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May 28, 2014

Resident honored as volunteer of week

NORMAN — The volunteer of the week is Chaplin Billy Prater, who — along with his wife, Alma — make their home in Norman. Prater has been an active volunteer since the beginning of Veterans Corner.

We think that when Billy starts the Thursday morning with one of his prayers to bless all of the veterans and their families, we are off to a good start. It seems to me that he knows how to guide each person to be in the right frame of mind when they see who is going to assist them.

Thanks, Billy and Alma, for supporting veterans and their families.

Each week, people will nominate someone who has made a difference in the lives of a veteran. This week, Larry Schwarzer named Charles Foster as a veteran who had changed his life. We appreciate Schwarzer and Foster for the work they do.

I hope all of you took a moment to visit the graves of your families and of veterans on Memorial Day. All of us have a special place in our hearts for the men and women who have served in the military.

The Goldsby veterans memorial still has a place for your veteran’s brick to be laid along the Walk Of Honor. For information, call Harold Harvell at 596-8755.

Treasurer Jerry Baxter said I need to slow down on the amount of money that we use to assist veterans and their families. It looks like we have been spending several thousand dollars more each week than is being donated to us.

One of the major expenses is medical testing that is needed by veterans for a diagnosis of their conditions. In the last two weeks, we have paid for more than $3,000 for exams. For questions about donations or for assistance, Baxter can be reached at 833-0773. 

Last Thursday, 115 veterans and surviving spouses came to Goldsby for help with their VA claims and questions. Of that number, six veterans received a rating of 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities. Those who receive that rating will be eligible for benefits. A veteran who is rated at 30 percent or more by the VA will be eligible to receive extra for their dependents.

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