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September 4, 2013

Norman man named Veteran of The Week

NORMAN — This week we are recognizing one of our drivers, Harold Martin of Norman, as the Veteran of the Week. Harold drives the wheelchair accessible van transporting those veterans who need assistance going to their VA doctor appointments.

Last Thursday there were 120 veterans and surviving spouses who made the trip to Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims and questions.

There were 22 veterans who filed their first claim for benefits. With the new fully developed claims process program we were able to use on some of the claims, it should improve the process time by the VA.

The old system was taking a year or more for the veteran to receive a rating decision. There were eight veterans who received a 100 percent rating for their service connected disabilities. Some of these veterans were injured while in the military while others disabilities were caused by diseases that are presumptive to military service.

There were 23 ladies who were assisted in filing for DIC or pension benefits last week. We all know about the changes that many of us go through while serving in the military from battle to boredom and it does take a lot out of all of us. If you have questions about benefits for surviving spouses or dependents, Shirley can be reached at 361-9322.

The benevolence fund was used to assist several veterans with medical expenses, gas cards, utility expenses, rents and other needs last week.

Each week there will be more people requesting assistance than we are able to accommodate. Jerry Baxter, treasurer, is the go-to-guy for assistance from this fund and he can be reached at 833-0773 or at Goldsby on Thursday mornings.

We have the preliminary drawings of the proposed Veterans Center available for viewing in the lobby of the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. We hope to have this built in the next few years.

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