Today, we recognize Mr. Allan Ballinger as our veteran of the week. He served honorably in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. One of the most rewarding things we do each Tuesday and Thursday mornings is recognize the men and women who served during World War II and the Korean War. Each one of them is introduced to our visitors and presented with a cap representing their military service.

If you have not received our annual newsletter, call Lora Malone at 550-8806 and request one. Almost 22,000 newsletters were mailed out to veterans and surviving spouses we have assisted.

We write this newsletter each year as a way to communicate with the men and women we serve. We want veterans to keep informed about any changes the VA makes and to think about re-evaluating disabilities that have become more severe.

Recently, we updated our website to make it more user-friendly, improved convenience, and it contains more information. Please review the changes. We'd love to hear your comments and questions.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Norman is gathering items for Norman Veterans Center residents:

Socks (crew style, white and black)

Lap blankets or quilts

Toiletries (shaving cream and razors, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)

Checkers, checkerboards, dominoes and playing cards

New winter wear: scarves, hats, gloves, slipper socks

New clothing: shirts, sweatshirts, T-shirts

We have been collecting items to help with this effort and are happy to deliver any items you'd like to drop off.

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 this type of assistance will be available 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.

If you need a ride to and from a VA medical appointment, contact 550-8806 to reach Clayton at Ext. 105 or Louie at Ext. 106.

We are available every Tuesday and Thursday at the 1268 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. We open the doors by 5:30 a.m. and begin working as soon as volunteers have computers ready. We stop taking clients at 8 and urge you to arrive early. Contact us with any questions by email at dale@dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org.

For telephone assistance, call 550-8806 to listen to our options. For general information dial Ext. 101. To schedule transportation, dial Extension 105 or 106. For help with surviving spouse benefits, dial Exte. 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.