The Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is a national
grant assistance program that provides temporary
emergency help to eligible members of the
American Legion Auxiliary who have suffered a
significant financial setback as the result of an act
of nature or other personal crisis.
The AEF was
established in 1969
with a bequest from
the estate of Auxiliary
member Helen Colby
Small of Burlington,
Wis. It continues
today solely through
Eligibility: Persons who have been members of the American Legion Auxiliary for at least the immediate past two consecutive years, AND whose current membership dues are paid at the time the emergency occurs (three consecutive years’ dues) may apply for assistance.Assistance Provided: The maximum grant amount is $2,400, disbursed as the Auxiliary Emergency Fund Grant Committee determines. Download Application for Assistance (doc)Download Expedited Application for Disaster Victims Seeking Temporary Shelter Assistance (doc)
Emergency assistance grants may be awarded by the AEF Grant Committee on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of $2,400. Grant funds may be used only for emergency shelter, food or utilities. AEF funds may not be used for medical expenses or debt such as that on credit cards.
To ensure the integrity of the program, the national AEF Grant Committee directs payments to a provider such as a mortgage or utility company. Educational grant payments are directed to the educational institution.
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary whose dues are current and who have maintained membership for three consecutive years (the current year and immediate past two years) are eligible to apply in the wake of a financial crisis. Temporary assistance may be considered when:
Eligible members seeking emergency assistance apply via a process involving their unit, department and ALA National Headquarters.
Members may request an application by contacting their unit or department headquarters and must submit their completed applications to an officer of the ALA unit to which the member belongs. The unit president and secretary will complete the unit portion and forward the application to the department secretary. After verifying the member’s eligibility, the department secretary will submit the application to National Headquarters for consideration by the AEF Grant Committee. Applications are reviewed by the national AEF case manager.
The national AEF Grant Committee, which consists of representatives from the headquarters of the American Legion Auxiliary and The American Legion, reviews each application and awards AEF assistance according to case findings. The AEF Grant Committee maintains the confidentiality of all applicants. AEF applications, reviews, supporting documents and case files are not disclosed or released to anyone outside the AEF Grant Committee.
I truly appreciate your help. I was to the point of not knowing where I was going to end up, and your help arrived two days before I was going to lose everything I had worked so hard for. After a long two years dealing with a personal sickness and losing my parents, I was ready to give up. You have given me the hope and faith again that I had lost.” – Auxiliary Member, Pennsylvania
Auxiliary Emergency Fund National ChairmanAnn Rehbein
Department of Iowaaef@ALAforVeterans.org
Download 2012-2013 AEF Plan of Action (pdf)
"Just knowing an organization like the American Legion Auxiliary exists, providing support to our military and our families even when we're gone, makes a world of difference."
- ALA member and Indiana National Guard Col. Marilyn Moores