The Norman Transcript


July 3, 2013

Veterans Corner to be closed Thursday for Fourth of July

NORMAN — Veterans Corner will be closed Thursday for Independence Day. Please make your plans to visit with us July 11.

The volunteer of the week is Howard Robertson, of Moore. He volunteers his time and vehicle to transport veterans to the Oklahoma City VA hospital for their doctor appointments. Howard is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Merchant Marines. He is married to Kay, who supports him in his efforts.

Each week, I receive calls and letters from veterans or their surviving spouses requesting assistance with their VA claims. This week, it was a little different. I heard from veteran George L. George, who is living at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Norman. He asked me to write about some of the men and women who make their home at the center. He said one of his friends there, Michael Varnell, was a well-known chef who had been recognized for many awards in that industry. I have a list of these awards, but if I print it, we would not have room for our Veterans Corner stories.

This got me to thinking about the many veterans who make their home at one of the Oklahoma State Veterans Centers. All of the men and women in these centers are veterans who served the country. I’m proud that the state has these facilities for us to go where we can be with military brothers and sisters. Maybe we need to spend a little more time with those who have given so much. I know that it means a lot when visitors stop by to those who are not able to come and go as most of us are able to. Maybe we can learn from those who have given so much of their lives to our great nation.

Last week, 114 veterans and surviving spouses made the drive to Goldsby. Of this number, four veterans received a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities.

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