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March 5, 2014

Volunteers complete training seminar

NORMAN — Each week, a volunteer who has went above and beyond is recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of veterans and their families. This week, Paul Ketcherside is that volunteer.

He has been a member of the team for the last four years. Paul’s knowledge and can-do-attitude has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who visit the Goldsby Community Center. He is married to Suzanne, who has always supported his passion to help veterans.

I need a few minutes of your time to write a short note in support of accreditation for myself and what we have done for the veterans and surviving spouses in the community.

Without this accreditation, I do not know if we can continue the mission of veterans helping veterans. We have waited patiently the last nine months to be accredited by the VA office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C.

Currently, I’m a VFW Post 4890 and District 10 service officer only.

I passed the VA test for accreditation in November and as of today, I have not received the required accreditation.

Please send as many letters and faxes in support of my VA accreditation to Y Ken Lee, deputy assistant general counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20420; Fax number, 202-273-6404; Email address, ken.lee@va.gov.

Volunteers have completed the Joint Service Officer Training Seminar presented by the DAV-American Legion-VFW-PVA and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

They also have satisfactorily completed the training course for volunteer veterans service officers.

Last Thursday, was another good day for many of the veterans and their families; nine received a VA disability rating of 100 percent.

Some of these veterans were injured more than 50 years ago while serving in the Armed Forces.

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