Every Thursday from 7:00 am until Noon
Sign-in at 5:30 am
The Goldsby Community Center is located at 122 E. Center Rd., Goldsby, Oklahoma 73093
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We have moved forward with new technology and are now able to accept donations directly from your credit/debit card or even through an automatic bank draft. If you would like to be a Veterans Corner sponsor we are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your contribution should be tax deductible. We are able to assist Veterans, their families, and widows in our community who are in need through the donations we receive from the kindness and generosity from people like you.
You may also send contributions to:
P.O. Box 704
Washington, Oklahoma 73093
For more information contact Mr. Jerry Baxter at (405) 833-0773
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"Veterans Helping Veterans"
Many of you will recognize our volunteer of the week Mr. Ramiro Rocha has been with Veteran’s Corner the past six years. Ramiro is well known in and around Norman from his involvement with many civic organizations and the work he does supporting our veterans and their families. Ramiro and his wife Linda make their home in Norman. We are very proud to have him as a volunteer who makes a difference in the lives of our many veterans. Thank You Ramiro and Linda for supporting our Community and Veterans.
As many of you know we have an outreach program to assist veterans and surviving spouses in other areas of our state. Mr. Alfred Hollis, one of our volunteers, is the “go to”guy for this service for any of you that would like to have a team of Veteran’s Corner volunteers
Thursday morning we were able to assist one hundred and forty veterans and surviving spouses with their claims and questions about VA benefits. One of most asked questions is from veterans who want to know how to qualify for the VA Health care that they were promised. That is a sore subject with many of them who were told many years ago that it would always be there for them and now for many it may not be. If you want to know more about that subject stop by and visit with one of our volunteers. Our drivers take people to the VA hospital on a daily basis for those who would like to see what might be available to them.
The rain kept our crews away from our building location last week. Maybe this week the sun will dry out all of that red dirt and we can move forward finishing the concrete work around the building site. The floor looks great thanks to the folks from Superior concrete company. We have not contracted for the erection of our building kit. There are several other companies that are submitting bids that should be in during the next few weeks. For those of you who would like to check out the work that has been accomplished the building site is West of Interstate -35 on Highway 9 just past Western Avenue on the North side of the road. As a 501-( C) (3) non-profit your donations to our building fund should be tax deductible. For questions about our building please contact John Carter at 405 202-1999. We are looking for a volunteer who could weld the top rail on our pipe fence along the front of our property. The contact person for that job is Mr. Harold Harvell and he can be reached at 405-596-8755. We have the post set and the pipe waiting for a welder. I would try to weld the pipe if not for everyone saying I was more of a dabber than a real welder.
Since becoming an accredited by VA as a Claims Agent I receive a copy of all VA rating decisions of the people who we represent. I review an average of fifty to sixty decisions each week that show the veteran or surviving spouse was approved for benefits. These rating decisions enable us to know how many of our veterans claims are approved along with the amount the veteran will receive each month. We also receive the decisions on the surviving spouses who come to us for assistance. One of the more important jobs we have is to mail a letter to each person who receives a decision on their VA claim. In that letter we tell them about other benefits that might be available. We also send out a letter to those who were denied suggesting they
Thursday there were twenty seven veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. These were both men and women who honorably served our country in the military. As usual we used the informal claim process to establish a start date for each claim. This gives the veteran up to one year to file the VA form 21-526 EZ and to supply all of the evidence needed to support their claim for VA benefits. Personally I think the new system is going to work much better for all of our veterans and for the VA. One of the requirements that many who were members of the National Guard don’t know is that they must submit a complete copy of their Guard records with their 21-526EZ. If they don’t do so the VA will take their claim out of the Fully Developed status and then process it under the old method.
Joan Baxter and Doan Davis processed six veterans who were awarded the 100% rating from VA for their service connected disabilities. These veterans will be eligible to receive the property tax benefits on their primary residence along with the reduced auto tags. There are several other benefits their dependents may be eligible to receive. I urge any veteran who receives more than a 50% rating or a surviving spouse who is approved for DIC to return to see Joan or Doan about other benefits.
Our crew of lady volunteers who specialize in surviving spouse benefits or radiation exposure claims assisted seventeen surviving spouse Thursday morning. There are two ways this group of spouses can receive VA benefits. One is DIC, this means the veteran died from a service connected disability or was rated at the 100% rate for ten years or died from a condition that is presumptive to their military service. For information on benefits for surviving spouses please call Shirley at 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806.
