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September 11, 2013

Volunteers continue to assist veterans with benefit claims

NORMAN — The volunteer of the week is a lady whose job has been behind the scenes on Thursday mornings. We are proud to have Mary Lynne Simer on our team. She is part of the crew who works in the accounting department helping to keep track of all donations that are made to the benevolence fund. She is a surviving spouse of an Air Force veteran. She has been with us for the last three years doing her part to improve the lives of our veterans and their families.

Before we start this week’s veteran’s news I wanted to share a call I received yesterday from a veteran from Lawton who we had assisted several years ago to receive VA benefits. He told me that he had lost his wife last week who had been disabled for the last 20 years and needed to know how to contact VA to notify them to stop payments for aid and attendance and to remove her as a dependent.

After giving him the information he requested and offering our condolences, he said that he wanted to tell me what had happened several weeks ago. She had asked him to take her to the Goldsby Memorial so that she could see his brick along the Walk of Honor. When they arrived he placed her into the wheelchair and pushed her to his brick along the walk. He said that this was the happiest he had seen her in a very long time and that he wanted to thank us for everything that we did to help him to be able to provide for her.

Every week I receive cards or calls from veterans, their spouses or other family members thanking volunteers for what we have done to help them and their families. If you are a veteran or surviving spouse, stop by any Thursday morning for information about possible VA benefits.

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