The Norman Transcript

March 26, 2014

Veterans Corner adds new board members


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — We have several husband and wife couples who spend each Thursday morning volunteering to help veterans and surviving spouses.

We are recognizing Jerry Ferguson and his wife, Celinda, as volunteers of the week. They have only been with us for a year and already have made a positive difference in the lives of many of our veterans and their families.

Celinda has found her niche working with the crew in accounting and the mail room.

Jerry has agreed to take over coffee duties from longtime volunteer Ray Stelting, who is moving to Wyoming to be near his family.

The Veterans Corner board of directors has added five new members to better serve veterans. Each of these men and women are bringing years of experience working with veterans to the board. We are pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected to serve on our board of trustees: Betty Van Noy, Julia Curry, Rhonda Reynolds, Alfred Hollis and Robert Staples.

The new volunteer van driver, Greg Kelsch, transported his first rider last Thursday morning and she lived in Lexington; the bridge between Purcell and Lexington is closed for repairs. He said it required him to drive an extra 60 miles to bring her to Goldsby. Kelsch lives in the Newcastle area and can be reached at 255-2208. 

For those of you who need transportation to your VA appointments, call Clayton Lee, of Dibble, at 684-8860. Lee transported 18 veterans to their VA appointments last week and drove 640 miles. Harold Martin, the volunteer driver for the wheelchair-accessible van, can be reached 227-3239. Last week, he drove 546 miles while transporting 12 passengers.

A surviving spouses in Norman donated her husband’s power wheelchair to us last year. We have been using it as a loaner to veterans who are temporarily handicapped. Last week, we put in new batteries and loaned it out for the third time.

We had some more good news for the benevolence fund last week when the management steering committee at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma announced that Veterans Corner would receive a $5,000 grant from their committee.

Last week, the benevolence fund helped nine veterans who needed assistance for rent, food, fuel and medical testing.

On any given Thursday, we will spend from $2,000 to $4,000 to meet the needs of the men and women we assist.

The fuel bill from our three vans is part of this weekly expense, along with insurance and repairs that are required. For any questions or assistance from this fund, call Jerry Baxter at 833-0773.

The Goldsby Veterans Memorial is filled with bricks with veterans’ names along the Walk of Honor. If you would like to purchase a brick for the veteran in your life, stop by Thursday to get one in the works.

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

For all of your questions and assistance about veterans’ benefits, visit me at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Doors open at 7 a.m. Take time to visit veteranscorner.org.

If you would like to be a Veterans Corner sponsor, we are a 501(C) (3), where your donations should be tax deductible.

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. 

Semper Fi.

Dale Graham can be reached at 550-8806 or by email at kdgraham@windstream.net.

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