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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"
Emergency Shelter, Assistance, Employment Assistance, Haircuts/Styling, Medical Screening & Referrals, Drug & Alcohol Treatment Information, Help Accessing VA Benefits and Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Legal Assistance, Dental Screening, Native American-Specific Services, and Women Veteran-Specific Services. Items Offered: Breakfast and Lunch Will Be Served-Non Perishable Food Items---Clothing and Surplus Items (Blankets, etc.) along with Personal Care items.
I have over the years met many veterans whose lives were changed because of their experiences in the military. Some of these men and women experienced the horrors of war on a very personal level which has caused PTSD and other types of mental health conditions. Some of the Homeless Veterans issues and problems could probably be traced back to their military service. It seems that we may not have left them on the Battlefield but we have left them in the Homeless Shelters and on the Streets. Our Veteran’s Administration is trying to bring veterans into the system through these stand downs. Personally I feel that with counseling and some VA monetary benefits many of the Homeless Veterans could be productive citizens again. In 2012 I was invited to be a part of a Better Welcome Home presented by Harvard University Ash Center. In my final statement I said that if a veteran had received the VA benefits that he or she was eligible for they would not be sleeping in the streets or door ways of Boston. My belief is that if you have a little walking around money in your pocket things are going to get better. Our job at Veteran’s Corner is to help every veteran and surviving spouse to apply for their VA benefits. Many of those who we see each week did not know that help is available every Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center. I don’t know of a place that has done more for the men and women who served in our military.
Some of you may remember the young Marine Tyler and his wife Tara Crossfield who we helped last year with the donation of a Chevy Suburban given by a Norman family. They used the truck to move to their new base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They are now the proud parents of a young Marine Tytus Crossfield. Congratulations Crossfield family!
The Norman Veteran’s Day parade will be at 2PM Sunday November 9th. This year’s theme will be women in the military. Please plan to attend this event with us as we support our veterans and the Norman Community. Our own volunteer a Navy Veteran Barbara Barb will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance for this event.
Last Thursday there were one hundred and twenty five veterans and surviving spouses who made the trip to the Goldsby Community Center for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Seventeen of those were surviving spouses who were there to file for DIC or Pension VA benefits based on their spouses military service. The reason why so many of these ladies make the drive to Goldsby is because of Shirley and her helpers who are going that extra mile to make sure that every surviving spouse’s claim is processed correctly. Every week the VA Pension and Benefits Center in Minnesota sends their decisions to me on all of the spouses that I have the POA on. I then contact Shirley with each decision and she will contact the surviving spouse. When a spouse is approved we then ask her to return to see Joan Baxter to apply for all other benefits that she is entitled to receive. We always encourage every person to return to have their VA decisions reviewed this includes both the surviving spouse and the veteran. We are not going to take denied as an answer. If your claim was denied at some point in the past bring it back to us for a second look. As the VA laws have changed many claims that were denied previously may have been changed. A good example is the Agent Orange denials for Parkinson’s disease, Hairy Cell Leukemia and Ischemic Heart Disease. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and had filed a claim for service connection of the above diseases twenty plus years ago may have benefits coming from that original claim that was denied. Also surviving spouses whose husband died from one of those diseases may have benefits coming. This is made possible by a court order called the Nehmer ruling. Some of you may have read some of my articles about surviving spouses or veterans receiving several hundred thousand dollars in DIC or Compensation. If your spouse was exposed to Agent Orange and died make a visit to see one of our ladies on any Thursday morning. Shirley 405-361-9322 Dale 405-550-8806
There were twenty three veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits Thursday morning. Under the new VA Fully Developed Claims many of these will be completed by VA in a few months. When a veteran is rated for a disability that was caused by or aggravated by military compensation may be payable. Many disabilities may start out with a zero percent rating from VA. This might be a hearing loss claim that receives that rating, what many people don’t know is that as this disability becomes more severe the veteran can ask for a re-evaluation of their service connected hearing loss condition one year from the date stamped on their rating decision. Other types of injuries that can be re-evaluated anytime might be a service connected a knee condition that is rated at 10% and then requires surgery or replacement. The veteran could ask for a temporary rating of 100% during convalescence. This applies to conditions that are already service connected.
There were eight veterans who received ratings of one hundred percent for their service connected disabilities. These men and women veterans will be eligible for many other benefits both federal and Oklahoma State level. For any of you who received a rating of fifty percent or more Joan is available to assist you. Those rated by VA less than a hundred percent will not receive all of the benefits available to the one hundred percent group.
Jerry Baxter our Veteran’s Corner Treasurer is keeping me out of the Red each week in our checking account. Without his efforts I would have probably spent everything that is given to us. For those who need assistance Jerry can be reached at 405-833-0773 or any Thursday morning he is available. Each week Jerry has requests for medical testing, rents, car repair along with a many other types of requests. As a 501 (C) (3) your donations are tax deductible we also accept cars, trucks, boats or most anything that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds to support what we do. There many veterans and surviving spouses who are having financial problems that we can only help a small percentage of them. Last week one of our surviving spouses brought a propane bill to me requesting seven hundred and fifty dollars to heat her home this winter. I will present this request to our board of directors with a recommendation that we help her. We receive a lot of requests that we are unable to assist with. Last week a couple from near Tishomingo asked me for enough money to buy gas for their trip home. I gave them sixty dollars and sent them back home. We try to keep a few Wal-Mart gift cards for those people who need help with gas.
John Carter continues to make all of the requirements come together on our plans to build a Veteran’s Facility on Highway nine west of Interstate 35. Our Construction storage container has been set in place. The topographical map is complete we are hoping to have our engineering study this week. After that the City of Newcastle will have the blueprints with the next job being our plumbing and concrete work. Our Metal building kit will be ordered this week with a delivery date in December 2014. John can be reached at 405-202-1999 with any questions. Building Donations are tax deductible also we will also be taking donations of building materials.
We have four transportation vans we use daily to take veterans to their VA appointments. Our drivers were busy transporting a total of 23 passengers to and from their VA medical appointments this week. Clayton Lee (405-684-8860) transported 11 veterans while driving 532 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 9 veterans while driving 325 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 204 miles with 5 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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