Jerry Baxter our treasurer is tasked with keeping Veteran’s Corner Benevolence Fund and our Building Fund in the black. The Benevolence fund is used to provide temporary assistance for medical testing, rents, utilities, food items, fuel, etc. This fund has proven to be very helpful to veterans and their families who are having a difficult time financially. As we are a small organization we try to help those who are in the most need each week. Sometimes it may just be a few hundred dollars to help a veteran to pay part of the medical testing that is needed to support their claim for service connection of a disability. To the Veteran or their families it may mean the difference between having food to eat or not. Our building fund is used for the construction cost of the Veteran’s Corner facility that we are building on Highway 9. As always it is your decision where to request that your donation is used. All donations are tax deductible for either our Benevolence or Building Fund. We also accept the donations of handicapped equipment, cars, trucks, boats, RV or most anything that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds to be used in support of what we do.
Alfred Hollis, our Outreach Coordinator for Veteran’s Corner can be contacted to have Veteran’s Corner volunteers come to your church or civic organization to give claims assistance. Alfred can be reached at 405-250-6304.
Jimmy Flowers is in charge of the operation of our Food Pantry. Our food pantry has boxes made up and available at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday morning for families who need them. Jim can be reached at 405-691-3878.
If you or someone you know needs a ride to VA medical appointments or to Goldsby on Thursdays please contact Greg Kelsch at 405-255-2208, Fred Zacher at 405-447-2482, Richard Judd 5405-573-0926, or Clayton Lee at 405-684-8860.
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 please stop by on Thursday to get one in the works. Harold Harvell, JD Kinard and Riley Phillips are available each Thursday to assist you with the purchase of your Brick, Military Hat or one of our One Hundred Stories from Veterans Corner books written by Dr. Kami Day. Harold can be reached at 405-596-8755 anytime or at Goldsby on Thursday mornings.
For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits contact Dale Graham at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. The doors open at 7am each Thursday morning. Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org. If you would like to be a Veterans Corner sponsor we are a 501(C) (3) where your donations should be tax deductible. We are a non-profit that helps the veterans and widows in our community. Donations for the Benevolence fund may be sent to Veterans Corner P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK 73093. Donations for the Building Fund may be sent to Veterans Corner C/O Dale Graham PO Box 722160 Norman, OK 73070. You can contact a Veteran’s Corner Representative at 405-550-8806 or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org Semper Fi!
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"a book everyone must read"
100 Stories from Veterans Corner
by Dr. Kami Day, PhD
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This book will bring you to tears. It will help help you understand and give empathy to those you know that have been in the past and current Wars our country was/is involved in. I know these stories are all true because I know of the wonderful organization Veteran's Corner and where it all started. Be kind to those on the streets that stand out on the curb begging for money. Who cares how it will be spent just know that you may give someone else another day on this earth. It could be a family member that cannot survive in the social world. It could be your brother, sister or son. It could be a veteran that fought for our country and now cannot function in the real world. God Bless our Veterans.
Every story in this book came from a veteran who made the trip to Goldsby for help with their VA claims and questions.
Veterans Corner is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that assists Veterans in many ways. Our mission at Veterans Corner is to assist each Veteran, their widows and families every step of the way. Dale Graham, an accredited VA agent can assist you with your claim for VA benefits.
What do I need to bring with me to my first visit? Click here to find out. If there are any other documents you need Mr. Dale Graham will let you know.
Having the required documents will help expedite your claim. Although the Muskogee Regional Office does a great job processing the claims, providing the needed documentation up front really speeds up the process.
Dale Graham, accredited VA claims agent and founder of Veteran's Corner, and his team of volunteers meet every Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center from 7:00 am til 12:00 pm (Noon). Be sure to get there early (5:30 am) to reserve a spot in line. We assist Veterans, their families and widows with many needs and usually stop when we reach 120 or so.
The Goldsby Community Center
122 E. Center Rd.
Goldsby, Oklahoma 73093
From Interstate I-35 take exit 104. Go south on Hwy 74 until you pass Marcum's Nursery and Libby's Cafe. Go east on E. Center Rd. just past Libby's Cafe. We are on the south side of the road right behind the Goldsby Town Hall Building and the Fire Station.
See you on Thursday!
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