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September 19, 2012

Volunteers attend training session in Oklahoma City

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.

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