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Veterans need help after losing homes in the wildfires
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Veterans need help after losing homes in the wildfires

Veterans need help after losing homes in the wildfires
Photo Credit: April Hill
Founder of Guardians of Freedom Ministries

Veterans need help after losing homes in the wildfires

The Friendship Church in Mannford is still overflowing with donated goods.

Some of the wildfire victims don't even have a tent to keep a toothbrush and canned goods.

The fires destroyed more than 380 homes in Creek County.

Many of the wildfire victims are veterans, a group known for helping each other.

Frank Kiker is a veteran and chaplain.

He lives in Tulsa and is stepping up to help his fellow soldiers.

Kiker says, “I’ve talked to the state senators, get them involved.”

He called everyone at the capitol to get them on board.

“I just talked to Lucas and said give me a letter. We’ll go out there and get it. John Sullivan’s already given us a letter.”

He's also talking to the military to get trailers and furniture.

“We can get their beds at Tinker. There’s tons of furniture out there.”

Kiker says the furniture at Tinker Air Force Base is much nicer than what is being donated.

“So when you find those guys who have no house and they’re giving furniture away that came out of a guy’s barn, we can get better stuff. I know we can get better stuff.”

This weekend Kiker will set up big military tents the veterans can use for shelter or storage.

The wildfires burned more than 90 square miles in Creek County.

Investigators believe the fires were sparked by a lit cigarette was dropped on the ground.

The Sheriff’s Office in Creek County has identified three men who may be responsible.

They may face arson charges.

No one has been arrested yet.

If you would like to help the veterans, or you need help, call Kiker at 918-402-6629.

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