Showing posts with label warriors. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Your vote can mean $250,000 for OCW

Operation Comfort Warriors provides items to wounded servicemembers not provided by the government. Tom Strattman

The American Legion's Operation Comfort Warriors is competing for a $250,000 grant to be awarded by Pepsi Cola, Inc. More than 700 charities are competing for grants, which are determined by the number of votes received at its Web site. As of this morning, Operation Comfort Warriors was 27th in voting. The top two vote getters will receive grants. Voting ends on Feb. 28.

Visitors can cast their votes here.

Since December 2008, The American Legion family has raised funds for Operation Comfort Warriors, a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded military personnel, providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government. OCW ensures that patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books, calling cards and more.

"The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue. Military service will always include inherent dangers from training and other hazardous duties," American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill said. "As long as our men and women are in harm's way, there will continue to be wounded warriors. The American Legion needs to be there for our heroes. Operation Comfort Warriors is an excellent way to show our appreciation for their sacrifices. I urge all Americans to show their appreciation by voting for it on the Pepsi Refresh Everything Web site."

All administrative and marketing costs for Operation Comfort Warriors are paid for by The American Legion, meaning 100 percent of all donations and grants received go to the troops.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


American Legion Auxiliary, Dept. of NY

What is the Warrior's Family Assistance Program?

The Warrior's Family Assistance is a new program, developed and introduced by the Department of New York American Legion Auxiliary, to come to the direct aid of our veterans and their families.

This program offers financial assistance for eligible veterans and their families. There is money, available to assist in covering the costs of maintaining basic family needs such as meeting the costs of shelter, food, utilities, and health expenses - helping to keep a stable home environment. Funding can include, but is not limited to, family living expenses including rent, mortgage payment and utility bills; medical expenses; child care for working parents; insurance premiums and assistance with necessary home repairs.

It is not necessary to be a member of the American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary to apply. Cash assistance is in the form of a grant and does not have to be paid back.

The program has been established to lend assistance as quickly as possible. In order to expedite the grant process, the American Legion Auxiliary will lend assistance by contacting you directly, assisting if necessary and making certain that the application is complete, before it is evaluated. Grants are not based on income levels, but rather on the needs of the family requesting assistance. Upon the completion of local review, grant eligibility is finalized by a panel of three.

We want to help you! If you know of a veteran's family or a military family in need of assistance, tell them about the Warrior's Family Assistance Program.

Who is eligible?

Any veteran that has served honorably within the last four years, or is currently serving in one of the Armed Forces and is a resident of New York State.


All applications will be considered and assistance will be based solely on the family's needs.. Applications will be approved by a committee of 3 department chairmen. The Finance Chairman will authorize payment.


Application may be requested by:
1. Contacting any member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
2. Contacting the Department of NY American Legion Auxiliary Headquarters
Phone: In NY State call toll free 1-800-421-6348, all other areas call 518-463-1162
Address: Department of New York, American Legion Auxiliary
112 State St., Suite 1310, Albany, NY 12207

Once a request has been received, a review panel designated for that location will be contacting the applicant to assist with the process:
1. All documentation must be completed.
2. Income and expenses must be documented
3. Requests for payment of outstanding expenses must include photocopies of the past due or disconnection notice.

For more information, contact your local American Legion Auxiliary unit.

Monday, December 7, 2009



Add ImageThrough Operation Comfort Warriors, the Legion family is providing loose-fitting sweat suits, phone cards, iPods and other comfort items for servicemembers recovering at military hospitals. Use your credit card to donate online at, or send a check to Operation Comfort Warriors, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.