Those who receive that rating will be eligible for all of the state benefits, including reduced car tags, free hunting and fishing licenses, sales tax relief and property tax relief. Their spouse and dependents also will receive the Champ-VA Medical insurance if the veteran is not retired military.
Goldsby Veterans Memorial continues to be an important part of Veterans Corner. Harold Harvell and his helpers, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips, continue to make improvements to the memorial. We are planning to have Johnny Rhoades, of Noble, lay another 33 engraved bricks next week along the Walk of Honor leading up to the memorials. If you have not purchased yours, please see Harold or his helpers.
Last week, I announced that we have helped more than 1,000 veterans receive a rating of 100 percent for their disabilities that were caused or aggravated by military service. This means that volunteers helped veterans receive more than $36 million in VA benefits each year in the state.
Part of this accomplishment was made possible by the volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. The Regional Department of Veterans Affairs office in Muskogee is the other half of our success. Without their can-do attitude and the Oklahoma work ethic, we would not have accomplished these numbers. Many of the claims that we help veterans file in other states will languish for years before any decisions are made by their VA Regional Office.
The benevolence fund spends an average of $2,000 each week to help veterans and surviving spouses with medical expenses, food items, transportation costs and other related household expenses. Sid Smith provides food boxes to those veterans and surviving spouses who need this service.
If you need this service, call Sid at 573-1990 or stop by any Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center.