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The Goldsby Community Center is located at 122 E. Center Rd., Goldsby, Oklahoma 73093
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We have moved forward with new technology and are now able to accept donations directly from your credit/debit card or even through an automatic bank draft. If you would like to be a Veterans Corner sponsor we are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your contribution should be tax deductible. We are able to assist Veterans, their families, and widows in our community who are in need through the donations we receive from the kindness and generosity from people like you.
You may also send contributions to:
P.O. Box 704
Washington, Oklahoma 73093
For more information contact Mr. Jerry Baxter at (405) 833-0773
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"Veterans Helping Veterans"
Veteran’s Corner volunteer of the week is a familiar face to many of you in our community. We are very proud to have Mr. Jack Poe of Moore on our team of volunteers at Veteran’s Corner. Jack served with the Oklahoma City police department as their Chaplain and with the Oklahoma National Guard in the same position. We appreciate the knowledge and leadership that Jacks brings to our organization as a volunteer. Jack and his wife Phyllis support the men and women who have served our country in the military and their family members. Thanks Jack and Phyllis for being a part of Veterans Helping Veterans at Veterans Corner.
Last Thursday we were missing a few of our volunteers because of illness and vacations. We were able to assist one hundred and thirty eight veterans and surviving spouses with their VA claims for benefits. There were fifteen or so others who arrived later in the morning who we asked to return next Thursday. We were able to assist twenty two veterans to file their first claim for VA benefits they ranged in age from twenty two up to ninety one. I just wish that someone would have been able to have helped them to receive the VA benefits that they were eligible for fifty years ago. The VA does not come to you it is up to our veterans and surviving spouses to file for their VA benefits. If a veteran is approved for benefits the start date for their compensation is the month after they file their claim. Most of the veterans and surviving spouses tell me that their lives were changed for the better after coming to Goldsby for assistance with their VA claims. Our ladies who assist the surviving spouses of veterans were able to process eleven of them for DIC or Pension benefits. The ladies who volunteer with us to assist surviving spouses are a very important part of who we are and what we do. Their knowledge and compassion for the surviving spouses has enabled thousands of them to receive VA benefits. Every week I receive calls or E-mails from ladies wanting to know if they are eligible to receive VA benefits. I encourage all of them to stop by with the veterans DD-214 Discharge and a Death Certificate for our ladies to review. Shirley will be back to work this Thursday after taking a few weeks off. She can be reached at 405-361-9322 or visit with her most any Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center.
Joan and Gracy were able to assist five veterans who received a rating of one hundred percent for their service connected disabilities. These veterans will be eligible to receive the Oklahoma State Tax benefits. They also assisted three surviving spouses to apply for the Champ-VA medical insurance, reduced car tag and their Oklahoma sales tax exemption. As I have said before our state takes care of the men and women who have served our country in the military much better than most other states do.
We are continuing to work on our property west of Interstate 35 on Highway 9 west. We are trying to have our blueprints finished to take to Newcastle for building permits. If you are an architect and would like to assist us with that part of our project please call Dale at 405-550-8806. We are going to build a 100x80 foot red iron bolt up building. It will have twelve foot walls with a twelve foot overhang running the entire length. I have been talking to concrete contractors about the cost of pouring the floor for this building. Maybe we have some veterans who are in the concrete business who would help us with that part. Veteran’s Corner is a 501 C-3 non- profit which means your donation should be tax deductible. If you have questions or would like to help us please call John Carter at 405-202-1999 or Dale Graham at 405-550-8806. For those of you who would like to contribute to our building fund Jerry Baxter can be reached at 405-833-0773.
While visiting with a young couple over the weekend about VA benefits I asked if either of them had been injured while in the military. I then asked if either of them had been assaulted to which the young lady said yes. I advised her to make a trip to Goldsby Thursday morning to visit with one of the lady volunteers we have assisting veterans. We are working a very high number of lady veterans who had some bad experiences while serving in our military. Most of the female and male veterans who have been sexually assaulted will be able to receive a PTSD rating. The men and women I have met in the last ten years who have come forward can probably receive VA compensation for that disability. When it comes to PTSD I always encourage every veteran to consider making a trip to the OKC VA Hospital Mental Health Facility or going to the Ok City Vet Center to discuss their options. What little I know about that disability is when I returned from Vietnam I knew that a lot of us had changed but I did not understand why we felt like we did. Twenty five years after being discharged I went to the Vet Center to learn more about PTSD and what it had done too many of us. I would have probably started assisting veterans sooner if I would have gone through their programs as soon as I returned home from that war. I guess that is some of that hindsight that we get at our age.
We have had to make a change in our procedure when a veteran asks us for assistance in paying for medical testing and treatment. Our benevolence fund has been spending more than what our veterans are donating to us. Everyone will be required to fill out an application for assistance before we can help them with any type of financial aid. Many of the people who we help to receive VA benefits are not willing to pay it forward to help the next person. If the people who we spend money on would pay it forward when they receive their ratings we would not be making changes that will affect what we do for tomorrow’s veterans and spouses.
