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 we recognize a volunteer of the week who makes that extra effort to assure that a veteran or surviving spouse receives their VA benefits. Shirley Clark-Cowdin has been with us four years. During that time she and her crew of ladies have assisted thousands of surviving spouses receive the VA benefits that they are entitled to. She stays at the forefront of all new VA regulations that apply to the veterans and spouses she assists. Shirley has made a difference in the lives of many of the men and women who make the trip to Goldsby. She and her husband Don make their home in Norman. Don a veteran is one of our ambassadors and is very effective at encouraging the many veterans he meets to make their first visit to Goldsby. Thanks Shirley and Don for caring about our veterans and their spouses.
The State Convention for the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the Embassy Suites in Norman last week. State Regent, Patsy Miller McFall recognized Veterans Corner with a donation for the work that we do in supporting our veterans and their families. Shirley and I were able to speak about the VA benefits that many of their family members could be eligible to receive. Their organization has over three thousand members in Oklahoma, with many having military members or veterans in their families. We were asked if we could provide a Power Point Presentation on VA benefits at other locations for their members. I told them we are always ready to do whatever it takes to assist the men and women who have served our country.
I wrote last week that I did receive my VA accreditation as a Claims Agent from Mr. Y. Ken Lee who works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the General Counsel in Washington D.C. I want to publicly thank all of you who took the time to write letters in support of this accreditation for me. For those of you who would like to acknowledge your thanks please write
Mr. Ken Lee
Office of General Counsel
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20420
Last Thursday there were one hundred and thirty eight men and women who were assisted with their claims and questions for VA benefits. Of this number there were nine veterans who were recently awarded a one hundred percent by our VA Regional Office in Muskogee. These men and women will also be eligible to receive the many Oklahoma State Benefits that our Legislature and Governor approved several years ago. When I meet veterans from other states most of them tell me that their state does not provide any benefits for their disabled veterans. I personally feel that we live in the most veteran friendly state in this United States. Our VA Regional Office is also more efficient than any of those in surrounding states. I have assisted veterans from states all over the US with most of them having to wait longer for decisions and their rating were lower than the severity of their disabilities indicated. I’m going to keep encouraging veterans to move to our state. I know that all VA Regional Offices go by the same Code of Federal Regulations yet some of them seem to interpret them differently.
Shirley along with the help of our lady volunteers were able to assist sixteen surviving spouses for DIC or Pension benefits based on their spouse’s military service. Many people are not aware that the husband of a veteran may be eligible to receive either of these benefits also. As times change and more ladies are choosing to serve in the military the number of male spouses filing for benefits will continue to increase. Shirley is hosting a one day surviving spouse benefit training class next week at her church. There are twelve ladies who have signed up to participate so far. This group of ladies has certainly made my Thursday’s at Goldsby much easier. Four or five years ago I was the only one assisting surviving spouses file for VA benefits. Back then by the time I was finished the surviving spouse would be crying and I would be shedding a few tears myself. We all know that the ladies are better at helping each other after suffering a loss of a family member. I continue to encourage all surviving spouses of a veteran to visit with myself or one of our lady volunteers about possible VA benefits. These benefits could change your life dramatically when you are facing financial hardships. Most of us will have major changes in our finances when we start paying for the assistance that we may need in the future.
There were twenty seven veterans who came to Goldsby to file their first claim for VA benefits. These men and women were referred to us by their friends and families because of the reputation we have in assisting veterans and their families. I don’t know of another place in this United States where there will be from one hundred and forty or more veterans and spouses every Thursday morning needing assistance with their VA claims and questions. We are making a difference in the lives of most every man and woman who walks through our doors at Veterans Corner. Each week there will be twenty to thirty veterans or surviving spouses who are approved for VA benefits that our volunteers have assisted.
Our Benevolence fund continues to serve our veterans and their surviving spouses with many of their needs. Jerry Baxter, our treasurer keeps us in the black at the end of each month. As 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit your donation to Veterans Corner should be tax deductible. We also accept the donation of automobiles, handicapped equipment and other items that can be used by or given to veterans. Items not given to veterans or their spouses will be sold to provide funds to support our veterans and spouses. We are spending on average three to four thousand dollars in support each week to provide the services that these men and women need. Our biggest expense is medical testing that many veterans need before we are able to help them to file a claim for benefits. We also help with everything from a car payment to rents or other unexpected expenses that will arise in most every household. Another major expense we have is the operation of our three vans used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. We have been tracking the number of miles driven and veterans transported for the last few months. Clayton Lee of Dibble logged the most miles last week traveling nine hundred and eighty miles while transporting thirteen veterans to their appointments. Harold Martin of Norman who drives our van equipped with a wheelchair lift drove four hundred miles while transporting nine passengers. Our other driver Greg Kelsch of Newcastle took the week off to be with family. For those of you who need this service try to use the driver who lives nearest to you. Clayton Lee can be reached at 405-684-8860, Harold Martin at 405-227-3239 and Greg Kelsch at 405 255 2208.
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. Last week we gave out seven 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. Last week he gave out ten boxes of food to veterans and their families who needed it. Thanks Sid!
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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