The American Legion has assisted nearly 200 families of military veterans as a result of the devastating EF5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., May 20. In addition to assistance provided by local Legionnaires, the national organization has awarded about $200,000 of grants through its National Emergency Fund (NEF) and Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) programs.
"The American Legion has programs in place to help veterans in their time of need," American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz said. "Whether it's Oklahoma or the scene of another natural disaster, I want to encourage veterans to call our hotline for assistance. Our TFA program assists veterans who have custody of children, while our National Emergency Fund was created to assist wartime veterans who have incurred financial hardship due to the devastation caused by declared natural disasters. We are prepared to assist with the latest disasters, but hurricane season has just begun and we have seen an abundance of wildfires over the last few years. Donations to our programs are greatly appreciated and all the money given goes directly to assisting those in need."
The American Legion has previously assisted emergency efforts following Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.
The American Legion assistance hotline is (800) 504-4098. Individuals wishing to donate to the NEF can do so online  or mail a check to The American Legion NEF, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Donations to TFA can be made online  or by sending a check to The American Legion Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN, 46206.