NORMAN — Each week, we have more than 50 volunteers assisting veterans and their surviving spouses with their VA claims and questions. We recognize one of them each week for their dedication to veterans and their surviving spouses. Today, we are recognizing one man who has worked diligently behind the scenes to help Veterans Corner provide services.
Ramiro Rocha, of Norman, has been a volunteer with us for the last seven years. He and his wife, Carolyn, make their home in Norman. Carolyn supports Ramiro in his efforts to improve the lives of our veterans and their families.
Veterans Corner has a board of directors made up of 13 people, which meets the second Friday of each month. At the June meeting, we were privileged to have Wade Crews, from Goodwill Industries of Oklahoma, speak. They have received a grant from the Veterans Administration to provide needed services to many Oklahoma veterans.
The board of directors has agreed to become a partner with their organization to assist the many veterans and their families who are homeless or in need of assistance. Goodwill Industries will provide a transportation van to bring veterans to Goldsby each week.
Other service’s that may be available to veterans include food and clothing, rent and utility payment assistance. Housing and shelter and counseling and health care can be accessed by calling the HEARTLINE at 211. These services are limited to Oklahoma County and some counties surrounding it.
Last week, representatives from the State Highway Department approved the request for an access road on State Highway 9 leading to the future home of Veterans Corner. This will require a 90-foot-long, 24-inch tin horn along with 440 yards of compacted fill dirt to meet specifications.
We have received a bid from BJ Construction Company of Blanchard for the project. Several other bids will be in during the next few days before the building committee makes a decision on a contractor.