The Norman Transcript

April 2, 2014

Norman DAR chapter visits Veterans Corner


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Larry Hall, with the blessing of his wife, Sharon, has been making the trip to Goldsby with us since 2006. His dedication to Veterans Corner and the men and women we assist is appreciated by all. Larry is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a Marine helicopter pilot.

Last Thursday, we had visitors from the Daughters of the American Revolution Norman Chapter, Black Beaver. They were Rebecca Sue Hardwick, project patriot committee, along with Christian McCurtain, registrar, and Sara Pool, regent of the Black Bear Chapter. They brought several gift baskets for us to distribute to expectant mothers or families with babies.

Veterans Corner was visited by Janice Booker of the Family Assistance group of the Oklahoma National Guard and Kara Gibson from the 45th IBCT Family Readiness Support.

The Veterans Corner benevolence fund is sometimes used to help families of deployed Oklahoma National Guard members who are facing unexpected expenses. We are very proud to be able to support the families of Guard Members when emergencies happen. As always, applications for assistance are required before any funds are distributed.

The doors are opened at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at the Goldsby Community Center. Sign-in sheets are available about an hour earlier. If you have questions, call me at 550-8806.

We are always being asked to provide information on where a veteran or spouse can find a caregiver to assist them in their daily needs. A veteran in the Yukon area has requested that I help them to find a person to fulfill this job. References will be required from all applicants who are interested in this position. Call Shirley at 361-9322 or me for information.

I appreciate the letters of support that many of you have written to Ken Lee in Washington, D.C., concerning my application for accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are hoping to have a decision on this matter very soon.

New driver Greg Kelsch had an easy week transporting veterans. He had several veterans whose medical appointments were canceled by the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City, which left him with only one veteran to bring to Goldsby. It was a different story for Clayton Lee, who drove 600 miles while transporting 10 veterans. Harold Martin drove 626 miles and transported 11 veterans to their VA medical appointments. Clayton Lee lives near the Dibble area and can be reached at 684-8860. Kelsh lives in the Newcastle area and can be reached at 255-2208. Martin lives in Norman and can be reached at 227-3239.

The benevolence fund was used to assist 10 veterans and surviving spouses with medical testing, gas cards, rent, utilities and other expenses last week. Treasurer Jerry Baxter said we spent $3,000 that was donated to us last week.

This last week, a Navy veterans from Lexington donated a 1998 Ford van to Veterans Corner. When a person makes this type of donation, they will receive a receipt that may be used on their income taxes. When we receive vehicles or handicapped items, we either give them to veterans or sell them and use the proceeds to support our programs.

Take time to visit veteranscorner.org. We are a 501(C)(3), where your donations should be tax deductible. Donations for the benevolence fund may be sent to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK, 73093. Donations for the building fund may be sent to Veterans Corner, c/o Dale Graham, P.O. Box, 722160 Norman, OK 73070.

Semper Fi.

Dale K. Graham can be reached via email at kdgraham@windstream.net.

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