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May 14, 2014

Stormy weather leads to fewer veterans

NORMAN — The volunteer of the week, Mary Lynn Simer, has been with of us for several years. Her dedication to veterans and their families is deeply appreciated by all of the volunteers.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, volunteers will present a PowerPoint program on veterans’ and surviving spouse VA benefits at the First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster Ave. in Norman.

Stormy weather made for an easy day Thursday at the Goldsby Community Center. Only 78 veterans and surviving spouses were in need of assistance with their VA claims and questions.

For those of you who wonder why so many people make the trip to see us, it is because of volunteers. I have had hundreds of people tell me that they had applied for VA benefits for the last 40 years and they were always denied until they made their first trip Veterans Corner.

Last week, I assisted a veteran who had been denied service connection for a disability that should have been approved by VA. After talking with him a while, he told me that service officers at another location helped him fill out the claims but never told him that he would need evidence to support his claim.

I told him about the new VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire used for diagnosis and the severity of a condition or injury that was caused by or aggravated by military service. Using these new forms in conjunction with the 21-526 EZ and other required forms, many conditions can be rated by the Veterans Administration in Muskogee without going to a VA examination.

The benevolence fund was used to provide medical testing, rent, fuel cards and a host of other needs for veterans and their families. As a 501(c)(3), we are a nonprofit, with your donations being tax free. We also accept donations of cars, trucks and handicapped equipment. Treasurer Jerry Baxter can be reached at 833-0773.

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