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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"
Our Oklahoma legislatures are looking into to the number of veteran suicides in our state. Last year there were 173 in our state alone. Veteran’s Corner was asked to go to the State Capitol and John Carter will be their point of contact. There was a great article this past Monday in The Oklahoman about veteran suicides and Veteran’s Corner.
As much as I hate to say it, I made a mistake in last week’s newspaper column giving the wrong date for the Ground Breaking for our new Veterans Corner facility. The correct date is November 22, 2014 at 10 AM at our property located on the North side of highway 9 just west of West of Interstate 35 near Western Avenue. We are inviting all of our veterans and their families to be a part of this Ground Breaking Celebration. For any questions please call Harold Harvell at 405-596-8755 or John Carter at 405-202-1999. John is working on many aspects of our building project with his main focus today to have all of our permits in place before our scheduled Ground Breaking. We believe that a Veteran’s Corner home will be a place where all veterans and their surviving spouses will be able to access the benefits they may be entitled to receive. We will have a copy of our proposed facility blue prints for anyone to view at the Goldsby Community Center.
Last Thursday morning there were one hundred and thirty seven veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted with their VA claims and questions. Of that number there were eight veterans who recently received a VA disability rating of 100% for their service connected disabilities. These veterans were both male and female who received that rating. A few years ago most veterans were men and now with the military allowing women in almost every career field that are changing dramatically. We encourage all veterans and surviving spouses who are approved or denied by VA to return for a follow up visit. The main reason we do that for those denied is I don’t want a veteran or surviving spouse to give up possible VA benefits. We will be able to help most veterans and surviving spouse be approved. When I first started helping veterans twenty five years ago it seemed like most claims for VA benefits were denied the first time. I would always ask the veteran to obtain more evidence in support of their disability for service connection and then request VA reconsider their denial which would ultimately be approved most of the time. Today, since the VA has started using the new Disability Benefits Questionnaires most cases are being approved the first time around. Most of the veterans that we see today have better medical records than what many of us had when we served in the military in the past. Most of those who are getting out of the military today have an opportunity to file claims for VA benefits before being discharged. This makes for a much better chance for the veteran to have access to all records in their personal and medical records folders.
Shirley and her ladies were able to assist fourteen surviving spouses to file for DIC or Pension benefits based on their spouse’s military service. She is available each Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center or at 405-361-9322. Since being approved as a VA Claims Agent I receive all of the decisions from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the veterans and surviving spouses who I represent as their POA. This enables me to review each decision that VA makes and to make sure that each person receives the VA benefits they are entitled to. The services we provide to assist veterans and surviving spouses are free to everyone who needs our help. As a 501-(c) (3) we operate on the funds that the people who we assist donate to us to Pay It Forward to the next veteran or surviving spouse who needs help. We cannot provide these services without assistance from the men and women who we assist each week. We are going to start sending letters out to the veterans and spouses who I represent telling them of benefits that they could be eligible for after receiving a VA rating decision. In these letters we will encourage all of them to return for a follow up visit. I especially want any veteran who was denied to return and see Harold Reed or Dale Graham. Any surviving spouses who were denied please return to see Shirley Clark Cowdin. This goes for anyone who has ever received a denial of benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We want to make sure that every veteran and surviving spouse receives every benefit that they are eligible for.
There were twenty veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits Thursday. Most of these were filed by using the Informal claim process. This allows us to establish a start date for the veteran. The VA payment for those approved for benefits is the month after a claim is filed. After the informal claim is filed the veteran has one year to file what is called a Fully Developed Claim which means everything is submitted by the veteran that VA will need to process their claim. This system has certainly improved the time and the quality of decisions that are made by our VA Regional Office in Muskogee. I do feel sorry for the veterans who are filing their claims in other states. I continually receive horror stories from veterans who live in some other states whose claims have languished for years at their VA Regional Offices.
One of my rules that I try to follow is to never file a Notice of Disagreement on a VA decision. I don’t believe I have ever lost one of those in the years we have been assisting veterans. What I have seen though, it has taken three or more years to receive a decision that could have been made at the regional office if the veteran had provided the evidence needed to VA to support their request for service connection of a disability.
Our Veteran’s Corner Treasurer Jerry Baxter has got to have the best job on Thursday morning. Jerry and his wife Joan get to talk to all of the veterans who recently received a one hundred percent rating along with the surviving spouses who were just approved for the DIC payments. They are able to help those who are eligible to apply for the Champ-VA medical insurance for the veterans spouse and dependents, property tax benefits, sales tax, Reduced Auto tags, Fishing and Hunting Licenses along with the applications for Military Commissary ID cards. Maybe they will let me have their job sometime. For those of you who would like to support our Veteran’s Helping Veterans please consider being a donor to our programs at Veteran’s Corner. As a 501-(c) (3) non –profit all donations are tax deductible for you. What we receive is used to support veterans and their needs. Everyone you see at Veteran’s Corner is a volunteer including myself are there to help our veterans and surviving spouses. We also accept donations of automobiles, Handicapped equipment, or anything that could be used by veterans or sold to raise funds to assist them. Each week we will have more request for assistance from our benevolence fund than we can provide. Our main goal is to provide to those who are in the most desperate need. Each application received is reviewed by at least two members of our board before a decision is made to provide or deny assistance.
This year Veteran’s Corner is having a Christmas/ Appreciation Dinner for all current and past volunteers at the Goldsby Community Center December 4th at 7PM. This will require a RSVP at least one week before the date. Please call or e-mail Dale at email@example.com or 405-550-8806 or call Shirley at 405-361-9322.
We have four transportation vans we use daily to take veterans to their VA appointments. Our drivers were busy transporting a total of 14 passengers to and from their VA medical appointments this week. Clayton Lee (405-684-8860) transported 7 veterans while driving 438 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 3 veterans while driving 271 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 401 miles with 7 passengers. 4My 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 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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