Korean War Veteran’s Association Starts Emergency Relief Fund

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 Robert Morales, American Legion Commander, District 30, helps the IC Sheriff's Explorer raise the United States flag for the first time in front of the new Veteran's Service office.
FILE PHOTO – Robert Morales, American Legion Commander, District 30, helps an Imperial County Sheriff’s explorer raise the United States flag for the first time in front of the new Veteran’s Service office.

EL CENTRO – A proposed emergency relief fund of the Imperial Valley Korean War Veteran’s Association (KWVA) needed seed money so the organization can assist local veterans under financial distress with money to buy food, pay utility expenses and fund basic living needs. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to sponsor up to $1,000 for the relief fund to be given out at the KWVA’s discretion.

The Veterans’ organization meets monthly, except during the summer, and helps local veterans with updates on retirement and medical benefits, and other matters important to the men and women who have served their country.

The KWVA sees the needs of the poorest veterans and they want to offer more than just a place to gather and be mentored, said association officials. The establishment of an Emergency Relief Fund to assist all Valley veterans facing severe financial distress, such as lack of food, cut offs of utilities, and basic living costs. The Korean War Veteran Association will rely on the Imperial County Veterans’ Office for referrals.

“The association will provide an annual report to you and the board on the distribution of the funds,” said N.O (Benny) Benavidez, KWVA president.