Of that total number of veterans, we saw last Thursday there were 23 veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. There were 13 widows who filed for DIC or pension benefits. There were six veterans who received a 100 percent rating for their service connected disabilities. We also assisted 16 veterans who were recently awarded ratings from 10 percent up to 80 percent for their service connected disabilities. The best part of my Thursday is when one of the surviving spouses or those who receive a 100 rating stop by for a handshake or hug from one of the volunteers. There is not a Thursday morning that I don’t see a tear of happiness and relief from those whose lives we have helped to change. If you have any questions about survivor benefits or Atomic Radiation Exposure, call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 405-550-8806.
The benevolence fund was used to help several veterans and surviving spouses with medical expenses, utility, rents and other needs last week. Sid Smith provided boxes of food and other household items that he makes up each week. If you need this type of assistance, he is available each Thursday morning at the Community Center or at 593-1990.
For those of you who have not ordered a brick for your veteran, I encourage you to consider one. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t see people taking that Walk of Honor leading up to each of the three black granite memorials. Harold Harvell, along with our brick layer Johnny Rhodes of Noble, has laid more than 1,000 bricks along and around the walk leading up to the memorials. Harold can be reached at 596-8755 or he and his helpers, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips, are available most every Thursday morning at the hat sales counter in the Goldsby Community Center. They also have the “One hundred stories from Veterans Corner,” written by Dr. Kami Day on sale.