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"
We will be closed Thursday November 27th Thanksgiving Day to be with our families. Our volunteers will be available the following Thursday December 4th at our regular time in the Goldsby Community Center. I hope that all of you will be able to spend time with your friends and family during this holiday period.
We are having a Veterans Corner Volunteer Christmas Appreciation Dinner for all past and present volunteers December 4th at 6: PM. At the Goldsby Community Center -Doors Open at 5:30 PM Please RSVP to Shirley at 405-361-9322 by Dec.1.
Our volunteer of the week is Mr. Wilson Guilbeaux an Air Force Veteran who has been with us for the last eight years. Wilson is one of our volunteers who is making a difference in the lives of many veterans even when he is unable to be with us every Thursday. He and his wife Lillian make their home in Oklahoma City. We appreciate their dedication to improving the lives of our veterans and their families. Thank You!
Thursday morning there was standing room only in the Goldsby Community Center where we had over one hundred and thirty veterans and surviving spouses needing assistance with their VA claims and questions. Shirley and the ladies who work the surviving spouses were able to assist fourteen of them with their DIC or Pension claims. Many of the people they see are filing for Aid and Attendance for veterans and spouses who need help with basic task. The VA form 21-2680 is available on line that can be printed and then taken to their doctor to be filled out. When this is done bring it to Goldsby for assistance in filing a claim for that type of benefit. We now send out a letter to every surviving spouse who is approved for benefits or denied benefits to tell them what their next step should be. Those approved should have other benefits that we can help them to apply for. If a surviving spouse is denied VA benefits I want to do everything possible to change that decision by VA.
Joan and her helpers in our Insurance room were able to process nine veterans who received a VA rating of one hundred percent for their service connected disabilities. Those veterans will receive all of our Oklahoma State Tax benefits that they are eligible for. The spouse and dependents of veterans who receive that rating may also be eligible to receive the Champ-VA medical Insurance if they are not retired military. The Surviving Spouses who are approved for DIC may also qualify for the medical Insurance and some of the Oklahoma State Tax benefits.
Jerry Baxter along with other members of our building committee met with representatives of a company who gave us a bid on constructing our New Veterans Corner facility. He says there are several more bids he would like to look at before letting the contract. As things are going slower than I had hoped for we should still be able to have the Plumbing in and our floor poured before Christmas. Jerry is also our Veteran’s Corner Treasurer. He is the person that keeps up with all of our expenses and donations for both the Building Fund and our Benevolence Fund. According to him we are going to need more help from the men and women who we have assisted to be able to finish our building on time. I will be sending out our annual December Veterans Corner Newsletter which will have a donation form attached. If you are able to help us please do so. We are asking everyone to “Pay it Forward” to enable us to continue helping the thousands of veterans and surviving spouses in our state that are in need of help. Each week we provide thousands of dollars in the form of needed medical testing, rents, food boxes and transportation in our vans for the veterans and their families in our area. If you have questions about our services please call Jerry Baxter at 405-833-0773. As a 501-©(3) non -profit your donations are tax deductible. We also accept donations of cars, trucks, Handicapped equipment or most anything that can be given to veterans and their spouses or sold to raise funds.
Many times the people who work behind the scenes doing their part for our veterans and their families are never seen. One of these is Angie Smith the spouse of our grocery man Sid Smith. Angie makes up the grocery boxes that Sid brings out each Thursday to be given to those who are in need of food items. I know that this is a time consuming job along with it being very cold in their garage where this takes place. Thank You Angie and Sid Smith! We appreciate all you do to help our nation’s veterans and their families.
We need a temporary driver for our handicapped accessible Van for a few months as one of our drivers Wesley Timmerman will be off for a couple of months for medical reasons. If you would like to be a Volunteer Driver for Veterans Corner please contact Jerry Baxter at 405-833-0773 or Dale Graham at 405- 550 -8806.
We have four transportation vans we use daily to take veterans to their VA appointments. Our drivers were busy transporting a total of 22 passengers to and from their VA medical appointments this week. Clayton Lee (405-684-8860) transported 9 veterans while driving 539 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 7 veterans while driving 409 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 377 miles with 6 passengers. My hat goes off to these men and their families for supporting this project.
One most common disabilities we are seeing are those related to Agent Orange and Gulf War Illnesses. If you know of anyone who may have been exposed to Agent Orange please encourage them to sign up for the Agent Orange Registry and exam that the Oklahoma City VA hospital provides. There are fifteen or so diseases that are presumptive to exposure to that chemical. I personally believe that the Agent Orange has killed more of our veterans than were killed in Vietnam. If anyone has the numbers on this I would like to have them. Many of you who served in the first Gulf War are also paying a high price in the terms of your health from the chemicals that you were exposed to while serving in the military. The OKC VA Hospital also has a Gulf War Registry and exam that I encourage you to apply for also. We have this application available for everyone who served in that theater of war. Some veterans mostly during the Korean War suffered from cold injuries including frozen or frostbitten extremities. These veterans may be eligible for VA benefits based on the severity of these injuries.
There was water contamination that occurred at Camp Lejuene Marine Base in North Carolina. If you or your family members were there 1954-1984, you were exposed to chemicals in the water system. There are fourteen types of cancers that may be presumptive to the men and women who served there. For those family members who are ill from those chemicals VA should provide medical care. We have started filing claims for compensation for some veterans who were stationed there.
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 those who need food items Sid Smith has food boxes prepared each Thursday for anyone who needs this assistance. Last week we gave out boxes to families who needed them. Sid has been doing this job since we started our Benevolence fund and we do appreciate his knowledge and ability to provide this service to Veterans Corner.
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 me at 405-550-8806 or email@example.com Semper Fi!
Dale K. Graham
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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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