NORMAN — Volunteer of the week is Carlos Bromlow. He is always ready to take on any task that we ask of him. The last couple of years his main duties have been in the kitchen keeping the coffee and snacks available to all of those who visit us each Thursday. Carlos has been the go-to-guy when we need help setting up worktables or helping to cleanup at the end of the day. Carlos is married to Betty.
There were more than 50 volunteers who made it for the junior service officer training held in Oklahoma City. The training was broken down into two groups advanced and beginners. All of those in attendance were glad to receive an update on some of the changes that the Department of Veterans Affairs. One of the important changes that could impact many veterans is the time period before we can file for a re-evaluation of the veterans service connected disability. We have always been told that the veteran must wait one year from the date stamped on the front of their decision letter. The VA rating officials have told us that there is no longer a waiting period. If you feel that your service connected disability has become more severe since the last rating, stop by and let’s ask for a re-evaluation.
Last Thursday we were able to provide assistance to 134 veterans and surviving spouses. Of this number, there were nine veterans who received a 100 percent rating for their disabilities that occurred or were caused by military service. For those of you who were not retired military and received the 100 percent rating, your dependents might qualify for the Champ-VA medical insurance and the educational benefits. Retired military dependents also might qualify for the educational benefits that are available. For more information, call Jerry or Joan Baxter at 833-0773.
There were six widows who made the trip to visit with Shirley’s crew of ladies about DIC and pension benefits. I encourage all surviving spouses to stop by on Thursday morning or call Shirley for information about possible VA benefits. She can be reached at 361-9322 for questions on surviving spouse benefits.
We were able to process 24 veterans for VA benefits who had never filed a claim for benefits before. I reviewed most of these applications and I’m pleased to say that many of them should be able to receive some type of benefits.
Applications are available each Thursday morning for those who are in need of the benevolence service. We are a 501(C)(3) non- profit for those of you who would like to support our service. Any donations you make to us should be tax deductible. We do not receive any federal, state or United Way aid, the only support we receive is from the men and women who we have helped through the Veterans Corner location
The book, “One Hundred stories from Veterans Corner” has arrived and is on sale for $15. I’m proud to say that one of our own volunteers Dr. Kami Day has published this for us. She recorded thousands of hours of Veterans stories the last three years. You can also purchase the book on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1478151609/ ref=cm_sw_r_fa_alp_yO1uqb07C2E0W. We purchased 500 to be sold at our Corner by Harold Harvell, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips. These men also sell military hats and other items that are used as a fundraiser to help provide the service to veterans and their surviving spouses.
The drivers that are available to transport veterans to their VA appointments are Clayton Lee at 684-8860, Harold Martin at 227-3239, Robert Root at 919-3008 and Howard Roberts at 205-4895.
Here to help
For all of your questions and assistance about veteran’s benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 8 a.m.
Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org.
You also may send donations to Veterans Corner P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK 73093.
You can contact me at 550-8806 or kdgraham@ windstream.net.
Dale K. Graham is service officer for VFW Post 4890.