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Legion responds to Colorado flooding

American Legion Post 18 in Greeley, Colo., is providing immediate financial assistance to veterans and their families. Post Commander Jim Hartshorn says there will be National Emergency Fund (NEF) grant applications, Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) applications, Veteran’s Trust Fund money and other funds to help families. The post is located at 1428 7th Avenue in Greeley.

The American Legion Department of Colorado also is assisting flood victims with NEF grants. Veterans impacted by the floods can contact the department headquarters at (303) 366-5201 or email one of the following individuals:

Since last week’s deadly storms, military personnel have evacuated more than 3,000 people stranded by the floods in a major effort involving both the Colorado and Wyoming National Guard and soldiers from Fort Carson. Nearly 2,400 people were rescued by air as part of Operation Centennial Raging Waters.

It’s the largest helicopter evacuation effort since Hurricane Katrina, according to the Colorado National Guard. In addition, National Guard troops have been filling sandbags, running checkpoints and rescuing animals.