The Oklahoma chapter of D.A.R. is trying to establish an endowment to provide further assistance to veterans.

DAR helps Veterans

A women's service group is raising money for a new project to benefit military veterans. The Veteran's First Fund is the brainchild of Pat McFall, state regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR. She said her organization hopes to raise at least $150,000 to endow the fund, which would help qualified veterans with minor expenses not covered by existing programs.

“Basically it will be a hand up thatmight help them get back on their feet,” McFall said. “For some in the autumn of their life, it may just help them have a better day.” The new fund would provide a resource pool from which DAR could draw to respond quickly to similar needs. Goals of the organization are:

  • To raise money and awareness for veteran needs that may go unanswered through lack of specific services.
  • To serve as a monetary bridge between annual stand downs that assist homeless or needy veterans.
  • To provide additional funding for women's resources within the VA facilities. (Clothing or day care for work force entry or educational transitioning.)
  • To provide short-term sponsorship of homeless veterans.
  • To assist caregivers' support groups.
  • To meet other needs identified by facility professionals.

At this point, McFall's organization has raised only about $30,000 — well short of the $150,000 funding goal.
“Right now I'm doing grassroots efforts with our 2,800 members selling things and getting donations from them,” she said. “I want to get grants or other assistance from companies.”

She emphasized that she is willing to meet with any business or group to discuss the fund.

Individuals can donate clothes to the Veterans Affairs hospitals, she said. Large sizes always are needed.

Financial donations may be made to the fund by emailing McFall at PRMcFall@aol.com or by calling 844-8824. Contributors will receive a receipt from the group's bonded treasurer
 

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