The Norman Transcript


April 16, 2014

Norman volunteer recognized for work at Veterans Corner

NORMAN — Each week, we recognize a volunteer who makes that extra effort to assure that a veteran or surviving spouse receives VA benefits. Shirley Clark-Cowdin has been with us four years. During that time, she and her crew of ladies have helped thousands of surviving spouses receive VA benefits that they are entitled to. She stays at the forefront of all new VA regulations that apply to veterans and spouses she assists.

She and her husband, Don, make their home in Norman. Don, a veteran, is one of our ambassadors and is very effective at encouraging the many veterans he meets to make their first visit to Goldsby.

The State Convention for the Daughters of the American Revolution was at the Embassy Suites in Norman last week. State Regent Patsy Miller McFall recognized Veterans Corner with a donation for the work that we do in supporting veterans and their families.

Shirley and I spoke about VA benefits that many of their family members could be eligible to receive.

Last Thursday, 138 men and women were assisted with their claims and questions for VA benefits. Of this number, nine veterans were given a 100 percent rating by the VA Regional Office in Muskogee.

Shirley, along with the help of volunteers, assisted 16 surviving spouses for DIC or pension benefits based on their spouses’ military service.

Twenty-seven veterans came to Goldsby to file their first claims for VA benefits. These men and women were referred to us by their friends and families because of the reputation we have in assisting veterans and their families.

We have been tracking the number of miles driven and veterans transported for the last few months. Clayton Lee, of Dibble, drove 980 miles and transported 13 veterans to their appointments. Harold Martin, of Norman, who drives our van equipped with a wheelchair lift, drove 400 miles and transported nine passengers.

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