NORMAN — The volunteer of the week has been making the trip to Goldsby each Thursday for the last six years.
We are recognizing Larry Miller for his dedication to veterans and their families. We appreciate the time and money that he has spent to support the men and women who have served in the military. Larry’s wife, Kathy, supports him in his efforts to improve the lives of the nation’s veterans.
I hope all of you were able to spend time with your families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Several volunteers have family members serving in the military who were not able to spend time with them. I encourage everyone who knows someone in the military serving in faraway places to send them cards or emails thanking them for their service.
I have had many people over the years ask how we could have so many volunteers that continue to be at Veterans Corner every Thursday year after year. The answer to that is that many of us have found that when we are helping veterans and their families, we also are helping ourselves.
When I returned from Vietnam in 1967 after serving in the Marines, there was no welcome home and no place for us to go for any type of readjustment counseling. In 1992, several other veterans and I enrolled in a program at the Oklahoma City Veterans Center to better understand what had happened to us during that war.
The programs and counseling service that they provided was a turning point for me and the thousands of other veterans who have used their services. The staff at Veterans Corner encourages all of the combat veterans we assist to use the counselors at the Veterans Center. It could change your life.
I received a letter recently from a veteran who lives in Florida who made the trip to Goldsby last year for help with his VA claims. He wrote: