The Norman Transcript


November 28, 2012

Veterans are responsible for filing benefit claims

NORMAN — I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. With Veterans Corner closed, most of the volunteers were able to spend time with their families.

I was able to visit with some veterans who will make a trip to Goldsby when they recover from wounds that they received while in Afghanistan. Most of those who are injured in the military do not know where to turn when they are discharged. Many of them think that the VA will just take over where the military left off. When discharged, it is up to the veteran to take over their disabilities and the VA claims process. It is very important to meet with a trained veteran’s service officer to decide what benefits you are entitled to from the Veterans Administration. If you know of someone who was injured in the military, let them know about Veterans Corner.

The Veterans Corner volunteer of the week is Navy veteran Gary Mitchell. Gary arrives first thing every Thursday morning and helps sign everyone in. He also is in charge of trailer detail.

We are helping from 10 to 12 surviving spouses of veterans each Thursday file for VA benefits. If you need this service, call Shirley at 361-9322 or Dale at 550-8806. We have several ladies that specialize in DIC or pension for those ladies who need this assistance.

We have many other volunteers who will assist veterans with their claims for compensation or pension benefits also. I have found that most everyone who served in the military will qualify for some type of benefits. Many will be eligible for compensation for injuries that were incurred while on active duty. Some of those who only served in the National Guard or Reserve also will be eligible to receive VA benefits. With the economy in the condition that it, is many veterans are eligible for VA pension benefits depending on their income, age and medical expenses.

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