NORMAN — This week we are recognizing an Army veteran who has been one of the volunteers the last five years. Franklin Thompson resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Mary, who has always supported his efforts to improve the lives of our veterans.
With all of the storms we have had the last few weeks, the number of veterans and surviving spouses we assist continues to be just more than 100 each Thursday. Six veterans were awarded a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities.
If you received a rating of 50 percent or higher, you are eligible for reduced car tags for two vehicles. The 50 percent rating also makes you eligible to receive a free Oklahoma State hunting and fishing license. For assistance in applying for these benefits, visit with Joan Baxter any Thursday morning.
Shirley Cowan and our lady volunteers assisted 14 surviving spouses to apply for VA benefits based upon their husband’s military service.
Eighteen veterans were assisted in filing their first claims for VA benefits. The most common claim is for service connection of hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in ears) that was caused by noise exposure in the military.
The Veterans Corner benevolence fund was used last week to help with rent, food items, gas cards, medical testing and transportation expenses last week. To help us with this part of our program, call Jerry Baxter at 833-0773 or visit him Thursday morning.
John Carter, of Norman, is in charge of the Veterans Corner building fund. If you would like to help us build a facility where we can serve more people in the community, call John at 202-1999.
If you need food or other household items, Sid Smith can assist you with these items. He is available at 573-1990 or on Thursday morning.
Clayton Lee, 684-8860, and the other transportation drivers provide rides to veterans to the Oklahoma City VA Hospital for their appointments. If you need a ride or know a veteran who does, contact Clayton to set up a driver. For Norman-area veterans, contact Harold Martin at 227-3239 or Robert Root at 919-3008. For Moore-area needs, contact Howard Robertson, 205-4895. This is a free service that we provide for those veterans who are unable to provide their own transportation.
Donations are accepted for both the benevolence fund and for the building fund. We keep these accounts separate, so please specify where you want your dollars to go when making a donation. Our address is Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK 73093.
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.
Take time to visit veteranscorner.org.
You can call me at 550-8806 or email me at kdgraham@windstream.
Dale K. Graham is service officer for VFW Post 4890.