If you have questions, Shirley’s number is 361-9322 or mine is 550-8806.
Nineteen veterans filed their first claims for VA benefits. Several of these had just recently returned from their assignments overseas. I encourage all veterans to spend a morning with us talking about the benefits that may be available from VA.
We were able to assist several veterans who received a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities. Jerry Baxter takes care of those who receive this rating, with help from his wife, Joan, Bill and Gracy Taylor, from Asher.
Jerry also takes care of the benevolence fund. Veterans Corner spends thousands of dollars on veterans and surviving spouses each week, with a lot of this going for medical expenses. We also use the benevolence fund to help with rent, transportation, fuel and a multitude of other needs.
Sid Smith has prepared boxes of food and other household items that are available to those who need the service. He can be reached at 593-1990 or he also is available each Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center.
Recently, we have had several veterans who are in wheelchairs request transportation to their VA appointments. To fulfill this need, the benevolence fund was used to purchase a used handicap-accessible van from Reynolds Ford in Norman. I have made an appointment with Sheehy Signs on Monday for the Veterans Corner decals. As soon as it is finished, I will take some pictures for the website.
Clayton Lee, 684-8860, and the other transportation drivers provide rides to veterans to the Oklahoma City VA Hospital for their appointments. If you need a ride or know a veteran who does, call Clayton to set up a driver. For Norman area, call Harold Martin at 227-3239 or Robert Root at 919-3008. For the Moore area, call Howard Robertson at 205-4895.
For all of your questions and assistance about veterans’ benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Our doors open at 7 a.m., and sign-in sheets are available at 5:30 a.m.