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The Florida State Elks Association Army of Hope provides assistance to our deployed military members, returning veterans and their families. The need for this assistance remains constant. Between June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015 we had 22 requests for assistance totaling $27,451.25. The majority of these requests were for assistance with housing, utilities, clothing, food and bills that were in arears.

Requests were as follows:

• $3,000 for assistance with past due utility bills from the SEC District

• $729.56 for assistance with auto repairs from the NW District • $300.00 for assistance with food and clothing for children from the EC District

• $650.00 for travel expenses to pick up a service dog from the S District

• $1,191.00 for assistance with medical bills in the NW District

• $2,000.00 for assistance in purchasing a Trac-chair for a disabled veteran in the SSE District

• $1,521.67 for assistance with past due automobile payments in the NW District

• $1,275.00 for assistance with past due utility bills in the NW District

• $569.16 for lodging assistance while training with Service Dog in the NW District

• $1,761.75 for assistance with past due bills in the NW District

• $2,450.00 for assistance with past due rent in the SE District

• $1,230.09 for assistance with past due rent, utilities and Christmas gifts for children in the NW District

• $1,000.00 for assistance with groceries and gas in the SSE District

• $1,077.94 for assistance with past due insurance, utility and phone bills in the NW District

• $947.96 for assistance with past due utility bills in the NW District

• $1,141.01 for assistance with past due utility and telephone bills in the NW District

• $1,021.92 for assistance with past due utility bills in the S District

• $1,400.00 for assistance with past due rent in the NW District

• $423.88 for assistance with past due utility bills in the NW District

• $1,205.38 for assistance with past due auto, insurance, utilities and day care bills in the NW District

• $1,399.57 for past due utility bill in the NW District

• $1,128.39 for assistance with past due bills in the SWC District

Many of those in need of assistance are too proud to ask for it and wait until they are desperate. Several in the past year were about to become homeless and were at their wits end. We can help sooner if you talk with your military units in your area and let them know the Army of Hope is here for them and their families. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for our troops and their families.

Through your attention to their plight you can “BE THE CHANGE” in their life.

Vic McClellan, PSP FSEA AOH Committee Chairman