NORMAN — Each week as I write this column, the most difficult part is deciding who is going to be the volunteer of the week.
Each of the men and women who spend their Thursday mornings helping other veterans or their spouses are special to those they have assisted and to me. Without our volunteers, we could not have assisted the 20,000 or so and their families who have served in the military.
I would like to give those who have been assisted by one of the volunteers the opportunity to nominate that person as the volunteer of the week. Email me at email@example.com with your nominations.
Today, we are recognizing Gordon Wheeler as the volunteer of the week. Wheeler, who served 22 years in the United States Air Force, has been with us since 2005. Gordon and his wife, Bonnie, have made their home in Choctaw since his retirement.
We are hoping that BJ Construction of Blanchard can start the dirt work on the entrance and building site in the next week or so for the Veterans Corner facility.
As we move ahead with this project, I would like to ask those of you in the community who are willing to be a part of the project to please step forward. We will need trade skills for all phases of construction to make this project a reality. We will need help with the following: tractor work, cement building slab, carpenters, electrical, plumbers, heat and air, and painters.
The facility will be between 8,000 to 11,000 square feet and be built on the property that the Reed family donated to Veterans Corner near Western Avenue on State Highway 9. For those of you who would be a part of the project, call me at 550-8806, John Carter at 202-1999, or stop by the Goldsby Community Center any Thursday morning.