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COVID-19 relief pledged

Veterans United Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Veterans United Home Loans, is pledging $1 million to assist with COVID-19 relief in communities across the country, including Oklahoma City and Lawton-Fort Sill.

“The heart of our foundation’s mission is enhancing lives,” said Dr. Amanda Andrade, chief people officer at Veterans United Home Loans. “Our employees are dedicated to giving back and providing relief efforts to the communities we call home during this difficult time.”

The pledged money will be used to purchase critical supplies such as masks for healthcare workers and will also provide emergency relief to organizations and individuals impacted by the pandemic.

"The $1 million pledge from our foundation is to assist individuals and organizations with COVID-19 relief in communities in which we have offices and call home," spokesman Chris Cline said. "There aren’t eligibility requirements other than being impacted by COVID-19 and being from the Oklahoma City or Lawton area. However, a major focus is geared toward supporting organizations that are helping with the crisis and emergency needs in the community due to the effects of the pandemic.

"Individuals and organizations can submit an inquiry for assistance at veteransunitedfoundation.com and clicking on the 'Our $1 million Pledge for COVID-19' button. There’s a Contact Us link at the top of the page. Each inquiry is reviewed on a case-by-case basis."

Veterans United is headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and has corporate offices in Irving, Texas, Lenexa, Kansas, and St. Louis, along with 25 branch locations across the country. Funding will be available in all 29 of those communities.

Veterans United Foundation is funded solely by the employees of Veterans United Home Loans and its affiliated companies. More than 90% of Veterans United employees donate at least one percent of their salaries to fund the foundation. Since its creation in 2011, Veterans United employees have donated more than $51 million to the foundation.

For more information, go to www.veteransunitedfoundation.com.

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