Jerry Baxter, our treasurer continues to keep our benevolence fund up and running. Having two Capitol fundraisers going on at the same time is tough on Jerry. Last week was a busy one Jerry as he was writing checks to pay for the many expenses that we have each week to keep the doors open at Veterans Corner. We appreciate your donations either for the Benevolence Fund or the Building fund.
Our four transportation vans we use daily to take veterans to their VA appointments have been on the road a lot this past week. Our drivers were busy transporting a total of 16 passengers to and from their VA medical appointments. Clayton Lee (405-684-8860) transported 7 veterans while driving 416 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 6 veterans while driving 820 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 165 miles with three passengers. My hat goes off to these men and their families for supporting this project.
One most common disabilities we are seeing are those related to Agent Orange and Gulf War Illnesses. If you know of anyone who may have been exposed to Agent Orange please encourage them to sign up for the Agent Orange Registry and exam that the Oklahoma City VA hospital provides. There are fifteen or so diseases that are presumptive to exposure to that chemical. I personally believe that the Agent Orange has killed more of our veterans than were killed in Vietnam. If anyone has the numbers on this I would like to have them. Many of you who served in the first Gulf War are also paying a high price in the terms of your health from the chemicals that you were exposed to while serving in the military. The OKC VA Hospital also has a Gulf War Registry and exam that I encourage you to apply for also. We have this application available for everyone who served in that theater of war. Some veterans mostly during the Korean War suffered from cold injuries including frozen or frostbitten extremities. These veterans may be eligible for VA benefits based on the severity of these injuries.
There was water contamination that occurred at Camp Lejuene Marine Base in North Carolina. If you or your family members were there 1954-1984, you were exposed to chemicals in the water system. There are fourteen types of cancers that may be presumptive to the men and women who served there. For those family members who are ill from those chemicals VA should provide medical care. We have started filing claims for compensation for some veterans who were stationed there.
The Goldsby Veterans Memorial is filled with bricks with veterans names along the Walk of Honor. If you would like to purchase a brick for the veteran in your life please stop by on Thursday to get one in the works. Harold Harvell, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips are available each Thursday to assist you with the purchase of your Brick, Military Hat or one of our One Hundred Stories from Veterans Corner books written by Dr. Kami Day. Harold can be reached at 405-596-8755 anytime or at Goldsby on Thursday mornings.
For those who need food items Sid Smith has food boxes prepared each Thursday for anyone who needs this assistance. Last week we gave out 7 boxes to families who needed them. Sid has been doing this job since we started our Benevolence fund and we do appreciate his knowledge and ability to provide this service to Veterans Corner.
For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits contact Dale Graham at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 7am each Thursday morning. Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org. If you would like to be a Veterans Corner sponsor we are a 501(C) (3) where your donations should be tax deductible. We are a non-profit that helps the veterans and widows in our community. Donations for the Benevolence fund may be sent to Veterans Corner P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK 73093. Donations for the Building Fund may be sent to Veterans Corner C/O Dale Graham PO Box 722160 Norman, OK 73070. You can contact me at 405-550-8806 or email@example.com Semper Fi!
Dale K. Graham
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"a book everyone must read"
100 Stories from Veterans Corner
by Dr. Kami Day, PhD
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This book will bring you to tears. It will help help you understand and give empathy to those you know that have been in the past and current Wars our country was/is involved in. I know these stories are all true because I know of the wonderful organization Veteran's Corner and where it all started. Be kind to those on the streets that stand out on the curb begging for money. Who cares how it will be spent just know that you may give someone else another day on this earth. It could be a family member that cannot survive in the social world. It could be your brother, sister or son. It could be a veteran that fought for our country and now cannot function in the real world. God Bless our Veterans.
Every story in this book came from a veteran who made the trip to Goldsby for help with their VA claims and questions.
Veterans Corner is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that assists Veterans in many ways. Our mission at Veterans Corner is to assist each Veteran, their widows and families every step of the way. Dale Graham, an accredited VA agent can assist you with your claim for VA benefits.
What do I need to bring with me to my first visit? Click here to find out. If there are any other documents you need Mr. Dale Graham will let you know.
Having the required documents will help expedite your claim. Although the Muskogee Regional Office does a great job processing the claims, providing the needed documentation up front really speeds up the process.
Dale Graham, accredited VA claims agent and founder of Veteran's Corner, and his team of volunteers meet every Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center from 7:00 am til 12:00 pm (Noon). Be sure to get there early (5:30 am) to reserve a spot in line. We assist Veterans, their families and widows with many needs and usually stop when we reach 120 or so.
The Goldsby Community Center
122 E. Center Rd.
Goldsby, Oklahoma 73093
From Interstate I-35 take exit 104. Go south on Hwy 74 until you pass Marcum's Nursery and Libby's Cafe. Go east on E. Center Rd. just past Libby's Cafe. We are on the south side of the road right behind the Goldsby Town Hall Building and the Fire Station.
See you on Thursday!
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