Hard economic times hit veterans, too

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State officials say the number of veterans seeking emergency financial assistance has doubled in recent weeks in the midst of the nation's economic struggles.

Veterans who have at least 90 days of wartime service are qualified to request help in Oklahoma in certain emergencies, including the loss of a job because of illness or injury, or a disaster such as a loss of home due to fire, flood or storm.

Margaret Woodford of the state Department of Veterans Affairs says about 10 veterans apply for aid each week, and a qualified applicant receives between $500 and $700 on average. The maximum is $1,000.

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