NORMAN — Veterans Corner recognizes a volunteer each week who makes a difference in the lives of veterans and surviving spouses. I’m proud to recognize Gail Reeves, of Tecumseh, who makes the trip to Goldsby each week.
Reeves is always ready to lend a helping hand each Thursday, from helping veterans to file for a disability benefits to making copies.
She has been with Veterans Corner since 2011, and her can-do attitude is appreciated by all of the men and women she has assisted.
Last week, I wrote about a young Marine and his wife who needed a car or truck to drive to their first duty station at Camp Lejuene, N.C. I’m happy to report that their prayers were answered by Lynn and Gay Rogers, of Norman.
They donated a 1999 Suburban to Veterans Corner, and then we in turn gave it to James and Tara Crossfield.
I have asked the Crossfields to keep us updated on their military experiences so I can keep readers posted on what they are doing.
On Thursday, 115 men and women made the trip to Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Of that number, 18 veterans filed their first claims for VA benefits.
These veterans, both men and women, ranged from in age from their early 20s up into their 90s. Several served in WWII and were just making their first application for VA benefits.
Shirley and her helpers helped 12 surviving spouses file for VA benefits last Thursday.
For those of you who are interested in helping us assist veterans and surviving spouses with their applications for VA benefits, we are scheduling a training class at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Goldsby Community Center.
If you would like to participate in this training, there will be three sessions of three hours each.
For more information, call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 550-8806.
Six veterans were approved for a VA rating of 100 percent for their disabilities that were caused by, aggravated or presumptive to military service.
The Goldsby Veterans Memorial is filled with bricks with veterans names along the Walk of Honor. We have updated the Veterans Corner website with the location of bricks recently added.
If you would like to purchase a brick for the veteran in your life, Harold Harvell, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips are available each Thursday to assist you with the purchase of your brick, military hat or one of our “One Hundred Stories from Veterans Corner” books written by Dr. Kami Day. Harvell can be reached at 596-8755.
For those who need food items, Sid Smith has food boxes prepared each Thursday.
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, who drives the wheelchair-accessible van, can be reached at 227-3239.
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. Take time to visit veteranscorner.org.
Donations for the benevolence fund may be sent to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington OK 73093. Donations for the building fund may be sent to Veterans Corner, C/O Dale Graham, P.O. Box 722160, Norman OK 73070.
Dale K. Graham is the service officer for Veterans Corner.
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