Every Thursday from 7:00 am until Noon
Sign-in at 5:30 am
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 about this process contact Mr. Jerry Baxter at (405) 833-0773
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"Veterans Helping Veterans"
Each week a volunteer who has went above and beyond is recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of our veterans and their families. This week Mr. Paul Ketcherside is that volunteer. He has been member of our team for the last 4 years assisting many veterans to receive the VA benefits that they earned while serving in our Military. Paul’s knowledge and can do attitude has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who visited the Goldsby Community Center. He is married to Suzanne who has always supported his passion to help our veterans.
I need a few minutes of your time to write a short note in support of accreditation for myself and what we have done for the veterans and surviving spouses in our community. Without this accreditation I do not know if we will be able to continue our mission of Veterans Helping Veterans. We have waited patiently the last 9 months to be accredited by the VA Office of General Counsel in Washington DC.
The VA accreditation would allow me to better assist the many veterans and surviving spouses. Currently I’m a VFW Post 4890 and District 10 Service Officer only. I passed the VA test for accreditation in November of 2013 and as of today I have not received the required accreditation. Please send as many letters and faxes in support of my VA accreditation to the following today. To continue with Veterans Corner your voices of support must be heard.
Attention: Mr. Y Ken Lee
Deputy Assistant General Counsel
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20420
Fax Number: 202-273-6404
Email Address: email@example.com
Our volunteers have completed the Joint Service Officer Training Seminar presented by the DAV-American Legion-VFW –PVA and the Oklahoma Department Of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, they have also satisfactorily completed the training course for Volunteer Veterans Service Officers. Many of us have participated in this training class for the last seven years. Thank You for supporting what we do for those men and women who need the assistance that we provide.
Last Thursday was another good day for many of the veterans and their families with nine of them who receiving a VA disability rating of 100% for their service connected disabilities. Some of these veterans were injured over fifty years ago while serving in our Armed Forces. To see the tears on the faces of the veterans and their spouses when they realize how that rating will change their lives shows our volunteers that they have made a difference. If it were not for each of the men and women who spend their Thursday morning helping others this would not be possible. As many of you know the veterans who are rated at one hundred percent disabled because of service connected disabilities will receive the Oklahoma State Tax benefits which include reduced auto tags, property tax relief on their primary residence, sales tax exemption, Champ –VA Medical Insurance for their spouse and dependents if they are not covered by Tri Care. Dependent and other VA benefits start when a veteran receives a rating over thirty percent or more. When fifty percent is reached our state provides free hunting and fishing license and reduced auto tags.
There were one hundred and twenty veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted by our volunteers last Thursday morning. Of that number seventeen filed their first claim for VA benefits. Using the new VA system to apply for benefits should shorten the time it takes for a decision on the veterans request for service connection of their disability. Several of these veterans were suffering from what is diagnosed as a TBI (traumatic brain injury) these may occur when the veteran is knocked unconscious. Most of these types of injuries are caused by roadside bombs or other combat related incidents. While we are talking about TBI injuries if you suffered a head injury while in the military you may qualify for VA benefits from the residuals of that injury.
Shirley and her ladies were able to assist fourteen surviving spouses with their claims for DIC or Pension benefits based on their husband’s military service. Most of these ladies will be able to receive some type of VA benefits. Shirley also provides claims assistance to the lady veterans who were sexually assaulted or harassed while in the military. Shirley and I have assisted many ladies in this type of claim. A lady called me yesterday about her mother who had been denied VA pension benefits. After I questioned her about her father’s military service she stated that he had served in Viet Nam while in the Army and that he had died from a heart attack. I told her she may qualify for the DIC based on her father’s exposure to Agent Orange. She will be stopping by next week to visit with Shirley to see if his death can be service connected, if so her mother will receive twelve hundred fifty dollars per month DIC. I encourage everyone who needs to file a VA claim to visit with us or someone who is knowledgeable about VA benefits. The assistance that we provide is free to every person who we assist. For questions about surviving spouse VA benefits Shirley can be reached 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806.
Our benevolence fund continues to provide assistance to those veterans who need a hand up. This last week we purchased plywood to repair the floors on one of our veteran’s mobile home who is receiving VA pension benefits. This veteran was unable to do the work himself, so several of us from Veterans Corner provided the manpower to accomplish this task. We also gave him a couple of electric heaters to provide heat during this cold weather. There are many of our veterans and surviving spouses who could use a little help with projects around their home from time to time. Maybe we could find a few good men and women to assist them. If you’re interested in something like that stop by and talk to Benny Crowe or Jerry Baxter. We were also able to assist five veterans who needed help paying for medical testing that was needed in support of their claim with VA. We provided eight food boxes to veterans and spouses that Sid Smith provided. If you need assistance from our benevolence fund Jerry Baxter at 405-833-0773 is our primary contact.
Our driver Clayton Lee at 405-684-8860 transported twenty four passengers to their VA appointments last week while driving one thousand ninety eight miles. It makes me tired just thinking about driving a thousand miles. Thanks Clayton!
Our Driver Harold Martin at 405 -227 -3239 transported ten veterans to their VA appointments and drove seven hundred and fifty miles. Thanks Harold! Both of our drivers are also available to bring veterans and surviving spouses to Goldsby on Thursday mornings. Last week a lady from Purcell stopped by to volunteer as a driver for one of our vans. When she starts it will help our other drivers to have a van stationed in the Purcell area for those residents who need this service.
John Carter had some Veterans Corner brochures printed up to use when he is meeting with prospective donors for our proposed building. For those of you who would like to help with fundraising John can be reached at 405-202-1999. If you have not made a trip to Goldsby on a Thursday morning to see our proposed building plans please feel free to do so.
The 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. 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. Thanks Sid!
We have three transportation vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. One of these is equipped with a wheelchair lift for our veterans who need this service. Our driver who has been with us the longest is Mr. Clayton Lee of Dibble. He can be reached at 405-684-8860. Our other driver is Howard Martin of Norman and he drives our Wheelchair accessible van and can be reached at 405-227-3239.
For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits we are located at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Our doors open at 7am each Thursday morning and sign in sheets are available at 5:30am. Please be there early for us to help you with your claim. We do our best to process each one in a timely manner but be prepared to stay awhile and please be patient. Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org. We have moved forward with the new technology and are now able to accept donations directly from your credit card. 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. For questions on Widow’s benefits please contact Shirley at 405-361-9322. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Semper Fi!
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"a book everyone must read"
100 Stories from Veterans Corner
by Dr. Kami Day, PhD
Click here to purchase 100 Stories from Veterans Corner for only $20.00 plus shipping from Amazon.com
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 with their VA claims for benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our mission at Veterans Corner is to assist each Veteran, their widows and families every step of the way throughout this process.
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 a Veterans Corner volunteer 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, 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 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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