According to the American Legion's website, there has been a significant shortfall in government money allotted to children whose parents in the military died in war time. The government gives these children a college education stipend worth slightly more than $37,000. Taking into account living expenses, textbooks and rising tuition, this benefit covers only a little more than half of college costs in the most affordable situation.
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund is striving to raise $20 million nationwide to provide scholarships for children who lost a parent who was a veteran since Sept. 1, 2011. There are currently about 11,000 youth eligible for these scholarships.
Steve Sullivan, of Excelsior Legion Post 259, was in Montevideo on Aug. 21. So far this year, he has ridden about 2,000 miles on his motorcycle and raised $39,000. Sullivan visited about 600 Legion posts, speaking to members at many stops.
Members of the District 7, Post 59 Legion Riders, based in Montevideo, sent $600 with Sullivan.