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October 16, 2013

Reed family has donated land

NORMAN — The Bill and Doann Reed Family Trust has given Veterans Corner a piece of property on which we can build the Community Veterans Center. The acreage, on State Highway 9, two miles west of Interstate 35, will give us visibility and an ease of access for visiting veterans.

This past May, we put a call out for veteran support of this building project, and in 10 weeks, veterans had contributed more than $100,000 toward the goal of just more than $2 million. We will immediately begin our fundraising effort in earnest and encourage all of you to help.

If you have questions about the building plans, call John Carter at 202-1999. Contributions can be mailed to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box #704, Washington, OK 73093. Veterans Corner is a 501(c) 3, nonprofit. All our services are free to veterans.

This week, we are recognizing a couple from Minco that has been with us under a year, yet have already made a difference in the lives of many veterans and surviving spouses. Jim and Cookie Bergin, we want to thank you both for being a part of Veterans Corner.

Cookie works with the surviving spouses of veterans, helping them navigate the VA paperwork that is required to obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim works at the front door assisting veterans as they arrive. He also is part of our trailer crew, helping set up the equipment needed each Thursday and then reloading our trailer at the end of business.

Last Thursday morning, more than 100 men and women were helped with their VA claims and questions. Shirley and her crew of ladies provided assistance to 16 surviving spouses. Several of these ladies were widows of Vietnam veterans who died from some of the 15 diseases that are presumptive to exposure to Agent Orange. I suggest that you call Shirley at 361-9322 with any questions you might have.

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