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August 21, 2013

Veterans Corner honors volunteer, Norman resident

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NORMAN —

Last week, Veterans Corner was invited to participate in the inaugural Fully Developed Claims Workshop in the Muskogee VA Regional Office. I can honestly say that this was a milestone for volunteers and the veterans who we serve. Twenty-five of our people attended the training that was provided by the VA Director Jason McClellan and his staff.

The VA is moving to a paperless rating system for as many veterans claims as possible. As we become more proficient in filing veterans and surviving spouses claims electronically, the time that it takes for a decision to be made by the VA will be shortened significantly. Currently many claims are taking up to a year, where with the new system we may have a decision in 45 to 90 days.

We also have been using the new VA Disability Questionnaires in conjunction with the 21-526 EZ. If each veteran would enroll in this new system on their computer and then make the trip to Goldsby for assistance in filing, we could make this work very well. Visit ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal for information on registering.

On Friday, Shirley, Don, Marilyn and I participated in another event that is geared to bringing resources together for our military members, veterans and their families.

We were part of Military Resource Speed Sharing sponsored by Veterans’ Families United and the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma.

We were one of 30 organizations that were present at the meeting to share how each of us serve our military communities’ families and veterans. This will give us another avenue that is available to assist those who need assistance.

Each organization was allowed to speak about the services that they provide in the community. We also received information sheets with contact numbers that will be available to those veterans and their families who we assist.

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