NORMAN — Each week, we recognize one of the men or women who spend their Thursday mornings at Goldsby assisting other veterans or surviving spouses file for VA benefits.
The volunteer of the week is Art Sipes, who has been with Veterans Corner since 2012. Art and his wife, Karra, make their home in Choctaw, and he drives up each Thursday to help veterans.
Last Thursday, I had a different type of experience. Well more than 100 veterans and spouses were at the Goldsby Community Center when a very big man began to hug me and say that we had helped change his family’s life when he was approved for VA benefits. As many of you know, I’m not a person who is comfortable in that position.
I remember when I was a small child and our family would visit our aunts and uncles, I would hide to keep from being hugged by them. It brought back many memories that I had forgotten. I’m glad that the veteran received the VA benefits from the injuries that he sustained in Vietnam and am thankful we were able to help him.
One of the volunteers met a young Marine and his wife at her church last week who need assistance. They have only been married a short time and need a car or truck that would make the trip to their first duty station in North Carolina in a few months. If you have a vehicle that could be donated to Veterans Corner, we will give it to them and give you a tax deductible receipt.
On another note, we are continuing to see veterans who are having depression and anxiety problems because of PTSD symptoms, sexual assaults or hazing incidents that occurred while they were in the military. Those suffering can be any age from 18 to 90.