Normandy veterans organization receives $330,000 in ARPA funds

A veterans organization in Norman kicked off the weekend celebrations Thursday by receiving $330,000 in federal relief funds.Cleveland County Commissioners presented the American Legion Post 88 with a check for funding for the plan to American rescue to support building upgrades needed to provide services to veterans “Without it, we’re taking money out of our pockets to survive and do what we need to do,” said Carl Ellison, an accredited officer services to veterans. The funds will support electrical, structural, telephone and computer needs, according to a press release. This will provide better service to the more than 22,000 veterans and their family members who reside in Cleveland County. The substation was built in the 1930s and has not had a major renovation since. Inside substation 88, the ceiling sags , there is no hot water in the bathroom and the electrical wiring has been out of code for decades. Other needed renovations include new plumbing, floors, kitchen appliances and computers. Legion members said these improvements will allow more veterans and their families to come forward and receive the help they need and deserve. “This weekend is what it’s all about,” said Darry Stacy, Cleveland County Commissioner for District 2. “These are the guys who gave it their all so we could have those freedoms.”

A Norman veterans organization kicked off the weekend celebrations Thursday by receiving $330,000 in federal relief funds.

Cleveland County Commissioners presented the American Legion Post 88 with a check for US bailout funding to support building upgrades needed to provide services to veterans

“Without it, we’re taking money out of our pockets to survive and do what we need to do,” said Carl Ellison, an accredited veterans services officer.

The funds will meet electrical, structural, telephone and IT needs, according to a press release. This will provide better service to the more than 22,000 veterans and their family members who reside in Cleveland County.

The post was built in the 1930s and has not undergone major renovations since.

Inside Post 88, the ceiling is sagging, there is no hot water in the bathroom, and the electrical wiring is decades old. Other needed renovations include new plumbing, floors, kitchen appliances and computers.

Legion members said these improvements will allow more veterans and their families to come in and receive the help they need and deserve.

“This weekend is what it’s all about,” said Darry Stacy, Cleveland County Commissioner for District 2. “These are the guys who gave it their all so we could have those freedoms.”

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