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
Click here to download the Veterans Corner Donation Form today.
"Veterans Helping Veterans"
Each year as I write our Annual Newsletter I feel blessed to be a part of Veteran’s Corner. It is amazing to work with our volunteers to improve the lives of thousands of Veterans and Surviving Spouses by guiding them through the steps to receive the VA benefits they are eligible for. It is the most rewarding thing many of us have ever done. Many people ask me how our volunteers can give so much of their time assisting veterans and their families. I always tell them we are “Veterans Helping Veterans” and if we don’t help each other who will take care of our families when we are gone?
During 2014 our volunteers assisted over six thousand veterans and more than five hundred surviving spouses of veterans with their claims and questions about VA benefits. We will send this letter out to over fifteen thousand people who we have assisted over the past ten years to receive VA benefits. One of the reasons that I write this is to let our veterans and their families to know about the many changes that have occurred within the VA system.
I have been accredited by the Veterans Administration in Washington DC as a Claims Agent for our veterans and their families. As always we will continue to provide our services free to all. This accreditation allows me to receive a copy of each decision that the VA makes on veterans and surviving spouses who I am the P.O.A. for. I will now be able to send each person who I represent a letter detailing what you are eligible to receive from VA and our State of Oklahoma or if your case is denied to return for a visit with me. Some of the veterans and surviving spouses who we have assisted in the past did not return for a follow up visit after receiving a VA decision which has led to many of them not receiving all of the benefits that they could be eligible for.
Our planned Veteran’s Corner Center on Highway 9 west of Interstate 35 is going to be a reality in 2015. The dirt work for the entry, parking lots and building site is complete. We have ordered an 80x100 red iron metal building kit at cost from BBM of Oklahoma City with a delivery date of January 2015. We would like to thank some of the people and companies who have provided guidance, labor or materials on this building project:
Land Donated by Bill & Donna Reed of Norman, B & F Construction of Blanchard Dirt Work, Kathy Reed of Tile and Design in Oklahoma City is donating the Tile, Plumbing Labor by Graham’s Water Works of Edmond, Architectural Services donated by Jim Luther &Gene Lavaastida, Retention Study- Jeffery Dixon, Concrete Footing donated by Medlin Foundations of Norman- Gary and Danny Medlin, Civil Engineering by Bo Burris, Electrical Contracting donated by Gary Schaffner of Schaffner-Valouch of Norman, Strong support from the City of Newcastle Staff along with Mayor Carl Nails and City Planner Ian Crittenden, Survey by Tony Cole and Pinnacle Consulting, Anthony Reiss of Arrow Resources and Reiss Painting will be assisting us with the Interior projects. We have and continue to receive support from the Northern District McClain County Commissioner Benny McGowan, McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett along with the Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester. We also greatly appreciate the Legal Guidance of Stan Ward of Norman.
Veteran’s Corner needs the financial assistance from the men and women who we have helped to be able to finish the veteran’s facility. We are asking you to pay it forward. Your donations enable us to help the thousands of other veterans and surviving spouses who need assistance in Oklahoma. I have enclosed a donation form that can be used to make a monthly credit card contribution or a one-time donation. As a 501 (c ) (3) your contributions to Veteran’s Corner are tax deductible. We appreciate those who served in the United States Military. Thank You for your service and that of your family!
Most veterans who served during WW II and Korea will be eligible to receive VA compensation for hearing loss caused by noise exposure while serving in the military. In 2002 the VA stated that it was presumptive that military members who served in noise hazardous job had hearing loss and tinnitus. This means that infantry, artillery, engine rooms, aircraft mechanics or other jobs where the veteran was exposed to the acoustic trauma of loud noise could receive service connection for these conditions. If you have not applied for benefits please stop by to see one of our volunteers to do so. If you are receiving benefits you may be entitled to a higher amount.
Anyone who served at the Marine Base Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 was exposed to chemicals in the water. Veterans and their families who lived there have developed many types of illnesses that were caused by the contaminated water. I encourage every veteran who was stationed there to sign up online for the Camp Lejeune Registry and for all family members who were there to do likewise.
During the Vietnam War a chemical known as Agent Orange was used extensively in that country. All military members who served there are presumed to have been exposed to that chemical. Surviving spouses of a veteran who served in that country you may be eligible to receive VA benefits. For questions on this please contact Shirley at 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806. There was a VA Court Case called the Nehmer Ruling where the VA was sued and lost and it states that any veteran who served in Vietnam and was diagnosed with Ischemic Heart Disease, Parkinson’s or Hairy Cell Leukemia the veteran or their surviving spouse could receive retroactive benefits. We have had veterans who received over five hundred thousand dollars and surviving spouses who have received over three hundred thousand. Recently we had a surviving spouse in Norman who was awarded back pay DIC benefits for over twenty six years.
There is also a Gulf War Registry that VA established for those who served in the first Gulf War. Many Veterans have been diagnosed with illnesses that are presumptive to those who served in that war. We have applications available to sign up for that registry also. Please help us to encourage all veterans who served in that war to sign up for that Registry.
Another benefit that is not well known is the Justice Department’s payments to Atomic Veterans (those who were present during an Atomic Test or part of the cleanup) who were diagnosed with certain types of cancers. This testing was done in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Veterans or their survivors may be eligible to receive a seventy thousand dollar payment. Some of these veterans will have a certificate showing their participation in their military records. We have several volunteers who can assist in filing for this benefit.
Currently we are still using the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday morning to assist our veterans and their surviving spouse with their claims and questions about VA benefits. When we are ready to move to our new location we will send out an email and postcard to all of the veterans who we have an address for.
Dale Graham, Veteran’s Corner- VA Accredited Claims Agent
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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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