Legion Services & Assistance Program

In times of need, The American Legion is here for you. We offer a variety of assistance programs to help veterans and their families through difficult times. Contact us to find out more about legion services and programs.

Assistance Programs & Services

It is no secret that far too many military veterans and their families struggle to get by. This is especially true after coming home from deployment, after having been discharged from duty, or if they have been severely injured.

At The American Legion, our agency works to help alleviate problems surrounding housing and living. We also offer personal counseling services. It is our calling to help those who gave so much of themselves so that they may regain control of their lives.

Soldiers, Sailors & Marines Fund

The Connecticut Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund was established in 1919 to assist needy wartime veterans and their families. It is administered by The American Legion in accordance with the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes, Sections 27-138 and 27-140 and is governed under the Bylaws of the American Legion.


Soldiers, Sailors' & Marine's Fund
864 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

Office Hours

Daily (Except Holidays), 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(860) 296-0719
(860) 296-0820 (Fax)

Department Service Office

Accredited American Legion Service Officers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. While the majority of a service officer's work involves application for VA disability benefits, these compassionate professionals also provide information, referrals and resources on education, employment and business, death benefits and other important topics.


Department Service Office
VA Healthcare - Newington Campus
PO Box 310909, Newington, CT 06131-0909

Office Hours

Daily (Except Holidays), 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
(860) 594-6600
(860) 667-3257 (Fax)

Service Office Staff

Service Officer - K. Robert Lewis

Asst. Service Officer - Mary N Harris

Asst. Service Officer - Richard Linnon

Secretary - Jeanne Berry

Temporary Financial Assistance

The American Legion VisaTFA is specifically designed to assist minor children of eligible veterans through cash grants, which contribute to a stable home environment. These grants help families meet the costs of shelter, utilities, food and medical expenses.

Through TFA, a Post can call upon the national organization for cash assistance to help maintain the basic needs of veterans' children. Non-repayable grants are awarded to eligible families with a child in need when all other available resources have been exhausted. Download the TFA Application Form to apply.


Children & Youth Chairman - (860) 930-5509
Dept. Adjutant - (860) 436-9986

National Emergency Fund

From large disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy, to lesser-known instances of flooding in a small Illinois town, The American Legion provides financial relief for Legionnaires, Auxiliary members, Sons and Posts. The National Emergency Fund, created in response to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, has provided more than $8 million in direct financial assistance to American Legion Family members and Posts. By providing this emergency funding, NEF has prevented damaged Posts from closing and enabled American Legion Family members to recover from tragedy. NEF provides immediate monetary assistance up to $3,000 for Legion Family members and up to $10,000 for Posts.

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