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April 3, 2013

Veterans Corner volunteers assist 150 veterans

NORMAN — We are recognizing Neil Vickers, of Norman, as the volunteer of the week. His wife, Paulette, supports him in his efforts to help his fellow veterans. He served in the United States Army for six years.

One hundred and fifty veterans and surviving spouses made the trip to Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Of that number, eight were approved for the 100 percent disability rating by the Muskogee VA Regional office.

As many of you know, those with the 100 percent rating will be eligible for other federal and state benefits. These benefits must be applied for by the veteran to be eligible to receive them. Bring your rating decision and marriage license to file for the Champ — VA Medical insurance for your spouse and children and the state benefits.

Eighteen surviving spouses were seen by Shirley and her crew of ladies. Those ladies whose husbands died from a service-connected disability or one that was presumptive to military service might be eligible to receive DIC payments of $1,200 per month.

They also may be eligible to receive some of the state benefits such as reduced car tags, sales tax exemptions and other benefits such as Champ VA medical insurance. Some ladies who meet the VA income and other requirements could be eligible for the pension benefits.

For information on these benefits, call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 550-8806.

Eighteen veterans filed their first claims for VA benefits. Several of these had just returned from military service while others served in WWII.

Last week, four surviving spouses filed for the $75,000 available from the Justice Department. These ladies husbands were part of the Atomic testing that was done in the ’40s through the ’70s. If a veteran participated in the atomic testing and was diagnosed with cancer, he may receive benefits or his surviving spouse or their families, if both are deceased.

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