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October 16, 2013

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NORMAN —

Six veterans received ratings of 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities. These men and women were seen Thursday by the ladies who provide assistance with the applications for spouse and dependents Champ VA medical insurance and the life insurance forms. Joan Baxter and Gracy Taylor are the volunteers who take care of all of the veterans and surviving spouses who qualify for these benefits.

Volunteers who assist veterans with their first claims for VA benefits helped 16 veterans Thursday.

The benevolence fund was used to provide meals for veterans, transportation expenses, gas cards, medical testing and other approved expenses. We are in the process of changing guidelines on the amount of income that a person has to receive to be eligible for our services.

Currently, we use the federal poverty guidelines in deciding who may qualify for assistance. We know that there are many things that might be causing a financial hardship requiring assistance to those who are slightly above this level.

If you need assistance, call Jerry Baxter at 833-0773 or visit with us any Thursday morning.

For those who need food items, Sid Smith has some prepared each Thursday.

We have three transportation vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments.

One of these is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Clayton Lee, of Dibble, can be reached at 684-8860. Howard Martin, of Norman, who drives the wheelchair-accessible van, can be reached at 227-3239. Robert Root, of Norman, can be reached at 919-3008.

For all of your questions and assistance about veterans’ benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 7 a.m., and sign-in sheets are available at 5:30 a.m.

You can call me at 550-8806 or email kdgraham@windstream.net.

Semper Fi.

Dale K. Graham is service officer of VFW Post 4890.

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