American Legion allocates $1 million for Oklahoma tornado victims

May 21, 2013, 10:30 ET from The American Legion

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion announced that it is allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The money will be used to cover relocation expenses for veterans and their families whose homes were devastated by the disaster.

The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization, has previously assisted emergency efforts following Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.

The American Legion has set up a hotline for veterans needing emergency assistance. They can call 1-800-504-4098. If they have legal custody of minor children, they can seek help though the Legion's Temporary Financial Assistance Program. Veterans without children can seek assistance through The American Legion National Emergency Fund.  Individuals wishing to donate to The American Legion National Emergency Fund should call 1-800-253-7000, donate online at or mail checks to The American Legion NEF, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.

Media contact:  Joe March, (317) 630-1253; (317) 748-1926, John Raughter, (317) 630-1350 / (317)441-8847 or Marty Callaghan, (202) 263-5758, (202) 215-8644. 

SOURCE The American Legion