The Moore American

October 23, 2013

Volunteer from Norman honored by Veterans Corner


The Moore American

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.

There were 16 veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. If you served in the military and have not filed a claim for benefits, stop by and visit with one of the volunteers. Most everyone will be eligible to receive some type of benefit.

Jerry Baxter continues to keep us in the black with the benevolence fund monies that we use to assist those veterans and surviving spouses in the community. We were able to help one of these ladies prepare for winter by filling her propane tank that is used to heat her home. If you would like to help us to provide services, call Jerry Baxter at 405-533-0773. We are a 501(C )(3) non-profit where your donations are tax deductible.We accept automobiles, handicap equipment and other items that can be given to veterans, surviving spouses or sold to raise funds to support our mission.

John Carter is not letting any grass grow under his feet as he works everyday trying to make our Veterans Corner building happen. He can be reached at 202-1999 for any questions.

We have three vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. Clayton Lee of Dibble can be reached at 684-8860. Other drivers are Howard Martin of Norman and he drives the wheelchair accessible van and can be reached at 227-3239, Robert Root of Norman can be reached at 919-3008.

For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 7 a.m. and sign-in sheets are available at 5:30 a.m.

You may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK, 73093. You can call me at 550-8806 or email kdgraham@windstream.net.

Semper Fi.

Dale K. Graham is service officer for VFW Post 4890.