NORMAN — This week, I would like to recognize driver Harold Martin. He drives the wheelchair-accessible van, transporting veterans to and from the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City. He is always ready to go that extra mile to help veterans.
This week being Thanksgiving, the rest of the volunteers will be off, but Harold and other drivers still will transport veterans. Harold and his wife, Edith, live in Norman.
We will be closed Thursday and Dec. 26. I hope that each of you will be able to spend time with family and friends during this holiday period.
I received the following letter last week from a lady in Norman. I asked her if I could share it with our readers. She asked me not to use her name because she now lives alone.
“Dear Mr. Graham,
I’m writing to tell you that my favorite veteran passed away Oct. 30. We lived in Norman when we visited Veterans Corner in 2011. Your volunteers assisted him to raise his VA disability from 30 percent to 100 percent that he had drawn for over 50 years. He always felt that he deserved more and you and your staff made it possible. He felt very good to know that his service was appreciated. Thanks to all of you so very much.”
We are at the Goldsby Community Center on Thursdays to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and surviving spouses. Services are free to everyone we assist.
During the past 10 years, we have helped more than 20,000 men and women receive the VA benefits that they are eligible for.
The lady’s story above is repeated many times over each week. I want all of the men and women who served this country in the military and their families to know about the benefits that are available to them. We support any organization that assists veterans and their families.