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April 30, 2014

Veterans Corner welcomes visitors

NORMAN — We are recognizing an Army veteran as the volunteer of the week who is making a difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

Neil Vickers has been an important part of what we do for the last four years. Neil and his wife, Paulette, make their home in Norman. With her support, Neil has continued to be an important part of Veterans Corner.

I found the best job in town when we founded Veterans Corner. Each week, I meet the men and women who have kept this United States free for the other 99 percent of the population.

If you have not visited the Goldsby Community Center on a Thursday morning at 7, please accept my invitation to do so. The coffee, doughnuts and camaraderie can’t be beat. One visit will make you a believer in what we do. Even the coffee is free.

Last week, John Carter met with Brook Townsend and Janice Yancey from the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Tulsa. They presented a $5,000 check to Veterans Corner.

They also presented several hundred care packages to be distributed to those veterans in need of assistance. I gave most of the care packages to our three van drivers to give to veterans who could benefit the most.

Thursday was good day to be a veteran at Goldsby, with 10 of them receiving a rating of 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities. Many of these men and women were diagnosed with disabilities that were presumptive to military service.

More than 120 veterans and surviving spouses were assisted Thursday morning. Of that number, 14 were women whose husbands’ were deceased. Many of these women should be eligible to receive either DIC or pension benefits from the VA.

For questions on surviving spouse benefits, call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 550-8806.

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