A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Seattle gets underway for a morning patrol through Elliott Bay, Wash., on Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Logan Kellogg)

American Legion Offering Coast Guard $1,500 Grants During Shutdown

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard not receiving their paychecks during the ongoing government shutdown have just been thrown a small life saver by the American Legion.

Throughout the shutdown, the American Legion, in partnership with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is offering one-time-per-household Temporary Financial Assistance grants.

Once National Headquarters has received and approved a TFA application for a Coast Guard member, a check will be overnighted directly to the family in need,” said the American Legion

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The funds are provided by private donations to the American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation, which launched last October.

The government shutdown has left approximately 42,000 Coast Guard service members and civilian staff without the prospect of a paycheck, leading to a number of veterans groups urging members of Congress to pass legislation that would fund the military branch controlled by the Department of Homeland Security — the only branch of the armed forces that is currently impacted by the shutdown, which began at midnight on Dec. 22.

“During any single pay cycle, approximately $150 million is required to pay all USCG military and civilian employees,” said Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.

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Legion departments with active-duty Coast Guard commands are encouraged to reach out and share that the American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance program is available to meet their immediate needs during the current government shutdown. Questions on eligibility or how to apply for a grant may be directed to (800) 504-4098.

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum is Managing Editor of Homeland Security Today's Federal Pages. He has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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