Another very important part of this new system allows the veteran or surviving spouse to establish a premium account through the VA website, E-Benefits. With this account, the user can view all of the information in their VA file. If information or evidence is needed, the user can upload it from their computer. For assistance setting up a premium account, the VA has an office in at the federal building in Oklahoma City or at the VA regional office in Muskogee.
Shirley and her helpers assisted seven surviving spouses with their claims for DIC or pension benefits. We assist surviving spouses from Oklahoma and many other states. Currently, we are assisting them from Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Massachusetts and California. For more information, call Shirley at 361-932.
Money from the benevolence fund was used to pay for a motel room for the spouse and sister of a disabled veterans who was undergoing surgery at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital. We also supplied them with gift cards to pay for meals at the hospital.
Last Thursday, we ran out of food boxes. We gave several families a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart.
Jerry Baxter used the benevolence fund to pay for propane for several of veterans’ surviving spouses. It also was used for medical expenses, medical testing, gas cards and veterans’ needs.
We continue to need volunteers to help us provide the many services veterans and surviving spouses need. We are always looking for ways to improve what we do each Thursday morning. If you have an ideas, call or email your suggestions.
Three vans are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. One — driven by Howard Martin, , 227-3239 — is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Clayton Lee, of Dibble, can be reached at 684-8860.
For all of your questions and assistance about veterans’ benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 7 a.m., and sign-in sheets are available at 5:30 a.m. Visit veteranscorner.org.