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April 17, 2013

Veterans Corner volunteers assist 135 with VA claims

NORMAN — Today we are recognizing a veteran who works behind the scenes, Robert Bovee, the webmaster for the Veterans Corner site. Robert also worked as a volunteer claims writer before his job transferred him to Alabama. All of the members of his family — wife, Stephanie, son, Dylan and daughter, Cassidy — volunteered with us before he and Stephanie were transferred. Robert continues his duties as the webmaster in his new location.

One hundred thirty-five veterans and surviving spouses braved the cold weather last Thursday for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Of this number, 18 filed their first claims for benefits.

I have asked many of our older veterans why they waited so long to file a claim. The most common answer was they either didn’t know about VA benefits or they did not want to ask for help. My answer to all veterans and surviving spouses is to stop by and visit with our volunteers. The Department of Veterans Affairs is here only to provide services for the nation’s veterans, spouses and dependents.

Shirley and her ladies assisted nine surviving spouses with their claims for DIC or pension benefits. They also assisted several in filing for the Aid and Attendance benefit, for those who were in need of this type of help.

Many times veterans or surviving spouses are doing without needed assistance because they do not know help may be available from the VA. If you are a wife of a veteran or a surviving spouse, stop by on Thursday or call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 550-8806.

We also were able to assist 20 veterans who received ratings from 10 percent to 90 percent for their disabilities that were aggravated or caused by military service. Treasurer Jerry Baxter and his helpers assisted seven veterans who recently received a 100 percent rating from VA for their service-connected disabilities.

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