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 contact Mr. Jerry Baxter at (405) 833-0773
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"Veterans Helping Veterans"
We are recognizing Doris Merrill of Moore as our volunteer of the week. She is the surviving spouse of Leslie Merrill an Army veteran who served on the front lines during the Korean War. Doris has found her calling at Veterans Corner where she assists other surviving spouses to receive their VA benefits. She says it is very gratifying to be a part of what we do each Thursday for each veteran and surviving spouse. All of us are very proud of Doris for helping to make a difference in the lives of those who served our country. Thanks Doris for making a difference!
Our Veterans Outreach Coordinator Mr. Alfred Hollis has scheduled a program at Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany Saturday March 7th from 9am thru 1pm. Shirley Clark Cowdin will speak on surviving spouse benefits and Dale Graham will be speaking about benefits for veterans. Alfred has scheduled ten volunteers to be present to work claims for both veterans and surviving spouses. He encourages those who would like to file for VA benefits to bring a DD 214 discharge or proof of service. As always our services are free to all.
Since becoming an Accredited Claims Agent I receive a copy of the decisions of all veterans and surviving spouse claims that we represent. During the last five days the VA has sent me more than thirty decisions it has made on Veterans and Spouse Claims during the last week of February. More than ninety percent were approved with ten of the veterans receiving a one hundred percent rating for their service connected disabilities. Those who received a small rating percentage are encouraged to return to see us for a follow up visit. For those whose claims were denied I have always encouraged both veterans and surviving spouse to make a return visit if they receive a denial. Over the years we have found that many denials can be reversed with the proper evidence. This goes for veterans and surviving spouses.
Lately I have had several veterans who were denied VA benefits and then they wanted to file a notice of disagreement or an appeal of a VA decision. I discourage going either of these ways before exploring all options the veteran or surviving spouse has in having their case approved. When a claim goes to the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington DC it may take up to five years for a decision. It is much easier to provide the evidence that is needed to prove a claim to the VA Regional Office. When the VA initiated the Fully Developed Claims process a few years ago it was a major improvement in the way veterans and surviving spouse’s claims are processed. The Disability Benefits Questionnaires that can be used for a diagnosis and show the severity of a condition has been a game changer for our veterans. When a veteran has a condition that should be service connected and was denied, I encourage them to take the Disability Benefits Questionnaire to their doctor to be filled out. When they return with it I then the VA to reconsider use its denial based on new evidence from the DBQ. If the claim is denied again we then for a DRO (Decision Review Officer) review of the veteran’s claims folder. If this also fails then we will go the Notice of Disagreement. At Veteran’s Corner only about one out of every five hundred cases will be sent to Washington DC. Of those we have sent there I don’t know of any that were lost. I do know that those who we did send up there none were settled in less than three years.
As many of you know our Veterans Corner building plans have been approved by the City of Newcastle. Gary and Danny Medlin will be able to start digging the footing as soon as the weather permits. The Veteran’s Corner Building Committee is in search of a construction superintendent to oversee all phases of our building project. Ideally we would prefer a volunteer who is retired from this type of work. For more information please contact Dale Graham at 405-550-8806. I have been listing some of the items that we need us as we move forward with the construction of this building. I’m sure that some of our readers will have some of the materials that will be needed. As of today we need nine hundred and eighty twenty foot sticks of number four (1/2) Rebar for the floor. If you know anyone who could help us some please give us a call or if you would like to purchase some for us we can transport it. We also need plastic pipe for our drains in the floor and PEX PVC pipe for the waterlines in the building. We are also looking for a thousand gallon septic tank along with the pipe for it. Last week I sent an email to George Smith of Johnson Controls /York Ok City Branch to request assistance with the Heating and Air that will be needed at our building. Maybe they will be able to help with this project. For those of you who may know businesses or people who would support us with the building supplies for this project please feel free to contact Harold Harvell at 405 596-8755 or John Carter at 405-202-1999. Veteran’s Corner has two funds at the current time one is our Building Fund and the other is our Benevolence Fund. Please specify which one you would like to have your
Last Thursday when I arrived at the Goldsby Community Center there were one hundred and twenty five people waiting for the doors to open. Of those there were eight veterans who received a VA disability rating of one hundred percent. These veterans, both men and women will be eligible to receive all of the Oklahoma State benefits that our Governor and legislature authorized. Personally I’m very proud to be in a state that recognizes what our military veterans and their families have done. For those of you who have a rating of over fifty percent the State benefits start with free Fishing and Hunting Licenses. The sixty percent VA rating allows two auto tags at reduced rates. Veterans who are rated at one hundred percent are eligible for the sales tax card and the exemption of property taxes on their home.
There were twenty-one veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits Thursday morning. Most of these used the informal claim process to establish a start date claim for benefits. They have one year from that start date to file a Fully Developed Claim to be eligible for use that date as the start date. When veterans file the informal claim we will print off the Disability Benefit Questionnaire they will need to prove their request for service connection of each disability.
Shirley along with our ladies processed fifteen surviving spouses for VA benefits based on their husband’s military service. Some of these ladies will be eligible for DIC or Pension benefits. Those who are approved for DIC will receive from twelve hundred fifty dollars to fourteen hundred fifty dollars each month. The pension is based on the surviving spouse income and the amount of money spent on medical expenses. I always encourage all surviving spouses to stop by and visit with our ladies about possible VA benefits. One of the things that we are seeing is the increased number of surviving spouses who are having their husband’s Death Certificate Amended. The reason they are doing this is that many times the attending physician is not aware of the service connected secondary conditions that may have contribute to their death. For those of you who may have been denied VA surviving spouse benefits please stop in to talk to Shirley or one of our other ladies about re-opening your claim for DIC benefits. Shirley can be reached at 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806
Our benevolence fund has proven to be a very important part of what we do at Veteran’s Corner. Each week we use funds to assist many veterans and surviving spouses with their unmet needs. This could be rents, fuel, car repair, medical testing, utilities, or any of the many needs that all of us have. We have an application process that is required for everyone who requests assistance. When an applicant meets all of the criteria set forth it takes two people on our board to approve any request. Jerry Baxter, our treasurer is the man who keeps this fund operating in the black. For questions Jerry can be reached at 405-833-0773 or visit with him on any Thursday morning at Goldsby. As a 501 (c) (3) your donations to veterans corner are tax deductible. We accept the donations of cars, trucks, RVs and Handicapped equipment that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds.
Alfred Hollis, our Outreach Coordinator for Veteran’s Corner can be contacted to have Veteran’s Corner volunteers come to your church or civic organization to give claims assistance. Alfred can be reached at 405-250-6304.
Jimmy Flowers is in charge of the operation of our Food Pantry. Our food pantry has boxes made up and available at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday morning for families who need them. Jim can be reached at 405-691-3878.
If you or someone you know needs a ride to VA medical appointments or to Goldsby on Thursdays please contact Greg Kelsch at 405-255-2208, Fred Zaker at 405-447-2482, Richard Judd 5405-573-0926, or Clayton Lee at 405-684-8860.
One of the most common disabilities we are see 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 between the years of 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 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 a Veteran’s Corner Representative at 405-550-8806 or myself at 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
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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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