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March 19, 2014

Veterans Corner volunteers assist 145 with VA claims

NORMAN — We are recognizing Ray Stelting as the volunteer of the week. He has been a dedicated supporter of Veterans Corner for the last six years. He served four years in the United States Army.

Stelting’s main job at Veterans Corner has been to keep the coffee and doughnuts ready for the thousands of veterans and their families who have made the trip to Goldsby. Ray has always been the first to arrive and the last to leave since 2009. He and his wife, Diana, will move soon to be closer to their families. He will be missed.

On Thursday, the warm weather helped bring 145 men and women to Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Shirley and her crew of ladies met with 22 surviving spouses about filing initial claims or following up with VA decisions.

Joan and her crew assisted eight veterans who recently received VA ratings of 100 percent. This group of volunteers also helps veterans and their spouses apply for medical and life insurance and Oklahoma state benefits they are eligible to receive. If you were awarded DIC or a 100 percent rating, return for a follow-up visit with Joan Baxter.

The benevolence fund is being used at a record pace to assist veterans and surviving spouses who need assistance with rent, fuel, medical testing, car repair and a host of other needs. With the new VA Fully Developed Claims paperwork, many veterans need to have what is called a Disability Benefits Questionarre filled out by their medical care providers. These forms are needed to file their VA claims under the new system.

The benevolence fund is used to help some of those veterans in need to help pay the medical provider charge to have the DBQ forms filled out. The average cost has been $300 for each.

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