Our veteran of the week is Russell Miller, of Norman, who served during the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force. We recognized him for his service and presented a military cap depicting his time in the military.

Each week, we are assisting over 300 veterans and surviving spouses. When we first started this organization, I never dreamed that so many needed help to receive the VA benefits that they were eligible for.

We have been reviewing the rating decisions of the veterans and surviving spouses who we have served, looking for the common denominator that showed why they were approved for benefits.

The reason is our evidenced based claims, meaning we submit medical and other types of documentation that supports the veteran's request for service-connection of a new disability or an increased rating on an existing service-connected disability. The one single thing that helps veterans to be approved for benefits is a VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire that is available for most any type of disability that a veteran is diagnosed with.

Volunteers helped over 300 veterans and surviving spouses last Tuesday and Thursday mornings. One Marine veteran I worked with drove 25 hours from Virginia for help with his VA claims. He had served in Vietnam as an enlisted infantry, where he received the Purple Heart for wounds in action. While in the Marines, he became an officer and retired as a major after more than 20 years of military service.

When I asked him why he traveled so far, he said that veterans he knew told him that we were the place to go for help with a VA claim. When I receive his VA rating decisions, I will share them with our readers.

The following rating decisions were received last week on veterans who are represented by us. Twenty-six veterans received a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities. These men and women who served in our military will receive a combined annual amount of $1,034,740. Fifty-four veterans received disability ratings from 10 to 90 percent for their service-connected disabilities. They will receive a combined annual amount of $818,093 per year. Three surviving spouses were approved for DIC, Pension or Aid and Attendance based on their spouse's military service. They will receive an annual combined amount of $47,485 per year.

Our organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations to be able to provide services to the thousands of veterans and their families who need assistance. We accept the donation of cars, trucks, motorcycles or other types of items that can be given to veterans or sold to raise funds. Your donations should be tax deductible. You also can donate at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org or by mail at P.O. Box 592, Washington, OK 73093.

Counselors from the veteran centers are here each session, and a Legal Aid representative is here on Thursdays. We have food baskets available for those who qualify. We look forward to your visit and thank you for trusting us to help you with your VA matters.

We are available every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 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 their computers ready.

Visit dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org for more information. There you will find a section on Frequently Asked Questions. You also may contact us at 550-8806 for information or to schedule transportation.

As always, thank you to all veterans and their families for their service to the United States of America. Semper fi.

Veterans Corner is just south of Norman, two miles west of Interstate 35, Exit 106, on the north side of State Highway 9. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Veterans Corner is a 501(c)(3) organization; all gifts are tax deductible. Donations can be sent to: Veterans Corner; P.O. Box 722160; Norman, OK 73070-8635. All proceeds are used to support veterans and their spouses.

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation is not affiliated with any other organization. Dale K. Graham is a VA accredited claims agent.

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