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"
Last week Steve Higgins, a Vietnam veteran and Veteran’s Corner volunteer who served in the Navy, lost his last battle. Steve and his wife Marilyn were familiar faces to many of our Veterans each Thursday for many years. We will keep Marilyn and their family in our thoughts and prayers. As I have stated many times, I believe we are losing those who served in that war at a much higher rate than the rest of our population.
Also last week, I was invited to visit the Gaylord Center School of Journalism at OU taught by John Schemeltzer and Mike Boettcher. Their class assignment is to interview veterans at Goldsby on a Thursday morning. My job was to give them a history of what we are doing for our veterans and their surviving spouses. For those of you who are at Veteran’s Corner in the next few weeks please take time to give these young people your views on what it means to have served in the Military.
We welcome any visitors who would like to stop by our building site on Highway 9, west of interstate 35. I would ask that you wait until the ground is dry before visiting. Also for safety please stay out of the actual construction area. Friday while I was working on plumbing at the building location two veterans from Tulsa drove down to check on our building progress. Almost every day we will have veterans stop by our building site to ask what they can do to help with this project. As we move forward and have the building dried in there will be plenty of work to go around for all who would like to help build our veterans facility. We continue to search for someone or a company who can provide the heat and air packages required for this building. We have contacted the Johnson Controls requesting help in obtaining a twenty ton package unit for our great room along with two smaller units for our offices and Chapel. When we have the building dried in there will be a need for other types of construction materials. At the present time our biggest need are donations that are needed to pay for concrete and other construction costs. As a 501 (c) (3) any donation made to Veterans Corner is tax deductible.
Thursday there were one hundred and thirty five veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted at the Goldsby Community Center with their VA claims and questions. Of that number there were eight veterans who received ratings of one hundred percent from VA for their service connected disabilities. Those who receive that rating will be eligible for the Oklahoma State Tax benefits along with several other state and federal benefits. I encourage all veterans to follow up with our volunteers after receiving a VA rating decision. Joan Baxter and Doan Davis are available to assist Veterans and Surviving spouses who are approved for VA benefits to apply for these benefits.
One of the most common disabilities Veterans will receive a VA rating for is hearing loss and tinnitus. The reason for this was the lack of hearing protection while in the military. Veterans were exposed to many different types of loud noises such as artillery, aircraft engine noise, and gunfire along with many other types of acoustic trauma while serving in the military. Some of these veterans will also suffer from depression because of their inability to understand what people are saying to them. Sometimes we will file a request for service connection of depression secondary to a veterans hearing loss disability if they are receiving treatment for that disability. If you are a veteran and were exposed to any types of acoustic trauma I suggest that you consider filing a claim for VA benefits.
There were twenty five veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits last Thursday. Several of these were veterans who served in WW II and are just now deciding to apply for VA benefits. Each week we recognize those who served in that war by giving them a Framed Certificate of Appreciation and a WWII Military Cap. One of the main benefits that our state offers to veterans who are rated with a seventy percent service connected disability or higher is free care in our Oklahoma Veterans Centers. If you have never visited the one in Norman on East Robinson I encourage you to do so. Many people are not aware that these facilities are free if the veteran has that seventy percent service connected VA rating. Many of those who reside in these facilities could probably be staying free if they filed a claim for service connection of hearing loss and tinnitus and were approved for a high enough rating by VA.
We continue to have fifteen or more surviving spouses who are filing for DIC or Pension benefits based on their spouses military service. Last week one of our ladies assisted a surviving spouse whose husband served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. Those who served in that capacity should also qualify for VA benefits. Our ladies who assist surviving spouses are very dedicated to all of the spouses of our deceased veterans. All of our volunteers will go above and beyond to assist these ladies.
Our Benevolence Fund continues to be an important tool to help our veterans and their families each week. Some of the things that we use this fund for is transporting veterans to Goldsby or the VA hospital in one of our four vans. We do not charge for this service nor are our drivers paid. The drivers are all volunteers who are giving back to their fellow veterans. We also provide food boxes for those who are hungry. We usually have handicapped equipment that is available to anyone who may need it at no cost. Our treasurer Jerry Baxter can be reached at 833-0773 for your questions. As a 501-(c) - (3) we are dependent upon your contributions to continue to assist the men and women who have served our nation’s military. Your donations are tax deductible, we also accept cars, trucks handicapped equipment or most anything that can be given to veterans or their families 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 Zacher 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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