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July 16, 2014

Readers invited to visit construction site of new veterans center

NORMAN — Karen Yancey is the Veterans Corner volunteer of the week. She assists veterans’ surviving spouses. She and her husband, George, make their home in Newcastle. When we are able to build our Veterans Corner facility, Karen can work a little closer to home.

Our readers can visit the construction site just west of Western on State Highway 9 West. I will be there for part of every construction day. BJ’s Construction of Blanchard has started the dirt work to install the 97-foot-long tin horn.

The size of our new home will be determined by the amount of money our veterans donate for the veterans center.

We will need all types of interior construction materials once we have our building. Specify Building Fund or Benevolence Fund when making a donation.

Last Thursday at the Goldsby Community Center, 135 veterans and surviving spouses came who had never filed claims before. For information on surviving spouse benefits, Shirley can be reached at 361-9322 or any Thursday morning at Goldsby.

Our Benevolence Fund was used to assist veterans and spouses with rent, food boxes, utilities, gas cards, medical testing and a host of other needs.

I appreciate donations residents make to enable us to help those in our community. Yesterday, a surviving spouse called me asking for us to help pay to have her septic tank cleaned out.

All donated funds help veterans and their families. We also accept cars, trucks, handicap equipment and other items. Treasurer Jerry Baxter can be reached at 833-0773

I’m proud of the ladies who are here each Thursday morning to assist the surviving spouses of veterans. With the increase in the number of females in the military, I look for an increase in the number of husbands who will be filing.

Last week, I visited with several veterans and staff members at our Norman Oklahoma State Veterans Center. Many veterans residing there could be living there free if they had a VA disability rating of 70 percent or more.

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