Frank Froman stands next to what's left of his home in Moore, Okla. (Photo by Mark Zimmerman)

Oklahoma veterans, families receive help

The EF5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on May 20 killed 24 people, destroyed or damaged nearly 13,000 homes, and affected more than 33,000 people’s lives. Immediately following the storm, The American Legion was on-site at the Home Depot in Moore to provide veterans and their families with financial emergency assistance.

The Legion committed $1 million to help cover relocation and emergency expenses for veterans and their families whose homes were devastated by the tornado. To date, the Legion has assisted nearly 200 veterans and their families and provided $200,000 in emergency funds. And applications for assistance are still coming in.

The emergency assistance is open to all veterans affected by the Oklahoma tornado, not just Legion members. Veterans wishing to apply for assistance should call (800) 504-4098 to speak with an operator ready to assist them in filling out an application.

Individuals wishing to donate directly to emergency funds for the Oklahoma victims can donate online here.

General donations to the Legion’s National Emergency Fund may be donated online here or sent via U.S. Postal Service:

The American Legion NEF

P.O. Box 1055

Indianapolis, IN 46206