The Norman Transcript


May 7, 2014

Volunteers assist 125 with Veterans Affairs claims

NORMAN — Volunteer of the week Mike Flournoy served in the United States Air Force for 26 years. He has been with Veterans Corner for the past two years, where he is making a name for himself as an I.T. specialist.

He is part of the team that keeps the computers and printers operating. He drives from Moore each Thursday morning, arriving early to assist in setting up our Wi-Fi, routers and printers.

Last week, 125 men and women traveled to Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims and questions.

Last week, one volunteer was visiting with a veteran while shopping at the Crest store in Norman. When he asked him if he had been to Goldsby, the veteran told him no, that he could not afford to see us.

Someone from another veteran’s organization had told him we charged $1,000 to help people. We do not charge anyone for anything we do. Every service volunteers provide is free, including rides to and from their VA appointments in Veterans Corner vans.

Nine men and women received VA ratings of 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities that occurred or were caused by military service. Those who received that rating will be eligible for Oklahoma benefits that were approved several years ago.

Eighteen veterans stopped by to file their first claims for VA benefits. Many World War II and Korean veterans are just now filing for VA benefits, based on the injuries that occurred in those wars. The most common injury that occurred to them was hearing loss and tinnitus caused by gunfire, artillery, aircraft engines or many other types of acoustic trauma.

Shirley, along with her crew of ladies, assisted 15 surviving spouses in filing for DIC or pension benefits based on their spouses military service. One lady’s husband served in Vietnam and then died from a heart condition in the ’70s. No one had ever told her that his cause of death was presumptive to exposure to Agent Orange, which was used extensively in that country.

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