NORMAN — Our volunteer of the week is Judy Green of Tuttle. Judy is the surviving spouse of one of our Vietnam veterans, Joseph Green, who worked with us after his retirement. Judy started assisting the ladies who take care of all of the women who make the trip to Goldsby each Thursday.
There were 153 veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted with their VA claims and questions last Thursday. Of that number, there were nine who were recently awarded a rating of 100 percent for their service connected disabilities. As most of you know, these men will be eligible for our Oklahoma State benefits that are available for this group of veterans.
Shirley’s crew of ladies processed 14 surviving spouses for DIC or pension benefits based on their husband’s military service. Those ladies who receive the DIC benefits also will be eligible for some state benefits. If you are a surviving spouse or know someone who is that might need assistance, call Shirley at 361-9322 or me at 550-8806.
We are able to help 26 veterans to file their first claim for VA benefits. There were 15 veterans who were approved for VA compensation ranging from 10 percent up to 90 percent.
For those of you who have not ordered a brick for your veteran, I encourage you to consider one. Harold Harvell, along with our brick layer, Johnny Rhodes of Noble, has laid more than 1,000 bricks along and around the walk leading up to the memorials. Harold can be reached at 596-8755 or he and his helpers, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips, are available most every Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center.
The benevolence fund was used to help several families with medical expenses, deposits, food items, gas cards and several types of handicap equipment. If you need assistance from Sid Smith, call 573-1990 or visit with him Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center.
John Carter is working on a plan to build a Veterans Corner facility. He hopes to have a presentation in the near future that we can present. As this plan progresses, I will keep everyone informed of the status. We have asked treasurer Jerry Baxter to start a separate fund for the building. When you send a donation to Veterans Corner, specify if you are giving to the benevolence fund or the building fund.
Clayton Lee, 684-8860, and our 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 the 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 veteran’s benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Our doors open at 7 a.m. each Thursday. Take time to visit www.veteranscorner.org. You may also send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK 73093.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dale K. Graham is service officer of VFW Post 4890.