The Norman Transcript


October 2, 2013

Veterans Corner needs your support



The men and women who we have helped are receiving more than $50 million each year from the Department of Veterans Affairs in compensation for their injuries or illnesses caused by military service.

If you could take the time to support us by sending a letter to Robert E. Wallace, executive director, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Washington Office, 200 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC, 20002,; William A. Thien, VFW commander in chief, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO, 64111,; or Jeff Harris, Oklahoma VFW state commander, 2311 N. Central Ave., Oklahoma City, OK, 73105, we will continue to support all of the veterans and their surviving spouses.

Last Thursday, 104 veterans or surviving spouses were assisted with their claims and questions about VA benefits. Of that number, 15 filed their first claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Shirley’s crew of ladies assisted 15 surviving spouses for either DIC (veteran dies from a service-connected condition or one that is presumptive to military service) or pension (is based on income and when the veteran served in the military).

Three veterans received ratings of 100 percent. These men and women will receive the Oklahoma State benefits allocated to those who are rated 100 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Most veterans have the option to ask for a re-evaluation of their service-connected conditions that have become more severe one year after the date that is stamped on the front page of their VA rating decision.

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

You may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK, 73093.You can call me at 550-8806 or email me at kdgraham@windstream.

net. Semper Fi.

Dale K. Graham is service officer at VFW Post 4890.

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