NORMAN — Today we are recognizing a Navy veteran who many of you know. He was instrumental in helping make Veterans Corner what it is today. The veteran became a part of the organization when we started assisting veterans at my workshop in Goldsby. He has served on the board of directors, helping us provide assistance to thousands of veterans and surviving spouses in Oklahoma who need VA benefits.
E. J. Branch, of Lindsay, we appreciate your leadership abilities that we have seen over the many years that you have been a volunteer with us. I know the many veterans who you have transported to their VA doctor appointments over the years consider you a true friend.
Recently, we sent letters to those of you who we have helped receive a 100 percent rating asking for your assistance with the building project. You are what makes veterans helping veterans work, and I would like to say thank you. We need a facility where we can provide services more than one day a week to the many veterans and surviving spouses in the community. Navy veteran John Carter, of Norman, is the go-to guy on the building committee. He can be reached at 202-1999 or on any Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Building.
Sid Smith provides food boxes to seven or so families each week. The benevolence fund, operated by Jerry Baxter at 833-0773, provides assistance to veterans and surviving spouses with medical expenses, rents, gas cards and other types of the needs that many in our community do not have the money to pay for. One of the homeless veterans visited with me last Thursday, and he receives $200 a month.
We provided him with several food boxes and rent money in the amount of $500 for the next couple of months. I’m working on his VA claim for service connection of disabilities that were incurred while in the military.