Veterans Corner will be closed the day after Christmas, December 26th, 2013 so that our volunteers can spend time with their families and friends. We will resume normal hours on the following Thursday, January 2, 2014.
From all of us at Veterans Corner....We wish you all a safe holiday season!
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 about this process contact Mr. Jerry Baxter at (405) 833-0773
Click here to download the Veterans Corner Donation Form today.
"Veterans Helping Veterans"
Our volunteer of the week has been making the trip to Goldsby each Thursday for the last six years. We are recognizing Mr. Larry Miller for his dedication to our Nation’s veterans and their families. We appreciate the time and money that he has spent to support the men and women who have served in our Military. Larry’s wife Kathy supports him in his efforts to improve the lives of our nation’s veterans.
I hope all of you were able to spend time with your families over the Thanksgiving holiday. Several of our volunteers have family members serving in the military who were not able to spend time with them. I encourage everyone who knows someone in the military serving in faraway place to send them a card or E-mail thanking for their service to our country. As many of us know it can be a very lonely time to be away during these special days. To all of you still serving in the military Thank You!
If the number of calls I’m receiving are an indication to how many people will be at the Goldsby Community Center this Thursday for assistance with their VA claims and questions we may set a record. Of course with the weather supposed to turn cold and wet everything could change.
I have had many people over the years ask how we could have so many volunteers that continue to be at Veterans Corner every Thursday year after year. The answer to that is that many of us have found out that when we are helping veterans and their families we are also helping ourselves. When I returned from Vietnam in 1967 after serving in the Marines there was no welcome home and no place for us to go for any type readjustment counseling. In 1992, several other veterans and I enrolled in a program at the Oklahoma City Veterans Center to better understand what had happened to us during that war. The programs and counseling service that they provided was a turning point for me and the thousands of other veterans who have used their services. Our staff at Veterans Corner encourages all of the combat veterans we assist to use the counselors at the Veterans Center. It could change your life.
I received a letter today from a veteran who lives in Florida who made the trip to Goldsby last year for help with his VA claims. He wrote the following letter:
Dear Mr. Graham and volunteers,
Just wanted to pass along my thanks to all of you and Mr. Harold Reed for your assistance in helping me to obtain VA benefits for myself and my family. Mr. Reed went the extra mile in assisting me through the process. I always read your newsletter and fully appreciate what you do. Please keep up the good work assisting Oklahoma deserving veterans and their families.
A Vietnam Veteran
I receive letters similar to that one every day from the veterans and the surviving spouses who we have assisted on Thursdays at the Goldsby Community Center.
Even though we were closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday we are still staying busy transporting veterans to and from the Oklahoma City VA Hospital. Our drivers Clayton Lee and Harold Martin are keeping the Veterans Corner Vans on the road most days. If you see them on the road be sure to give them a honk and a wave. We do appreciate the work that they do for our veterans who need this assistance.
Our Benevolence Fund Treasurer, Mr. Jerry Baxter has kept busy assisting veterans and their families with fuel and other needs even though we have been closed the last week. Jerry is available each Thursday morning or he can be reached at 405-833-0773 for assistance. We require that a verifiable application be filled out to receive assistance. For those of you who are able to assist us with a donation we are a 501(c) (3) non-profit. We also accept cars and trucks that can be given to veterans or sold to raise funds for Veterans Corner. When a donation of a vehicle is made the donor makes the determination of its worth on their tax forms.
Our building chairman Mr. John Carter is working on grants that may be available to help fund our proposed Veterans center we hope to build on Highway 9 west of I-35. When we have this facility built, it will be the Premier Veterans Center in this part of the United States. A drawing of our proposed facility is available each Thursday morning in the Goldsby Community Center. If you would like to become a donor for this project John Carter can be reached at 405-202-1999. All donations are tax deductible for our building fund.Shirley will be back to work this Thursday to help the many surviving spouses who need help with their VA claims. We have six other ladies who specialize in assisting these widows. Two of these ladies who volunteer are surviving spouses of Vietnam veterans themselves. I encourage all surviving spouses of veterans to stop by or call Shirley at405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806 to find out if you may qualify for VA benefits. Our service is free to everyone who walks thru our doors. Our only goal is to assist every veteran or surviving spouse to receive the VA benefits that they are entitled to.
The 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. 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. Thanks Sid!
We have three transportation vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments. One of these is equipped with a wheelchair lift for our veterans who need this service. Our driver who has been with us the longest is Mr. Clayton Lee of Dibble. He can be reached at 405-684-8860. Our other drivers are Howard Martin of Norman and he drives our Wheelchair accessible van and can be reached at 405-227-3239.
For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits we are located at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Our doors open at 7am each Thursday morning and sign in sheets are available at 5:30am. Please be there early for us to help you with your claim. We do our best to process each one in a timely manner but be prepared to stay awhile and please be patient. Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org. We have moved forward with the new technology and are now able to accept donations directly from your credit card. 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. For questions on Widow’s benefits please contact Shirley at 405-361-9322. You may also send donations to Veterans Corner P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK 73093.
You can contact me at 405-550-8806 or firstname.lastname@example.org Semper Fi!
Dale K. Graham - Veterans Corner Service Officer
"a book everyone must read"
100 Stories from Veterans Corner
by Dr. Kami Day, PhD
Click here to purchase 100 Stories from Veterans Corner for only $20.00 plus shipping from Amazon.com
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 with their VA claims for benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our mission at Veterans Corner is to assist each Veteran, their widows and families every step of the way throughout this process.
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 a Veterans Corner volunteer 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, 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 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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