Unmet Needs Program Helps Family After Tornado
Grant provides food and clothing for Oklahoma family
July 15, 2013
tornadoes ripped through Moore, Okla., on May 20, Daniel Dashiell and his
family lost their home, cars and all of their possessions. He was out of town
when the tornado hit, but quickly made his way home after hearing on the radio
that the tornado had touched down in his family’s hometown. Upon arrival, he
was devastated to see the destruction and chaos left behind.
he made his way to where his house had been, he was relieved to find his wife
Melissa and their two children had made it through the storm in their tornado
shelter located under the garage. Immediately after finding his own family,
Daniel helped dig multiple neighbors from the rubble surrounding them while
waiting on first responders to make it to the scene.
Dashiell family stayed with friends for a week while searching for a new home.
They heard about VFW’s Unmet Needs Program through the
Family Readiness Center at Tinker Air Force Base where Daniel is an Active Duty
Technical Sergeant. After an hour of applying for assistance, they had
immediate access to grants that helped sustain them with food and clothing
until their insurance claim was processed.
Melissa and I learned that the loan had in fact become a grant we just cried
and became overwhelmed with relief,” said Daniel. “I would have to rate my
experience with Unmet Needs as absolutely priceless and I can't wait [until] we
can pay it forward.”
2004, VFW’s Unmet Needs Program has provided over 3,200 emergency financial
grants for military families during troubling times.
learn more about the Unmet Needs Program or other VFW National Military
Assistance programs,click here.
BACK TO NEWS >