post and auxiliary for local programs. Other programs and resources.