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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"
Thursday morning when I arrived at the Goldsby Community our parking lot was over flowing with veterans and their spouses waiting to be assisted by our volunteers. As we were unloading our computers, printers and supplies from our twenty four foot trailer I noticed someone taking pictures of the men and women waiting. The Camera man was Paul Hellstern from The Oklahoman. Paul and Juliana Keeping, a staff writer from The Oklahoman were also interviewing veterans and their families for a story they were doing about the bureaucracy veterans applying for VA benefits faced. The article was printed in the Sunday Oklahoman September the 14th for those of you who have access to that paper. The only error I found in what they said was on the number of people we see each month it is not 150 it is closer to 500 veterans and surviving spouses each month. I do appreciate the Oklahoman for sending their writer and photographer to Goldsby to help us to get the word out to our veterans and their families that help is just around the corner. Link: http://newsok.com/veterans-corner-in-goldsby-offers-help-to-oklahomas-veterans/article/4986267
The Norman Transcript also had a nice article about one of our Veteran’s Corner Volunteers. Barbara Barb who served in the US Navy as a Nurse during the Vietnam War has been with us since 2009. She will be part of the Norman Veteran’s Day Parade this year as the theme is “Our Women Veterans”. Thank You Barbara for all that you have accomplished and for being a part of the Veteran’s Corner Crew. I find it very rewarding to have so many of our volunteers to be involved in our community. Link: http://www.normantranscript.com/opinion/article_a7f8bd72-382a-11e4-a689-0019bb2963f4.html
As we were opening last Thursday morning one of our Chaplains, Jack Poe noted the date was 9/11 the anniversary of the twin towers attack. He asked that we have a moment of prayer for the men and women who were lost that day. We not only lose brave men and women on the Battlefield we are also going to lose some of them to terrorist attacks that are popular with the many radical groups that are trying to force their will on the people who are not willing or able to stand up for what is right. Sometimes a few can control the many.
There were one hundred and thirty seven veterans and surviving spouses assisted with their claims and questions on VA benefits. Of that number there were thirty two who filed their first claim for benefits. Most of these veterans used the informal claims process which gives them a start date for benefits while allowing them up to one year to obtain all of the evidence needed for their claims to be approved. This new system which allows veterans and surviving spouses to then file a Fully Developed Claim for benefits is one of the best changes I have ever seen to the VA claims process in my twenty years of working with veterans. If a veteran provides the documentation and evidence that is required to file a Fully Developed Claim they should not have a problem having it approved at our Regional office in Muskogee. The people who have difficulty receiving VA benefits are the ones who just file a claim without any proof that the injury or incident occurred.
Our ladies were able to assist fourteen surviving spouses to apply for DIC or pension benefits. As always each surviving spouse will meet with one or more of our ladies who specialize in surviving spouse benefits. VA has been approving some DIC claims where the veteran was service connected for hearing loss or PTSD and died from a heart attack. With rational being that hypertension can be caused by either of these conditions. I would suggest that if your spouse was service connected for a disability that could cause hypertension and they died from a heart attack that we look at your case.
Joan Baxter and Gracy Taylor were pushed to their limit Thursday morning processing seven veterans who received a one hundred percent rating for their service connected disabilities along with the ladies who were approved for the DIC benefit. As most of you know our Oklahoma State Government has extra benefits for the veterans who receive a one hundred percent VA rating for their service connected disabilities. For those of you who received a rating of sixty percent or higher there are other OK. State benefits that you are entitled to receive. If you did not return for a follow up visit after receiving a VA rating I urge everyone to return to find out what we can do for you today.
For those of you who are keeping up with our building plans we are almost ready to begin construction. OEC has set the Electric Meter, Newcastle Water Department has set our Water Meter we are hoping that Oklahoma Natural Gas will be able to install a gas line to our facility. If any of you have contacts with ONG we would appreciate any help that you could give us in making Natural Gas available to Veteran’s Corner’s new home.
Jerry Baxter, our treasurer continues to keep us operating in the black most of the time. For those of you who would like to be a part of our team we are a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non- profit with your donations being tax deductible. We also accept the donations of cars, trucks and handicapped items that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds to support what we do. Jerry can be reached at 405 833-0773 or at the Goldsby Community Center any Thursday morning.
John Carter is our go to guy for questions about the new building that Veteran’s Corner will be building. If you have not stopped by our site, it is one and one half miles west of interstate 35 on highway 9 west. We have a Veteran’s Corner sign there on the north side of highway 9 just west of Western. John can be reached at 404-202 1999.
Barbara Barb is the point of contact for Women’s Veterans participation in the Norman Veteran’s Day parade. If you know of a woman veteran who would like to take part in this significant day please contact Barbara at (405) 618-8312.
We have four transportation vans we use daily to take veterans to their VA appointments. Our drivers were busy transporting a total of 24 passengers to and from their VA medical appointments this week. Clayton Lee (405-684-8860) transported 13 veterans while driving 712 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 6 veterans while driving 401 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 340 miles with 5 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 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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