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Donations to the nation's longest-running American Legion Post have gone dry

Posted at 9:44 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 23:47:35-04

TULSA, Okla. — The nation’s oldest American Legion post is in jeopardy. Since COVID-19 broke, the donations to Tulsa’s 100-year-old American Legion Post One went dry, but for the past three, donations have plummeted.

“To help these vets, we need donations. We’re at a critical time," said Nichole Montgomery, executive board member for American Legion Post One.

The food supply is low. They have enough to serve 100 veterans.

“We’re behind on electrical, all our utilities,” Montgomery added.

Other sources of money are also at a standstill.

“We do a lot of bingo on Monday nights we have not been able to have,” Montgomery said. “That's one of our main resources. When people rent our hall out, that’s another big resource. We are not able to do that either right now.”

It takes at least $6,000 a month to run the facility. Veterans like Jerry Daniels Sr. are helped there with filing benefits claims and utility assistance.

“I didn't have my disability as a veteran. I fought for it for 20 years," Daniels said. "They also helped me with financial things, such as helping me pay bills that I couldn't afford at the time.”

Thursday night, the executive board will meet to figure out how to move forward on a near empty budget.

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