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November 5, 2013

Veterans Corner presented program to several groups

NORMAN — This week, we are recognizing Pastor Franklin Thompson as the volunteer of the week.

Thompson has been with us for the last six years, always ready to assist any veteran to navigate the numerous forms required when applying for VA benefits. Thompson and his wife, Mary, make their home in Oklahoma City.

Nov. 2, I represented Veterans Corner as the grand marshall of the Blanchard Veterans Day parade. Thanks go out to Roy Sampley, Sam Broyles and the many other VFW members and other volunteers who helped make the Blanchard Veterans Day parade a huge success.

The Knights of Columbus chapter in Norman invited several of us from Veterans Corner to join their group for dinner Oct. 30. We presented a short program about veterans’ benefits and surviving spouse benefits that may be available to some of the members and their families.

We presented an informational briefing using the PowerPoint presentation to 60 of the Boeing Global Services employees at Tinker Air Force Base last week.

The arrangements for this program were made by one of the veterans who we recently assisted at Goldsby, Fred B. Brown II, Ph.D. Many of the men and women who are employed by Boeing are veterans who have been transferred to Tinker from other facilities.

For those of you who will be in the Midwest City area Tuesday, we will be available to visit with veterans about possible VA benefits at the annual Veterans Day luncheon celebration at Rose State College. Please look for our table. The guest speaker will be the vice commander of the 72nd Air Base Wing of Tinker Air Force Base.

At 10 a.m. Monday, some of the Veterans Corner volunteers will be at the Rambling Oaks facility in Norman to recognize veterans who live there.

All of the handicapped ramps we had have been given to needy veterans or to churches. We have two hospital beds available, if anyone can use them. I also have several walkers and other items that are available to any veteran or spouse who could use them. Call me if you know someone who could use them.

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