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In recognition of current high unemployment rates and family struggles to make ends meet, Miller County VFW Post 2442 has authorized spending up to $20,000 over the next six months to aid military veterans in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties who need assistance.

Veterans have been among those impacted by layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, but, due to social distancing and isolation, it has been nearly impossible for the VFW to learn of veterans in need, according to a news release issued by post commander John Morlock.

Post 2442 will set up 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Old Navy in Prewitt's Point shopping center next to Target in Osage Beach; veterans in need of assistance may visit with post representatives.

A veterans service officer will be available to address questions veterans may have regarding VA claims or to help file new paperwork for a claim. The state VFW commander also will be present, and the post will accept donations from the public to help offset the cost of the assistance.

Veterans who need assistance should bring any paperwork necessary to show need. To qualify to receive financial assistance, veterans must prove veteran status by presenting a DD Form 214 Military Service Release Document, valid military ID card or VA ID card.

In addition to using its own funds, Post 2442 is asking local businesses and individuals to donate to its efforts. To donate or assist, call Morlock at 573-723-3113 or 573-280-3240.

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