NORMAN — One of the most difficult jobs I have is trying to decide on the volunteer of the week. For those of you who have been to Goldsby on a Thursday morning and seen the activity that resembles a bee hive, it is hard to decide who is the busiest.
Today, we are recognizing Terry Tumey, who has been assisting veterans and spouses since 2010. We appreciate he and his wife, Susan, for helping make a difference in the lives of veterans and surviving spouses. Terry served honorably in the United States Army.
Last Thursday morning, we started a new tradition at Veterans Corner by recognizing WW II veterans who were at Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims and questions. I have asked Harold Harvell to provide a military cap and a certificate of appreciation for their service to veterans who served in that war.
Thursday, there were not as many veterans and surviving spouses who made the trip to the Goldsby Community Center for assistance. Only 106 were here when the doors opened at 6:30 a.m.
Of that number, 17 veterans filed their first claims for VA benefits. We used the informal claims form to give veterans a start date for VA payment and then printed the new disability benefits questionnaire to take to their doctor to be filled out. By using these DBQ forms along with a VA form 21-526EZ, many of the veterans will have a decision from VA in Muskogee within a few months.
Shirley and her volunteers helped 15 surviving spouses apply for survivor benefits based on their spouses’ military service.
Joan and the ladies who work in the insurance and accounting area processed five veterans who recently received a rating of 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities.
VA benefits for dependents start when the veteran receives a 30 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities.