MOORE — We are recognizing Larry Hall as the volunteer of the week. He is a Marine veteran who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Larry works at the checkout table to keep all of the veterans and surviving spouse’s claims organized.
There were 109 veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted by volunteers last Thursday. Many times we are asked how we can help so many people in just five hours. The answer is the volunteers. We have more than 40 men and women here to assist. Everyone who is associated with Veterans Corner is a volunteer meaning that everything we do is free to all who come through the doors.
There were 16 surviving spouses Shirley and her crew were able to assist with VA paperwork for DIC or pension benefits. We have also been able to assist men who are surviving spouses of women veterans. The Veterans Administration will not come to you with benefits, it’s up to the veteran or surviving spouse to apply. Shirley can be reached at 361-9322 with any questions.
There were six veterans who received a rating of 100 percent from the VA for their service connected disabilities. All of these men and women will receive the Oklahoma State Tax benefits after receiving that rating. If they are not retired military, their spouse and dependents will be eligible to receive the Champ-VA medical insurance at no cost. Anyone who receives a VA disability rating of 50 percent or more will receive an Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing license at no charge along with two discounted auto tags each year. There were 13 veterans who filed their first claim for benefits with us last Thursday morning. With the new VA forms we are using some of these veterans may have their claims approved by Christmas or shortly after.
Friday and Saturday we had a fundraising event at the Norman Sam’s Club using the 1953 fire truck. These are held to raise funds that can be used to support our Veterans Corner benevolence fund. I would like to thank the Sam’s management team for allowing us to have the opportunity to promote what we do.
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, stop by on Thursday. Harold Harvell, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips are available to assist you with that, a military hat or one of the “One Hundred Stories from Veterans Corner” books. Harold can be reached at 596-8755 anytime or at Goldsby on Thursday.
We have three vans to transport veterans to their VA appointments. One of these is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Clayton Lee can be reached at 684-8860. Howard Martin of Norman, who drives the wheelchair accessible van and can be reached at 227-3239. Robert Root of Norman can be reached at 919-3008.
We are located at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 7 a.m. and sign-in sheets are available at 5:30.
Visit veteranscorner.org. You also may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK 73093. You can call me at 550-8806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dale K. Graham is service officer of VFW Post 4890.