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Elks Remembers Local Veterans With Assistance Through Grant

There were three eager shoppers at Bryan’s in Wolf Point last week thanks to assistance from the Wolf Point Elks Lodge #1764.

After the local Elks lodge was a recipient of an Elks National Foundation grant of $1,000, three local veterans each received $333 to shop for items at Bryan’s. The Spotlight Grants shine a light on three issues facing American communities: early childhood literacy, veteran homelessness and hunger.

Greg Bighorn, site manager for the Fort Peck Warriors Center, notes that the three veterans were homeless and now live in one of the locations provided for veterans by the Fort Peck Housing Authority.

He noted that the veterans were very excited about the chance to shop for needed items.

“This is a big deal for them,” Bighorn said. “Some of them pretty much just have the clothes that they are wearing.”

The veterans included Ivan Roberts, Donovan Red Boy and Mark Dongu.

“They were all ready to come,” Bighorn said.

He explained the Fort Peck Warriors Center is funded through Veterans Affairs. A grant through the VA pays for items such as beds and blankets, but donations are needed for other materials such as towels and wash clothes.

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