Our veteran of the week is Mr. Ramiro Roca, who served in the United States Army for 13 ½ years. He has been a volunteer alongside me since 2005. Thank you for your many years of service to our country and to our fellow veterans.

To those of you who answered our annual newsletter with a donation, I can't thank you enough. Between your giving and those who give monthly, we will be able to continue our mission to improve the lives of veterans and their families.

Another way we raise funds is through our automobile donation program, where we accept cars, trucks, motorcycles or other vehicles that can be given to veterans or sold to raise funds to assist them. As a 501(c)(3), your donations should be tax deductible. We also accept handicapped items such as wheelchairs, scooters, lift chairs or other items that can be given to veterans and their families.

As veterans, if we don't help each other, no one else will. There will not be anyone knocking on your door to tell veterans you are eligible to receive VA benefits. Veterans tell me every day that they never knew they might qualify for benefits before coming to see us.

Most of the veterans who visit us are on a fixed income. That cost of living index added to Social Security, and other types of programs have not kept up with inflation. When I retired 16 years ago, I thought we would live out our years financially independent.

Needless to say, that was before a new truck cost $50,000 or more. It seems like everything costs more today. I have been trying to improve the lives of veterans and their families for many years by helping them receive VA benefits for which they are eligible.

Another form of help is free medications and health care available to those who achieve a certain level a service-connected disability. I have veterans who tell me without VA health care for themselves and the Champ VA medical insurance for their spouses, they would go broke.

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 veterans center will be available each Tuesday and Thursday morning to answer questions about their services.

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

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 a.m. and urge you to arrive as early as possible.

Contact us with any questions by email at dale@dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org. For phone assistance, call 550-8806 to listen to our options. For general information, dial Ext. 101. To schedule transportation, dial Ext. 105 or 106.

For help with surviving spouse benefits, dial Ext. 104, or stop by any Tuesday or Thursday morning. Visit dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org. Semper fi.

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.