The Norman Transcript

December 18, 2013

Volunteers assist 90 with claims


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The volunteer of the week, David McFeerrin, has been making the trip to Goldsby for the last five years. Each week, he does his part to assist veterans and their dependents in receiving all of the VA benefits they are eligible for.

McFeerrin served in the Army, achieving the rank of major before retiring. David also volunteers each Wednesday morning, assisting veterans at the American Legion Post 88 in Norman.

Please remember that we will be closed Dec. 26 for volunteers to be with their families. We will be open the following Thursday morning at the regular time. I hope that each of you has a merry Christmas and a happy new year. All of us at Veterans Corner wish the very best for you and your families.

Last Thursday, we began tracking the number of volunteers who are at Goldsby each week and the jobs they perform. I was pleasantly surprised to see that we had 67 volunteers here to help the men and women who needed assistance with their VA claims and questions.

The total number of volunteers includes many behind-the-scenes men and women who keep the organization running smoothly. If you or your group would like to become involved in what we do, stop by for a visit any Thursday morning.

For those of you who have veterans or surviving spouses in your organization or church who may be eligible for VA benefits, we have a PowerPoint presentation we can present that describes many of the VA benefits that may be available to them.

For the record, everything we do is free. We are veterans helping veterans, with our only goal being to help the men and women who have served our nation in the military.

Ninety veterans and surviving spouses were assisted with their VA claims and questions last Thursday. Of that number, Shirley and her ladies assisted 15 of them in applying for DIC or pension benefits.

One of the ladies whose husband was service-connected for PTSD and other disabilities died recently. When she received the death certificate, one of the contributing factors was listed as PTSD. By this being listed on the death certificate, it enabled her to receive DIC benefits.

We helped seven veterans who were recently awarded 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities. These veterans will receive the state and federal benefits that are available to them.

Fifteen veterans filed their first claims for benefits Thursday.

The family support services at the Oklahoma National Guard have asked us to assist several whose spouses are on active duty in Afghanistan.

One of these ladies needed her car repaired to transport their children to school. We provided the funds, and the folks at Kenny Keith’s garage in Goldsby repaired her car at a discount. We also assisted one family with rent money who were being evicted after they had lost their jobs.

Jerry Baxter is the treasurer of the benevolence fund. He can be reached at 833-0773, or stop in on Thursday mornings to visit with him.

John Carter, of Norman, is heading the building committee plans for a facility on the property just west of Interstate 35 on State Highway 9. If you would like to visit with Carter about this project, he can be reached at 202-1999.

For those who need food items, Sid Smith has food boxes prepared each Thursday for anyone who needs assistance.

We have three vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. Clayton Lee, of Dibble, can be reached at 684-8860. Howard Martin, of Norman, drives the wheelchair-accessible van and can be reached at 227-3239.

For all of your questions and assistance, 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 us at veteranscorner.org.

For questions on widows’ benefits, call Shirley at 361-9322.

You may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK 73093.

You can call me at 550-8806 or email me at kdgraham@windstream.

net.

Semper Fi.

Dale K. Graham serves as Veterans Corner service officer.

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