VFW awarded $100,000 in CARES Act grant

VFW awarded $100,000 in CARES Act grant

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The VFW Post 1991 in Jonesboro will receive $100,000 from a Federal Cares Act grant, but time is ticking to spend the money.

The grant is designed to help with COVID-19 relief for veterans and must be spent by Dec. 30, according to Post Commander Shane Perkins.

The group met Tuesday night to discuss how the money will be spent, but it will help the veterans in the area.

“We have 6,100 vets here in Craighead County,” he said. “This COVID has really hurt a lot of people and we want to be there to help them.”

The projects they plan to use the money on are listed:

  • Help the Veteran’s Village
  • Computer Lab Installation with printer and scanner
  • Homeless Veteran aid
  • Nursing Home Veteran aid
  • Build a Veteran’s food pantry
  • Christmas for Veterans, in conjunction with the local National Guard Unit

The VFW should receive money in hand this week, and when they do, they’re ready to work.

“There are no words of gratitude that we could speak to this foundation that is providing these funds and the amount of help is going to be to all of our veterans we can reach out and really help. It’s just going to be an amazing, amazing end of the year,” he said.

They also plan to work with numerous other nonprofits in the county and the surrounding area.

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