The Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund was established to assist wartime veterans and their families in the State of Connecticut. Eligible veterans and their families can receive financial assistance, certain medical examinations, and funeral expenses support. The assistance is temporary in nature.
Benefits are administered by and governed under the American Legion Department of Connecticut.
To qualify for benefits, the veteran must:
Demonstrate need for assistance.
Be a Connecticut resident at the time of application and while receiving assistance. Eligible children and spouses must also be residing with the veteran.
Have serviced a minimum of 90 days on active duty during a wartime period, unless discharged prior to the completion of 90 days for a service-connected disability which has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Have been honorably discharged from military service.
Members of the armed forces may still qualify for benefits if they served for the full duration of a conflict in a combat or combat-support role if the conflict lasted fewer than 90 days.
In addition to the above criteria, service between the following dates is required:
World War II
Persian Gulf Era
Operation Earnest Will
Types of services and supports that can be used for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund
Durable medical equipment
Eyeglasses and eye examinations
Hearing aids and audiological examinations
Emergency dental care
Assistance with rental or mortgage interest payments, utilities or medical expenses
Application begins by contacting a local designated Fund Representative or Veterans Aid Investigator, or by contacting a local American Legion Post.
The application must be signed by the veteran or, in the event the veteran is unable to, it may be signed by the veteran's spouse, parent, guardian, adult child or a person holding Power of Attorney or Conservatorship.
To complete the application, the veteran must sign a Release of Information form and provide the following documents:
Certificate of honorable termination of military service
Connecticut Photo ID
Social Security Number
Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
Birth Certificates for minor children
Death Certificate (if applicable)
Documentation of income and liquid assets
Documentation of assistance being provided by the Department of Social Services or non-profit or charitable entities
The Fund Representative will provide guidance and assistance with the preparation of the application.
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