Tulsa American Legion Post Raising Money for Veterans

Dozens of people spent time helping local veterans at the American Legion Post 1 Saturday. The 8th Street Car and Bike Show was a place where patrons could look at classic cars and motorcycles. The event was designed to raise money for veterans outreach programs that the American Legion support.

There were about 80 cars and 20 motorcycles on display. One car owner came to the show because he is a 20-year United States Air Force veteran. Marty O'Rourke says because he's a veteran he goes as many of these car shows as he can.

"I think that veterans just sort of get lost with what's going on. I know you are thanked every now and then, but when we see a group get together and actually do something, it really makes a big difference," O'Rourke said.

Since 2001, O'Rourke has spent countless hours restoring his dream car.

"When I was in high school, I always wanted a Shelby and the deal came across one day. I dragged it home and made the dream come true," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke restores cars for others all the time and says this car show goes hand-in-hand with veterans because many of them owned these same types of cars while they were serving. That's one reason why this post picked a car show to raise many for all the ways they help local veterans.

"As our veterans come back from war and they are trying to integrate back into society here, into our community, we need to be able to help them out, and this is one way we can do that, by providing assistance funds if we need, to get them back on the right track," event chair, Christian Baughman, said.

Baughman said he knows first-hand how this organization helps out. He is a disabled veteran. After 6 years of service for the Army National Guard, the American Legion helped him find a job. That's why he gives back to this organization.

If you are a local veteran in need of the American Legion's help or you would like to help this organization, you can reach them at 918-584-4274.