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
Click here to download the Veterans Corner Donation Form today.
"Veterans Helping Veterans"
We are recognizing another of our couples as our volunteers of the week. Many of you know Doan and Cary Davis who have been with us the last couple of years. Doan works in our Insurance room helping spouses who qualify to apply for the Champ-VA medical insurance. Cary is one of our guys who work outside assisting veterans and spouses who have difficulty walking or standing. He also helps distribute the food boxes that Sid Smith and his wife Angie have prepared. Cary is a Disabled Army Veteran who served in Korea. Thanks to both of these volunteers who are helping our veterans and their spouses.
The last day will be open in 2014 is Thursday December 18th at the Goldsby Community Center. Our volunteers will be with their families during Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. 2014 was a very successful year for thousands of our Oklahoma Veterans and their families who made the trip to Veteran’s Corner. There was an average of one hundred and twenty five who were assisted each Thursday morning. This means there were over six thousand men and women who we were able to assist with their VA claims. Of that number seven hundred were surviving spouses. If not for our volunteers and the support that many of you have provided we would not have been able to make a difference. Our volunteers will be back to work and ready to assist veterans and surviving spouses on January 8th.
I have been requesting donations of material and supplies that can be used in the construction and upkeep of our facility we are going to build to assist our veterans and their families. Thursday a veteran, Mr. John Trejo from Byars called to say that he had bundle of 5/8 rebar that we could have. Another veteran has already picked it up and delivered it to us. Without the help of people like John we would not be able to make this veterans center a reality. We can provide a tax receipt for any donations of building supplies that you may have. I’m looking for people who have contacts with concrete companies, steel companies for more rebar, plumbing supplies such as Locke, Home Depot or Lowes. We need the support of our local businesses to move forward with this building project.
There were one hundred and thirty veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted by our volunteers. Of that number there were thirty veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. We are continuing to use the Fully Developed Claim system that the Department of Veterans Affairs implemented. This system allows veterans to send in a VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire filled out by their physician as evidence of the disability they are filing for service connection for. When we use this system many veterans are receiving a VA rating decision within a couple of months. That is much quicker than it was last year when many veterans were waiting for decisions on their claims a year or more.
Shirley and our lady volunteers were able to process fourteen surviving spouses for DIC or Pension benefits based on their spouses’ military service. One of the other benefits that may be available to spouses and veterans is the VA Aid and Attendance. Many veterans and spouses are in need of assistance from others because of physical disabilities. Our ladies are available to help you apply for this benefit each Thursday morning. Most of DIC claims that our ladies are helping with are being approved by the VA Pension and benefits Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Any of you ladies that are a surviving spouse of a veteran please stop by and visit with our ladies you may be entitled to VA benefits. Our services are free to all veterans and surviving spouses. We have helped many surviving spouses to receive VA benefits whose husbands died years ago. Some of these ladies have qualified for back payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Joan and Doan, two of our ladies who work with those veterans rated at 100%, were able to process eight veterans along with several spouses who received DIC benefits. They also help the veterans to apply for the property tax exemption, along with the sales tax exemption for veterans rated at 100% and surviving spouses who were approved for DIC benefits.
Our Benevolence fund was used to help a young Afghanistan veteran and his family to keep the power on at their apartment last week. We also assisted several veterans with funds for medical examinations. Each application for assistance is reviewed by two or more Board members before making a decision to approve or disapprove assistance. As we will be closed for two Thursdays anyone who needs emergency assistance or a food box please call Jerry at 405-833-0773 or Dale at 405-550-8806. For those of you who need an end of year tax donation we are a 501 (c ) (3) non -profit. Any donations of Monies, Cars, Trucks, Tractors, Handicapped Equipment or anything that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds is appreciated.
We are in need of a volunteer driver for the next few months for one of our van’s regular driver will be off for medical reasons. There is a need in our community to transport veterans to their OKC VA Medical appointments. These will usually take a couple of hours from the time a veteran is picked up until he is home. For those of you who would like to serve in this capacity please contact Jerry Baxter at 405-833-0773.
Our two drivers Clayton and Gregg have been on the road taking care of those veterans who need transportation to the VA. Clayton Lee drove 950 miles carrying 15 passengers and Greg Kelsch drove 400 miles with 7 passengers. If you or someone you know needs a ride please contact Greg Kelsch at 405-255-2208 or Clayton Lee at 405-684-8860.
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 and his wife Angie have food boxes prepared each Thursday for anyone who needs this assistance. Every week we give out food boxes to families who need them. If you know someone who is need of food please have them stop in and see us 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 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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