NORMAN — The volunteer of the week has been with us from the beginning of Veterans Corner. He was instrumental in helping us define what we are: veterans helping veterans.
I’m very pleased to recognize E. J. Branch as a volunteer who has always been with us, ready and willing to do whatever is needed. When we first started, E. J. was the first one to volunteer to take a veteran to his doctor appointments or to take up a collection to help a veteran or surviving spouse.
E. J. and his wife, Linda, make their home in Lindsay.
Veterans Corner has several aluminum wheelchair ramps with hand rails that can be given to veterans, surviving spouses, churches or senior centers. If you know someone who could benefit from one of these ramps, call me at 550-8806.
Last week, I attended the reinstating of DAV Post 61 in Norman. Post Commander Don Taylor has several ways that they hope to help local veterans.
They have a transportation van that will be based at the Norman Veterans Center to be used to transport veterans in the area to their VA medical appointments They are looking for volunteers to drive the van. The point of contacts for volunteer drivers is Eric Anderson at 456-1540 or Dalmar Ives at 412-0694. If you are interested in joining this organization, contact these veterans.
Post 61 also will set up a table at the annual Golden Corral veterans programs, beginning Nov. 1.
One hundred and sixteen veterans and surviving spouses were assisted with their VA claims and questions last Thursday morning. Of that number, six veterans had recently been approved for a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities.
Shirley and her ladies assisted 14 surviving spouses with claims for DIC and pension benefits and one lady for assistance in filing a radiation claim. Several of the ladies recently were approved for DIC payments of $1,250 per month. The pension for surviving spouses may be payable on their income after deducting all medical expenses.