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"
One of our lady volunteers, Patricia McLaughlin, is our volunteer of the week. She has been with us only a year and is quickly learning what it takes to make a difference in the lives of others. Pat, a resident of Norman, found out about us through the weekly Veteran’s Corner column that is published each Wednesday in the Norman Transcript. We appreciate Patricia along with all of the volunteers who are working to improve the lives of all of our veterans and their families. We also appreciate the Norman Transcript for printing our column.
The rain has shut down the company erecting our Veteran’s Corner building on highway 9 west of I-35 at exit 106. I’m hoping that they are able to start back to work in a few days. After the building is dried in, we will begin work on framing the inside. We have not decided on which type of framing to use inside of the building-either metal studs or wood ones. The driving force for us is going to be the cost of labor and material. I have a couple of veterans who said they would frame everything on the inside as a service to other veterans and their families at no cost to us. I have asked our local Home Depot and Lowes stores to help us by donating some of the framing material and sheetrock that will be needed. If any of you would like to purchase some of the materials needed, I have an inside framing material list that was provided by Lowes. We plan to use the drop ceiling panels system inside all the rooms. This is something I have never tried to do before so I know someone else will be installing that. One of the things I have learned the hard way is you very seldom beat somebody at their own trade. We will be looking for someone to install that drop ceiling.
The rain has also halted the work our welders have started on the front fence of our property. As soon as it dries out we will be ready to install the panels in between each post and rail. One of our veterans, Phil Roth of Newcastle, has an NC Plasma cutter he will use to cut military emblems that will be welded in the center of the panels.
Several people have asked if we are going to build a Veterans Memorial at our new location. Personally I would like to have ideas from the men and women who we assist each week on what they want to see. One of the things that appeal to me would be a Black Granite Veterans Memorial at the base of our main flag pole. Bring your ideas and let’s make it happen.
We are looking for a donation or to purchase a small tractor with a finish mower and front bucket to be able to take care of our Veteran’s Corner property. All of this rain is going to keep us busy mowing and weed eating.
Since becoming accredited by VA I receive a copy of all of the rating decisions on every Veteran or Surviving Spouse that I represent. Starting today I will list the numbers of decisions received along with the ratings made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the week of May 4th thru the 8th there were twelve veterans who received a one hundred percent rating for their service connected disabilities. Fifty veterans received a disability rating from ten percent to ninety percent. Seventeen veterans received a denial of service connection of a disability. There were two surviving spouses approved for DIC with one being denied. We send a letter to each person who is approved or denied for VA benefits to inform the veteran or surviving spouse the next step to be taken. My advice to anyone who has been denied VA benefits is to not give up. Keep your claims active.
Thursday the rainy weather kept many of our veterans and surviving spouses at home with only one hundred making the trip to Goldsby. Those that were there got to double up on the doughnuts and apple fritters.
There were twelve surviving spouses that were assisted with their claims for either DIC or Pension benefits by Shirley and our ladies. When the surviving spouse files a claim for DIC benefits one of the most important things is the cause of death or the contributing factors on the veterans Death Certificate. Many times the physician who signs the Death certificate will not be aware of medical conditions that are service connected. Those conditions could have contributed to the veteran’s death. There are procedures set up that allow a death certificate to be amended to add diseases or illnesses affecting that veteran. If the veteran was receiving VA benefits or died from a presumptive condition to military service it should be listed on the Death Certificate. Many veterans that served in Vietnam have died from diseases that were presumptive. Their spouses could probably be receiving benefits. Some of these surviving spouses have received hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the Neimer Ruling if their veteran died from ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s or Hairy Cell Leukemia. I encourage all surviving spouses of veterans to visit with one of our ladies who specialize in VA spouse benefits.
Our benevolence fund that we have to assist veterans and their families continues to be a valuable resource. The biggest problems I see is many people will not ask for help until they are being evicted or their utilities are being cut off. When that occurs it is usually too late for us to be able to help them from our benevolence fund. We are limited on the amount we can pay in those types of expenses. If a person owes fifteen hundred dollars in utility bills and we can only help with five hundred dollars their power will be shut off no matter what we do. If we are able to continue growing maybe at some point in time we will be able to do more for veterans and their families.
One of the areas where this fund is making a big difference is our four Vans that we use to transport veterans to the VA Hospital and to Goldsby. Our drivers are averaging over five thousand miles each month as they provide this service. The money used to provide this service comes from the Benevolence Fund that some of you support each month. We also use this fund to provide the medical testing that many veterans and surviving spouses need to support their claims for service connection of a disability. Jerry Baxter our treasurer has learned how to stretch each dollar donated to Veterans Corner. As a 501(c ) (3) Non-Profit everything we do is for the benefit of our nation’s veterans and their families. We accept the donations of cars, trucks, handicap equipment or anything that can be given to veterans or sold to raise funds for them. Jerry can be reached at 405-833-0773 with your questions or comments.
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 Zacher at 405-447-2482, Richard Judd 5405-573-0926, or Clayton Lee at 405-684-8860.
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!Dale Graham, Veteran’s Corner- VA Accredited Claims Agent
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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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