843754484 1 Disaster Relief help for veterans affected by hurricanes

ISLAMORADA, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: A steady stream of traffic heads North on Overseas Highway as mandetory evacuations continue in Monroe County and the Florida Keys on September 7, 2017 in Islamorada, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

By Caitlin M. Kenney

Below is a list of phone numbers and websites for veterans affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, and Hurricane Irma in Florida, the USVI, and Puerto Rico:

Veterans of Foreign Wars state department phone numbers

If you are in need of immediate assistance, call:

Florida  352-622-5126 (evacuated until Sept 12)

Texas: 512-834-8535

Louisiana: 225-928-5025

Apply for the VFW’s Unmet Needs program at www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants.


Disabled American Veterans

Visit DAV’s website at www.dav.org/veterans/outreach-programs/disaster-relief/ to learn if you are eligible for their Disaster Relief Program.

Texas veterans can contact their DAV local national service office for the following areas:

Waco area: 254-299-9932

Houston area: 713-383-2715

San Antonio area: 210-699-5064


American Legion

To apply for National Emergency Fund assistance go to www.legion.org/emergency/apply or call the Texas American Legion headquarters at (512) 472-4138.


American Red Cross 

To find an open shelter: www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter

Reconnect with loved ones: www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/contact-and-locate-loved-ones


VA Benefits

VA’s Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan has been activated. Eligible vets can take their VA ID Card and a written prescription or active VA prescription bottle to any CVS or HEB pharmacy to receive a 14-day supply of medication.

Veterans needing pharmacy assistance – call (866) 265-0124.

If you’ve lost your medication and no longer have the written prescription you can contact the Health Resources Center Disaster Hotline at (800) 507-4571

Tricare users in Louisiana and some counties in Texas can get emergency prescription refills at any Tricare network pharmacy.  Check the Tricare website for up to date information.


Connect: @CaitlinMKenney | Caitlin@ConnectingVets.com

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