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2013-09-06 / Features

American Legion Legacy Run

Scholarship money raised for children of fallen servicemembers

More than 220 motorcycles traveling across five states and 1,500 miles have raised more than $334,000 for college scholarships for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

The eighth annual American Legion Legacy Run – sponsored by USAA – left Indianapolis, Ind., on Aug. 18 and traveled through Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma before ending up in League City, Texas, Aug. 22. Leading up to and along the ride, the motorcyclists raised funds for the Legion’s Legacy Scholarship Fund, which was established so the children of fallen servicemembers have the opportunity to pursue a college education. American Legion Riders make up a large percentage of the ride’s participants.

“Without the dedication of the people on this ride, there probably wouldn’t be a Legacy Scholarship Fund,” said American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz, who rode along with the motorcyclists every day of the Legacy Run. “I don’t know if you can say enough about the people on this ride and their dedication to their fellow servicemembers and their families.”

During the ride, the motorcyclists also stopped at a veterans home and hospital and met with U.S. servicemembers recovering at the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade. During that stop, USAA donated $40,000 to help fund this year’s Legacy Run.

The Legacy Run arrived in League City just as the Legion’s national convention is getting underway in Houston, Texas. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations toward this year’s Legacy Run are expected throughout the convention. Last year’s Legacy Run raised a record $724,524. In its seven years of existence, the Legacy Run has raised more than $3.3 million in scholarship monies.

“We need to take care of our fallen comrades who have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us,” Koutz said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure their children have a chance at an education, and that’s why The American Legion Legacy Fund was established. It’s a chance to show our appreciation for those tremendous sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.”

Source: www.legion.org

Military Appreciation Fund offers grants to veterans

If you are a Minnesota Veteran who served in a combat area after September 11, 2001 you may be eligible to receive a grant from the Minnesotan’s Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF). Eligible Veterans may request the grant by completing a very simple form that can be found at ThankMNTroops.org. MMAF is a statewide fundraising initiative by the citizens of Minnesota, for Minnesota military personnel and their families.

Launched in August of 2005, MMAF is a non-partisan, non-political, 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation. The mission of MMAF is to say “thanks” to Minnesota Service members and their families who are making sacrifices in the defense of our freedoms in combat zones around the world. MMAF has raised over $14 million, making it the nation’s largest-ever statewide fundraiser of its kind. MMAF has provided more than $9 million dollars in grants to more than 14,500 recipients. Eligibility criteria for Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund grant application:

• Minnesota resident prior to deployment or
non-MN resident as stated below
• Served in a designated Combat Zone and
received Hostile Fire Pay after September
11, 2001
• All branches of service, active service or
honorably discharged providing DD214

MMAF will issue one grant per applicant. If you are injured on a later tour and received a Purple Heart, you are eligible to re-apply for an additional grant.

Fill out the online form, and then follow all three steps: Print, Submit and Mail. Along with the signed application form, the following items are needed:

If you are a Minnesota resident prior to deployment or a Minnesota taxpayer:

• Send in a signed copy of grant application. • Send in a copy of LES with Hostile Fire
Pay OR DD214 from.
• If injured send in a copy of your Purple
Heart Certificate.
• If applying for a fallen service member, the
SGLI Beneficiary should send in a copy
of Report of Casualty #1300 and a grant
application.

If you are non-Minnesota resident prior to deployment or non-Minnesota taxpayer:

• Send in a signed copy of grant application. • Send in Copy of LES with Hostile Fire Pay
OR DD214 form.
• If you are a drilling member of a MN unit,
send in a copy of your MN Service Deployment Orders.
• If you were transferred to a MN unit, traveled

to Minnesota, and deployed with
the MN unit send in a copy of your MN
Service Deployment Orders.
• If injured send in a copy of your Purple
Heart Certificate.
• If applying for a fallen service member, the
SGLI Beneficiary should send in a copy
of Report of Casualty #1300 and a grant
application.

Send these materials to: Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund, P.O. Box 2070, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

For questions, review the website’s Frequently Asked Questions; call 1-877-MNTHANX (877-668-4269) or email support@thankmntroops.org.

Source: www.thankmntroops.org

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