American Legion Post 21 member Ayanna Santiago presents Alaska VA Director Dr. Timothy Ballard with Operation Comfort Warriors donations.

Alabama, Alaska veterans benefit from OCW grants

The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program has recently made a few grants to benefit veterans receiving care at VA medical centers in Alabama and Alaska.

The Central Alabama VA Health Care System received a $9,000 grant last month that was used to purchase 250 tickets for post-9/11 veterans to attend Military Appreciation Night during a Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball game at Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. Besides reserved seating, the veterans received an OCW-branded T-shirt and dinner at the stadium.

The Alaska VA Health Care System received a $10,000 grant on May 3 to purchase needed health and comfort items, clothing, musical instruments and newborn-baby baskets for veterans receiving care in VA facilities located in Anchorage, Juneau, Mat-Su/Wasilla and Fairbanks. The donation was during a System Worth Saving site visit by National Headquarters staff.

OCW grants help aid in the recovery of wounded veterans receiving care at warrior transition units or military hospitals by providing rehabilitation, recreational and comfort items. And 100 percent of donations to the OCW program is spent directly on the veterans; administrative and promotional costs for OCW is paid by The American Legion.

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Operation Comfort Warriors

This program provides comfort items for wounded, injured or ill military personnel. All donations to this fund go directly towards the purchase of these comfort items.