Authorized Michigan American Legion Endowment Fund Options
The American Legion, Department of Michigan, the state headquarters for Michigan American Legion members operating as a 501 (C) 19 non-profit “war veterans” organization, received legal confirmation allowing it to create and seek endowment funds to augment the perpetuation and conduct of its various public programs, effective April 20, 2009. To that end, the organization created three initial funds deemed the most necessary to augment at this time especially in light of state budget cuts which have severely diminished the organization’s role to better life to Michigan’s veterans, their families, and their communities as at large.
The American Legion, Department of Michigan assures contributors, their donations will be used exclusively for the intended purpose. Contributions can be accepted at any time and as often as one wishes.
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Endowment Fund
Financial contributions to this fund, the distribution of which will only occur upon the approval of the State Adjutant in concert with the State Veterans Service Director, will be used to further the training, education and availability of the American Legion’s professional Veterans Service Officers to Michigan’s veterans and their families. This staff’s purpose is to bring its expertise in processing and filing benefit claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on behalf of any honorably discharged veteran residing in Michigan. To effectively do so, these specialists must be able to travel to district and zone meetings to update local service officers and members on current benefits and make “house calls” to those veterans not able to travel. This veterans’ service has been sanctioned by the State of Michigan on behalf of its veterans population through a state subcontracting grant supplemented by American Legion dues monies since 1921.
Patriot Fund Endowment
Financial contributions to this fund will create an emergency response account enabling the American Legion to provide assistance to Michigan Veterans of all eras in times of financial hardship especially those who may not qualify for assistance under the existing Legion, County, and VA programs. Fund distribution will only occur upon the approval of the State Adjutant in concert with the State Reconnect Chairman. These funds will also be used to make reconnect volunteers available to brief troops and families at deployment time of available benefits while reiterating the same and welcoming troops home at the conclusion of their deployments. As many troops and their families, especially under the duress of deployment and the excitement of return, are not aware of their various benefits through a variety of local, state, and national resources, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Continuation of this fund will insure that no troop or family member will be “left behind” as needs arise due to military service.
Boys State Endowment Fund
Financial contributions to this fund, the distribution of which will only occur upon the approval of the State Adjutant in concert with the State Boys State Chairman, will be used to offset the “underwriting” costs of the American Legion as it continues to bring this “hand-on” five-day experience in American democratic methods to Michigan’s high school students who will eventually be franchised voters and/or well-versed public office candidates. Contributions to this endowment fund will help insure the Michigan American Legion’s ability to continue offering this program to the state’s young men at an affordable rate, just as it has since 1936.
The Michigan Wounded and Returning Warrior Program
This extremely vital and successful program has been serving our Wounded and Returning Warriors through various means. We have been sending our wounded and returning warriors and their families on all expense paid retreats to resort locations each year, such as, Mackinac Island, Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI and our Wilwin Lodge at Cygnet Cove. We also host and fund group PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Eco-Therapy Retreats at our Wilwin Lodge facility in partnership with the Michigan Psychological Association Foundation therapists. These group PTSD retreats have been extremely successful and have incorporated new and cutting edge therapy techniques such as equine, (horse based), therapy. We offer Community Educational presentations on the effects of PTSD as seen through the thoughts and perceptions of a returning service member following homecoming. We work with returning Wounded Warriors to help ease the burden of reintegration by providing Emergency Temporary Financial Assistance, assistance with home modifications to provide a more accessible and friendly living environment, guidance and assistance with disability claims, direction and access to a vast network of service providers and even adaptive sports clinics in partnership with the Millman No Restrictions Golf Foundation Together with your care and support, we can continue to provide the best possible support, assistance and quality of life for our wounded and returning warriors and their families
If you would like to donate to one of our funds you can use the paypal links above or you can mail a check with donation form
(click here for form) to: The American Legion Department of Michigan, 212 N. Verlinden Ave, Suite A, Lansing, MI 48915