NORMAN — Each week, we recognize a volunteer who is making a difference in the lives of veterans and surviving spouses in the area. This week’s volunteer has been making the trip each week to Goldsby for the last five years.
I’m proud to say that Al Ingle is the IT person and was instrumental in setting up the computers and printers to use Wi-Fi for printing needs. Al and his wife make their home in Norman.
Last Friday night while at my grandson’s T-ball game, I had the privilege to meet twin brothers who enlisted together in the Marines in 1951. They were sent to Korea with the 4th Marine Division as 0300 Infantry, where one of them was wounded in action three times.
Neither of these men had ever filed a claim with VA for benefits. I invited both of them to my place on Saturday, along with several other combat Marines who served in Vietnam.
After visiting with us, they asked me to file a VA claim for benefits. I sent an informal claim in for both of them to set a start date. I also ordered their military records from the National Personnel Center in St. Louis.
We also will probably ask them to see their doctors to have a VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire filled out before submitting their Fully Developed Claim for VA benefits.
Last week, volunteers assisted 112 men and women. Of this number, Shirley and her crew of ladies helped 14 surviving spouses of veterans. Some of these ladies were applying for financial assistance for unexpected expenses, while others were inquiring into the possibility of receiving VA benefits. Shirley can be seen any Thursday morning, or call her at 361-9322.
Six veterans — both men and women — received VA ratings of 100 percent for their injuries that occurred in the military or were presumptive to military service.