The Norman Transcript

October 23, 2013

Norman resident honored

The Norman Transcript

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

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.

Jerry Baxter continues to keep us in the black with the benevolence fund monies that we use to assist those veterans and surviving spouses in the community. We helped one lady prepare for winter by filling her propane tank that is used to heat her home.

If you would like to help us to provide services, call Jerry Baxter at 533-0773. We are a 501(C )(3) nonprofit where your donations are tax deductible. As always, we accept automobiles, handicap equipment and other items that can be given to veterans, surviving spouses or sold to raise funds to support our mission.

John Carter is not letting any grass grow under his feet as he works every day, trying to make our Veterans Corner building happen.

Carter is a retired Navy pilot who joined us several years ago to do his part in helping fellow veterans and their families. John can be reached at 202-1999 for any questions you have on our future plans.

Sid Smith has food boxes prepared each Thursday for anyone who needs this assistance. He has been doing this job since we started the benevolence fund, and we appreciate his knowledge and ability to provide this service to Veterans Corner.

We have three vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. Clayton Lee, of Dibble, can be reached at 684-8860. Howard Martin, of Norman, drives the wheelchair-accessible van and 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 may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK, 73093. You can call me at 550-8806 or email

Semper Fi.

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