MOORE — The volunteer of the week is Barbara Barb. She and her husband Charlie make their home in Norman. Barbara has been a volunteer with us more than four years, when she has made a difference in the lives of veterans and surviving spouses.
COP4x4 is looking for a wounded warrior to build an ability JK or JKU in Las Vegas in a few weeks. If you know of a paralyzed veteran who could benefit from a seat lift, hand controls and a full build and can get to Las Vegas Nov. 3 to 8, Rugged Ridge, Coach Lift and the Abilities Center are going to build the veteran a jeep in the parking lot during the three or four days. Contact COP4x4 at cop4x4az.com.
The number of veterans and surviving spouses who we assisted last Thursday was only 81. I received numerous calls from people wanting to know if we would be open because of the government shut down. I told them that we don’t get paid anyway so we would be open as usual. Some people still think that we charge for our service, which is incorrect. We have never charged anyone anything for assisting them with their VA claims and questions.
Shirley was short a couple of lady volunteers last Thursday but was still able to process 14 surviving spouses. I was even allowed to help one of the ladies from Norman who we had assisted several years ago with her initial claim for DIC. If you have questions about survivors’ benefits, Shirley can be reached at 361-9322.
Joan and her helpers were able to assist seven veterans who received a 100 percent rating for their service-connected disabilities. Those who received that rating also will be eligible for the Oklahoma State Tax benefits that the state provides to disabled veterans.