NORMAN — Today, I would like to say thank you to Veterans Corner supporters who wrote letters in support of my VA accreditation. Last week, I received a notice welcoming me as an approved claims agent for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The volunteer of the week is a person who many of you know as the author of “One Hundred Stories from Veterans Corner.” Kami Day has been an active volunteer since 2009. She knows firsthand the sacrifices veterans have made; her father served in the United States Air Force.
Board member Julia Curry brought Cleveland County Special District Judge Steve Stice to the Goldsby Community Center last Thursday. Stice’s father was a veteran, and he knows and appreciates the sacrifices that many of them have made.
One hundred and twenty-nine men and women came to the Goldsby Community Center on Thursday morning for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Of this number, 16 were surviving spouses who were filing for DIC or pension benefits.
One of the things I have learned is that a death certificate can be amended to show other conditions that may have contributed to their death. The attending physician who signs the death certificate may not know all of the veteran’s medical history or the conditions that were service connected. This group of ladies will go through the veterans file and medical records to see if amending the death certificate would help the surviving spouse. For your questions on survivors benefits, call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 550-8806.
Twenty veterans filed their first claims for VA benefits. These veterans utilized the new Fully Developed Claims process. By using this system, the VA Regional Office in Muskogee should be able to process the veterans claim in a much shorter time frame. Last week, one of the veterans received an approval just four weeks after filing for benefits.