Houses in the Old North Dayton neighborhood along Troy Street where a tornado ripped through industrial buildings across the street and then the neighborhood on Monday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Local vets can get $1,000 to help pay for tornado damage

Area veterans may be able to get some money if their home was damaged in one of the Memorial Day tornadoes.

The Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission is offering qualified vets up to $1,000 to help pay their insurance deductibles if their home was harmed by a tornado last week.

“We thought that would be very meaningful,” said Mark Landers, executive director of the service commission. “We’re getting plenty of calls already.”

Anyone interested in applying for assiatance fromt he commission can call Landers at 937-225-4801 or by emailing veteransinfo@mcohio.org. Vets need to provide a portion of their insurance policy in order to apply.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed 15 tornadoes touched down in Ohio on Memorial Day, including an EF 4 tornado with winds up to 170 miles-per-hour cutting across the greater Dayton region at spe.

At least 50 vets have contacted the commission so far, Landers said. The commission, Landers said, is trying to process applications for the aid as quickly as possible and is scheduling appointments with vets interested.

People who may know a vet whose home was damaged should encourage them to apply, Landers said.

“A lot of people don’t want to ask somebody for help, especially veterans,” he said.

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