INDIANAPOLIS — The American Legion sped up its process to assist Legionnaires and Sons of the American Legion members who have been victimized by Hurricanes Ike or Gustav. Financial grants are available through the organization's National Emergency Fund.
Among those aiding fellow legionnaires are members of the East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 and Hinesville's American Legion Post 168.
"Numerous members of our post have sent funds directly to the NEF for use in IKE relief," Post 321 Commander Dennis Fitzgerald said. "And there is a possibility some will be assisting in other ways."
"Many of these people need immediate help," national Commander David K. Rehbein said. "The American Legion stands ready to assist. I have directed that our NEF process grants of up to $500 as quickly as possible to those eligible.”
He also asked for donations. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to: The American Legion, National Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 6141, Indianapolis, IN 46206. They also can be made online at www.legion.org.
With a current membership of 2.6 million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism and patriotic youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.