Department of Minnesota, 6th District




While I am aware that most, if not all, of the 6th District is to the North of the Minnesota Flood Zone, be aware that this help is available to posts and individual Legionaires.


Good morning, all:

Due to the recent declared natural disasters we have experienced this year, especially the recent deadly fires in New Mexico and flooding in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, we are sending out our quarterly reminder of the NEF and TFA programs that our Legion and SAL members, and American Legion posts, may be eligible to apply for grants to meet immediate needs.

Please review carefully and share as you deem necessary within your department.  The NEF Grant Application (fillable) can be found at this link:


The two links below provides important information about NEF.  First is the PowerPoint of how to complete an application:


The second is Illinois Department Adjutant and PNC Marty Conatser on how they set up disaster teams within Illinois following a massive tornado disaster a few years ago and which could help you within your own departments.


Please review the NEF Grant Application carefully, and remember, until there’s an emergency declaration for a natural disaster in place (federal, state or local), NEF can’t help until one is called.   If a declaration happens, ensure that the applicant is current on their membership prior to the disaster and at the time of application submission, provides photos, receipts and any insurance paperwork.  FEMA statements are good too.  Statements from American Legion Post/District/Department officers or community leadership is encouraged to reinforce the grant application.  Ensure application is completely filled out, or it could be sent back to you for more information.  This is all outlined on the application and is provided for on the instruction sheet.

NEF does not provide for repairs or replacement of lost or damaged items in the primary home of residence.  If the destroyed property is owned by the member, but he/she does not physically live there, that is not covered. Vehicles or outbuildings are not covered.  That is what insurance should cover.  If available, provide copies of insurance determination, if any.  If the home is rented, renters insurance information should be provided, if any.  Call or e-mail me for any clarifications.

For American Legion posts, only things covered are post programs that might sustain losses pertaining to the intent of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.  Losses from the social quarters and/or restaurant of the post are not covered.  A copy of the most recent Consolidated Post Report (CPR) needs to be attached.  A statement from post/district/department officers or community leaders as to how the losses in the post is very helpful if available. Insurance documents should be provided.

You can mail, fax (317-630-1413) or scan/e-mail the application and any attachments (photos, receipts, other supporting documents) to ia@legion.org.  Staff will process from there.  If approved by the National Adjutant, a check will be cut from Finance and mailed to the department adjutant to disburse to the member or the post.   Address to mail grant applications is:

The American Legion National Headquarters

ATTN:  National Emergency Fund

Internal Affairs & Membership Division

P. O. Box 1055

Indianapolis, IN  46206

If a National Emergency Fund application comes to us directly from the member, we will scan/e-mail back to you for your recommendation.  Remember, you and your leadership are “boots on the ground”, so the department has to make the best determination for recommended grant approval amount to the national organization.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) Program is also ready to assist American Legion eligible veterans with minor children in the home (18 or younger) who need financial help to pay for shelter, food, utilities and medical expenses.

Please make sure that all pertinent documentation is included in the packet as well as the investigator’s report. Missing documentation will slow down the process and may result in the application being denied.

If you have any questions regarding Temporary Financial Assistance, please contact Stacy Cope, Youth Welfare Program Manager in the Americanism Division at 317-630-1202 or scope@legion.org.


Stay safe and healthy and let me know if you have any questions on NEF.   My phone numbers are:  317-630-1379 or cell:  317-287-9974.   Mark Woodsmall is the NEF back up and can be reached at:  317-630-1265 or e-mail:  mwoodsmall@legion.org



ON PTO JUNE 28, 2024 – JULY 7, 2024


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Eliminate the yearly hassle of remembering to renew your American Legion membership by taking advantage of the new multiyear membership available to current and potential members. Legionnaires needing to renew for 2024 or veterans joining the organization for the first time can lock-in a three-year membership by visiting legion.org/renew or legion.org/join

A multiyear membership was approved by the National Executive Committee of The American Legion during the organization’s Spring Meetings last May. Resolution 1: Purchase of Multiple Years of Membership approves “a five-year pilot program offering the purchase of three consecutive 12-month member terms at the then current dues rate.”

Here is what you need to know about the three-year membership:

- Multiyear membership sign-up is only available on the national American Legion website. Current or potential members cannot renew or join for a three-year membership at the post level or through MyLegion.org.

- Renew now with a three-year membership by visiting legion.org/renew.

- Join now with a three-year membership by visiting legion.org/join.

- Legionnaires already renewed for 2024 will soon be able to renew under the multi-year membership starting with the 2025 membership year. 

- Payment for the three-year membership will be upfront. 

- There is not a discounted rate with the three-year membership.

- Membership cards will still be sent annually by Legion posts. 

- Those who sign up for a multiyear membership will not receive a renewal notice during the time they have signed up for the multiyear membership.

Please note that the multiyear membership will work just like PUFL. Whatever rate the member renews at is the what the post/department/national will receive for the duration of that timeframe. For example, if a member renews today (before national per-capita $5 dues increase come July 1, 2024), National will receive $18.50 for the next three years. Let’s say the department’s per capita is currently $10 and is going to raise to $15 come July 1, 2024. The department will receive the $10 for the next three years. Once the member renews after the three year renewal is up, the renewal rate will adjust to the rate at that time.