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February 5, 2014

Norman couple assists veterans by donating Suburban

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.

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