Each week, we recognize veterans for service to our country who served during World War II or the Korean War. Each of them is given a military cap representing their service. The biggest job we then have is deciding which one of them will be our veteran of the week.
Today, we are proud to recognize Paul Keller, who served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army during the 1950s. Mr. Keller lives in Sulphur.
We set a goal of helping 1,000 veterans to receive a 100 percent rating this year. As of today, 968 have received that rating. We will reach our goal in the next week or so. I just don't know what number we should set for our 2019 goal.
This week, we have several new volunteers who are joining our team that is making a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. We receive all of the decision letters on the veterans and spouses we serve.
If you need a ride to visit us, call our drivers at 550-8806, Ext. 105 or 106. These dedicated volunteers logged almost 80 hours last week transporting 40 veterans more than 1,200 miles.
In the mailbag from the VA this week, we received more 350 pieces of mail, including VA decision letters for 30 veterans who received a rating at 100 percent. These folks will receive $1,207,395 on an annual basis. Sixty-seven veterans were awarded benefits at the rate of 10 to 90 percent and will receive $1,178,670 on an annual basis. Four surviving spouses were awarded benefits and will annually receive $59,450.
If you would like to donate to Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, visit dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org or mail a check to Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, P.O. Box 592, Washington, OK 73093. As a 501-C-3 nonprofit, your gift may be tax deductible. We appreciate your support of our nation's veterans and their families.
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation has food sacks available to those in need. An application for assistance is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A DD-214 or military discharge is necessary to apply. Call 550-8806, Ext. 103, to request a food sack.
Several organizations have services at our location each week.
Legal Aid for veterans is available each Thursday morning. Counselors from the Vet Center will be available each Tuesday and Thursday morning to answer questions about services.
We are available every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the 1268 N. Interstate Drive Norman, OK 73072.
We open the doors by 5:30 a.m., and we begin working as soon as volunteers have computers ready. We stop taking clients at 8 and urge you to arrive as early as possible.
Contact us with any questions by email at email@example.com. For telephone assistance, call 550-8806 to listen to our options. For general information, dial Ext. 101.
For help with surviving spouse benefits, dial Ext. 104, or stop by any Tuesday or Thursday morning. Visit dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org. Semper fi.
As always, thank you to all veterans and their families for their service to this United States of America.
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation is not affiliated with any other organization. Dale K. Graham is a VA accredited claims agent.