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Ameren Missouri Providing $1 Million to Needy Military Families

December 17 - Ameren Missouri, working with the Missouri National Guard, will award up to $1 million in energy credits to military families in financial need.

Families from all branches of the U.S. Military with a breadwinner currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn are eligible. This program is the next phase of the $5 million commitment to energy assistance that the company announced Aug. 30.

"The Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard join the military members of our state in thanking Ameren Missouri for helping our families in need," said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. "This is an example of the support Ameren shows the military and the support Missourians show the military."

Eligible families must be Ameren Missouri electric or natural gas customers from anywhere in the company's 63-county service area. Assistance will take the form of a one-time, $1,000 bill credit to the family's Ameren Missouri account. No cash refunds will be permitted.

To be eligible, the head of household or his/her spouse must be an Ameren Missouri customer currently deployed in a combat zone for at least 120 consecutive days. The family must also demonstrate a valid financial assistance need and be prepared to submit a copy of the soldier's deployment orders (include a Home of Record address), an Ameren Missouri account number, the name on the account, a current address, and a statement verifying that the U.S. Military member is in good standing.

The Missouri National Guard Family Program Office, located in Jefferson City, will screen all applicants. The program will be in effect from Dec. 20, 2010, until Nov. 30, 2011, or until the $1 million is depleted.

Like the other phases of the $5 million commitment already announced, the program will be funded by corporate contributions from shareholder funds that are not recovered through Ameren Missouri's electric or natural gas rates.

Source: KSDK St. Louis