The Moore American

December 11, 2013

Veterans Corner to be closed Dec. 26


The Moore American

MOORE — The volunteer of the week, Robert Bovee, was transferred out of state by his employer last year. Yet, he continues to be an important part of Veterans Corner as webmaster. To date more than 4,800 users have visited veteranscorner.org.

We will be closed on Dec. 26 to allow volunteers to be with their families during Christmas.

I continue to receive reports that other organizations are telling veterans and surviving spouses that we charge for services. We have not nor will we ever charge anyone for assisting them at Veterans Corner. It appears to me that some are angry about the success that our volunteers have when assisting veterans. I think that all organizations should have one goal and that is to assist every veteran and surviving spouse to receive all of the VA benefits they are entitled to.

With all of the snow and ice last week there were only 51 veterans and surviving spouses who braved the cold to make the trip to Goldsby. Of that number, there were two veterans who received a VA disability rating of 100 percent for their disabilities that were service connected.

There were only seven veterans who made the trip to Goldsby to file their first claim for VA benefits. We used the new Fully Developed Claims forms to file their claims. With this new system that VA developed the processing time for VA to make a decision should be significantly shorter. For those of you who have Internet access, consider setting up an e-benefits premium account before making the trip to Goldsby.

There were five surviving spouses who were assisted last Thursday by Shirley and her ladies. Each week I receive calls and emails from some of the surviving spouses who want to say thanks to Shirley and her crew for helping them to receive benefits. We have been contacting more Oklahoma newspapers asking them to print the Veterans Corner article. If you have access to any newspaper editors, tell them about what we do for the veterans and surviving spouses.

For information on the benevolence, call Jerry Baxter treasurer, at 833-0773.

We have three vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. One of these is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Clayton Lee of Dibble. Can be reached at 684-8860. Howard Martin of Norman drives the wheelchair accessible van and can be reached at 227-3239.

For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Doors open at 7 a.m. and sign in sheets are available at 5:30 am. Visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org.

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 the Veterans Corner service officer.