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June 25, 2014

Riggins named volunteer of the week

NORMAN — This week we are proud to say Keith Riggins is the volunteer of the week.

Keith and his wife Aegeda make their home in Moore. He a veteran of the US Army has been a volunteer with us for three years. Keith knows firsthand the difference a knowledgeable veterans service officer can make when applying for VA benefits.

It seems like I always have a story about the men and women who make their way to Goldsby on a Thursday morning. There were six men who served during World War II who were here to file their first claim for VA benefits. I did not realize we had that many of heroes here until after we were finished. Next week I plan to recognize those who served during that war. Those men were in their 80s and 90s and just now applying for VA benefits. I encourage all of the men and women who served in our military to stop by to find out what they may be eligible to receive. One of the more important benefits for those who receive a 70 percent rating for their service connected disabilities is any of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Centers should be free for them.

This past weekend the Sam’s store in Norman allowed us to operate a fundraiser to help more veterans. We put our 1953 GMC fire truck by the front entrance and placed the pickup and one of the transportation vans near the street.

We operated two tables where we passed out Veterans Corner cards and brochures that provided information on what we do and the services we provide. While there we were able to file informal claims for 15 veterans.

We have a go ahead on the dirt work and installation of the culverts leading into the future Veterans Corner facility. BJ Construction of Blanchard entered the lowest bid for this project. We are hopeful that they will have it finished in the next few weeks.

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