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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"
Information that could prove valuable to many of our veterans from the Vietnam War to our current Wars has been released through Stars and Stripes and other news outlets. There was a Federal Class Action Lawsuit filed in March of 2014 on behalf of Vietnam Veterans who received Other than Honorable Discharges. This means that up to eighty thousand veterans can use evidence of PTSD to petition service boards to upgrade their discharge. Defense Secretary Mr. Chuck Hagel directed that boards for correction of military records to “Fully and carefully consider every petition based on PTSD brought by every veteran”. He instructed boards to give “Liberal Consideration” to any language found in service medical records one or more symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria of PTSD or related conditions. Liberal consideration must also be used when veteran’s civilian providers have diagnosed PTSD. For those veterans who would like to apply for an upgraded discharge use a DD-149
Veteran’s Corner has been asked to participate with the Tulsa Elks Lodge Members and the Wounded Warriors Project on Saturday the 27th of September from 10 am till 7 pm at their Tulsa location 5335 South Harvard. We will be assisting veterans and surviving spouses to apply for VA benefits and to order their military records. We will also be able to assist with any questions that veterans may have.
Thursday morning there were one hundred and thirty eight veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted with their VA claims and questions by our volunteers. Seventeen of them were veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. We continue to use the Fully Developed Claim process which is helping the Department of Veterans Affairs to process the veteran’s claims much quicker. The time it is taking VA to make a decision has been cut in half or better with many claims being finished in sixty to ninety days. Just a year ago it was taking a year or more for many decisions.
Our ladies who assist surviving spouses were able to help sixteen of them to apply for DIC or Pension benefits. Every week I receive many decisions from the VA Pension benefits center in Minnesota approving benefits for surviving spouses. It usually averages three approved for one denied. I always tell any of these surviving spouses to return if their claim is denied. Those who persevere have a much better chance of being approved. In other words don’t take no for an answer. For questions please call Shirley at 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806.
Joan Baxter and Gracy Taylor processed seven veterans who received a one hundred percent rating for their service connected disabilities. Those who receive that rating will be eligible to receive the Oklahoma State tax benefits along with the Champ VA medical insurance for their spouse and dependents if they are not retired military. Joan and Gracy also assist the surviving spouses who are approved for DIC benefits to obtain the state benefits that they may qualify for. Another important benefit that some of these veterans receive is the free ten thousand dollar life insurance. Not all veterans will be eligible for the life insurance. As always I encourage every person to return after receiving any VA rating to see what benefits they may be entitled to from our state or VA. Those who receive a thirty percent rating will be eligible for extra moneys for their dependents. A rating of sixty percent and the veteran will be eligible for reduced auto tags and free Hunting and Fishing License. A ten percent rating will give the veteran the opportunity to receive a Golden Access passport. Any questions you have on our state or federal benefits please contact Joan or Gracy.
As many of you know we are in the process of getting ready to start our Veteran’s Corner facility on Highway 9 west of I-35 just past Western Ave on the north side of the road. As of today all of the monies we have for this project have been donated by the men and women who we have helped receive VA benefits. One of our Air Force Veterans Dave and Mary Bolding donated a Motor Home to Veteran’s Corner which we sold last week for ten thousand five hundred dollars that will be used in the construction of our new facility. People like the Bolding’s are going to help us make this project happen. Thanks to both of you for caring about the men and women who have served in our country’s military. Our board of directors has approved the building plans and a down payment will be made this week for the building kit. The dimensions are one hundred ft. by eighty ft. with twelve foot walls and a five twelve pitch gable roof. This will be a bolt together steel building with metal sides and roof. We will be asking for donations of many types of construction materials when we have the building dried in. I would like to use metal studs to frame up the inside walls of our facility with sheetrock and a dropped ceiling at nine or ten feet high. We are going to have a facility that can be used to help the thousands of men and women in our state who are doing without the basic necessities of life. If you have any building materials that might be used please feel free to contact us. John Carter and Harold Harvell are the two men who are keeping track of what will be needed for us to build this facility. John can be reached at 405-202-1999 and Harold at 405-596-8755 or both of them are available at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday morning.
Jerry Baxter our treasurer has implemented more stringent controls over the Veteran’s Corner benevolence fund. It seems that many people have heard that we are an easy touch when it comes to assisting them. Due to the numerous requests for assistance we have designed a new application for that purpose. We are assisting more people each week with medical testing, food boxes, gas cards and rents than we have ever before. We must ask for help every week to be able to continue our mission to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families. Jerry can be reached at 405-833-0773 with any questions about our benevolence fund. As a 501(C) (3) non -profit your donations to Veteran’s Corner are tax deductible. As always we accept Cars, Trucks, RV’s, Handicapped equipment or most anything that can be given to veterans or sold to raise funds. We do have several walkers and wheel chairs that are free to veterans or their families.
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 10 veterans while driving 894 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 10 veterans while driving 660 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 405 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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