I would like to encourage all veterans and surviving who have Internet service to visit benefits.va.gov/transformation to learn more about the new Fully Developed Claims. After reading their information, log on to ebenefits.va.gov to set up an account. With this system in place, the veteran or surviving spouse will be able to keep up with the progress that the VA makes in making a decision on your claim.
The benevolence fund was used last week to assist veterans and surviving spouses with rent, food items, utilities and medical testing. Treasurer Jerry Baxter continues to keep us in the black in the finance department. Some weeks we are cutting it close on the expenses exceeding the donations, but with Jerry staying on top of our finances we will continue to assist those who are in the most distress financially. If you need to contact Jerry he can be reached at 833-0773.
Johnny Rhoades of Noble laid 50 new bricks along the Walk of Honor at the Goldsby Memorial last Friday. For those of you who have not purchased your brick to be laid along the Walk of Honor leading up to the Veteran Memorials, see Harold Harvell or one of his helpers JD Kinard or Riley Phillips.
Sid Smith has food boxes prepared each Thursday for anyone who needs this assistance. Sid has been doing this job since we started the benevolence fund and we do appreciate his knowledge and ability to provide this service to Veterans Corner.
We have three transportation 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, 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. Please be there early for us to help you with your claim.
You may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK 73093.
You can call me at 550-8806 or email email@example.com.
Dale K. Graham is service officer for VFW Post 4890.