Top US Army General Visits Fort Leonard Wood
FORT LEONARD WOOD - General George W. Casey came to Fort Leonard Wood Tuesday to see the damage caused by the New Year's Eve tornado. Casey said more than 50 homes are destroyed and about 90 families are displaced. Construction crews worked all day removing debris.
"I've been in the army for more than 40 years and I don't remember an army installation getting hit by a natural disaster of this magnitude," Casey said.
The USO building stayed busy organizing piles of donations from canned foods to kids toys and shoes.
"We are acting as the emergency relief aide center, for families to come and pick up items they may have lost," said operations coordinator Kelly Brownfield.
Families are encouraged to make multiple trips to the USO to get all they need. Many have been moved to temporary housing and new homes. A hotel on the fort has more than 100 rooms occupied by some of the homeless families.
"The community is wrapping their arms around these soldiers and families and helping them get back on their feet and it's just a team effort," Casey said.
Another challenge facing the US Army is filing claims. Casey said he hopes to bring any plenty of people to get claims filed in 45 days.
There are still some donations the fort needs. The USO asks for household items like vacuums, dishes and furniture. Here is an updated list of needed items as of Tuesday:
- high chairs
- handi wipes
- mens: shaving cream, soap, and deodorant
- laundry soap
- dryer sheets
- dish soap
- dishwasher soap
- trash cans (indoor)
- crib sheets
- kitchen utensils
- crock pots
- small kitchen appliances
- diapers/pull-ups, size 3,4,5,6
- mixing bowls
- kitchen towels/pot holders
- measuring cups/spoons
- gift cards
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