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December 12, 2012

Mark Holden honored as Veterans Center volunteer of the week

NORMAN — We are recognizing Mark Holden as the volunteer of the week. Mark has been with us for four years doing his part to support veterans and their families. He served in the U.S. Army and has been one of the regular volunteers supporting the VFW and Veterans Corner. Mark and his wife Lucy reside in the Washington area.

I attended a VFW meeting at the Red Lobster in Norman, while there one of the staff told me she found a Navy ring while cleaning up with the name Stephen Welch engraved on the inside. If you know this person, call me at 550-8806.

If any of you need a tax deduction before the end of the year, think about donating that old car or truck as we are a 501(3) non-profit. The individual is the one who places the value on items that are donated.

Shirley called yesterday to tell us about our first male surviving spouse to be approved for DIC benefits. His wife served in the military in the medical field for several years. Our crew of ladies processed 11 surviving spouses for VA benefits. If you know of any of these ladies who lost their veteran husband, ask them to check with Shirley at 361-9322 about possible VA survivor benefits.

There were 122 veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted with their VA claims and questions on Thursday. Of this number, there were nine who received a 100 percent rating for their service connected disabilities. Many of the veterans that we see are not aware that they can ask for a re-evaluation of their service connected disability one year after their original VA decision. On another point, if your disability requires medical treatment such as surgery you may be eligible to receive a temporary 100 percent rating during convalescence. I recommend that you check with us before receiving any type of treatment for your service connected disability. There were 18 veterans who filed their first claim for benefits last Thursday.

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