Thursday morning when I arrived at the Goldsby Community Center, there were more than 100 veterans and surviving spouses waiting for the building to be opened for us to begin assisting them. Of that number, seven received a 100 percent rating from the regional VA office.
There were 18 veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. These were men and women who were from 21 to 88 years of age.
Shirley and her volunteers were able to assist 16 surviving spouses with their applications for DIC or pension based on their husbands military service.
The benevolence was used to assist a young veteran with medical expenses last week. We also provided help with rent, fuel, food items and other needs Thursday. Jerry Baxter, treasurer, is able to help some of the veterans and their families who are in need of assistance each Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center. If you are in need, stop by and visit with Jerry he also can be reached at 833-0773.
For those who need food items, Sid Smith has boxes prepared each Thursday.
We have three transportation vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. Driver 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.
For all of your questions and assistance about veteran’s 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.
If you would like to be a Veterans Corner sponsor, we are a 501(C )(3) where your donations should be tax deductible. You also may send donations to Veterans Corner, P.O. Box 704, Washington, OK, 73093.
You can call me at 550-8806 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dale K. Graham serves as Veterans Corner service officer.