Fort Walton Elks Lodge #1795 utilized the Elks National Foundation Freedom Grant of $1,000 Nov. 2 to provide underwear clothing to female and male veterans at the 2022 Okaloosa County Veteran Stand Down in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This was the first Stand Down in two years due to the COVID crisis. The community came out in strong support of veterans experiencing homelessness in the community. Veterans in need could get anything from medical and dental screenings to clothing and cold weather gear at these events. Okaloosa County Judge Angela Mason and public defenders were also in attendance to help resolve minor legal issues. Numerous representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies were present to provide housing and benefits assistance to veterans. The Fort Walton Lodge leadership demonstrates that Elks get involved and Elks do what is needed.
Pictured are Michael “Taz” WrightReynolds, PER, Exalted Ruler; Mark Wynn, Inner Guard; Kevin Clemons, PDD, Northwest District Leader; Blake Humphries, member; Paul Eubanks, PER, board chair; and Tom McLaughlin, Leading Knight.