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October 23, 2013

Norman resident honored

NORMAN — The volunteer of the week is Barbara Barb. She and her husband, Charlie, make their home in Norman. Barbara has been a volunteer with us for more than four years, where she has made a difference in the lives of veterans and surviving spouses.

COP4x4 is looking for a wounded warrior to build an ability JK or JKU in Las Vegas in a few weeks. If you know of a paralyzed veteran who could benefit from a seat lift, hand controls and a full build and can get to Las Vegas from Nov. 3-8, Rugged Ridge, Coach Lift and the Abilities Center are going to build the veteran a jeep in the parking lot during the three or four days. Contact COP4x4 at cop4x4az.com.

The number of veterans and surviving spouses we assisted last Thursday was 81. I received numerous calls from people wanting to know if we would be open because of the government shutdown. I told them that we don’t get paid anyway, so we would be open as usual.

Some people still think that we charge for our service, which is incorrect. We have never charged anyone anything for assisting them with their VA claims and questions.

Shirley was short a couple of lady volunteers last Thursday but still processed 14 surviving spouses. I was allowed to help one of the ladies from Norman who we had assisted several years ago with her initial DIC claim.

If you have questions about survivor benefits, Shirley can be reached at 361-9322.

Joan and her helpers assisted seven veterans who received a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities. Those who received that rating also will be eligible for the Oklahoma State Tax benefits that the state provides to disabled veterans.

Sixteen veterans filed their first claims for VA benefits. If you served in the military and have not filed a claim for benefits, stop by and visit with one of the volunteers. Most everyone will be eligible to receive some type of benefit from compensation, pension or medical care.

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