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
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"Veterans Helping Veterans"
We will be closed November the 27th Thanksgiving Day for our volunteers to spend time with their families.
On a regular basis we receive requests to speak at events or to provide representatives from Veteran’s Corner to assist with veterans’ claims or surviving spouse benefits at other locations than Goldsby. Last Sunday morning Shirley Clark-Cowdin her husband Don and I were invited to the Southgate Pentecostal Holiness in Moore to speak at their Veteran’s Day program. I always appreciate the opportunity to let all of our veterans and their families to know about the VA benefits that may be available to them. We have asked one of our volunteers Mr. Alfred Hollis to take the lead and schedule all of these. He is available every Thursday morning at Goldsby or he can be reached at 405-205-6304.
Last week forty five of our volunteers tool time off from their busy schedules to attend Junior Service Officer Training both Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City. The training was sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. One of the main speakers was Mr. Jason McClellan- the Director of the Muskogee VA Regional Office. He is the guiding light behind the many improvements that have been going on at the Muskogee VA. It was just a year ago that our veterans were waiting up to a year or more for a rating decision. With his leadership many of the claims that Veterans Corner sends in are finished in less than ninety days. That certainly makes life better for our veterans who have given so much of themselves to our country. A Thank You goes out to all of the speakers and instructors who spent Friday and Saturday helping to train all of the volunteers who were there. We appreciate these types of training programs that enable us to better serve our veterans and their surviving spouses. I’m going to list some of the speakers and instructors who were there and the organization who they represent. Introductions were made by Shane Faulkner. Speakers and Instructors were: Jason McClellan- Director VARO Muskogee, Richard Crockett- Director Muskogee VA Hospital, Andy Lindstrom and Kate Martin-VA Pensions Benefits Center, Rob Arrington- Oklahoma Veterans Center Program Administrator, Catherine Meridth-ODVA Women’s Veterans Coordinator, Tara Price-ODVA Native American Veterans Coordinator, Terry Scantlon -VA Education Benefits, Kathryn Wentzel-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Amy Snyder -Instructor on Fully Developed Claims for Muskogee VA, Sandy Psomas -VA Appeal Specialist, and Teresa McGrath-Dependency Specialist. Thank you to each of you who gave your time and energy for our training. We appreciate you.
Veteran’s Corner is having a Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Dinner Thursday Dec 4, 2014. Doors open at 5pm with dinner at 6pm at the Goldsby Community Center. All former and present volunteers along with their spouses are invited to attend. The meal will be catered, we will need a RSVP by Monday the 1st of December to Shirley at 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405-550-8806.
Our volunteer of the week Mr. Harold Reed is well known to the veterans who have been to Veteran’s Corner. Harold was one of the first volunteers to join us in our organization. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a Helicopter Crew Chief/Door Gunner. With his knowledge, experience and can do attitude Harold has made a difference in the lives of countless veterans and their families. I would also like to recognize his wife Jacki for supporting our mission. Thanks to both of you for making a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.
Last Thursday morning the parking lot at our Goldsby Community Center was nearly full when I arrived at 6 am. There were one hundred and fifteen veterans and surviving spouses who were waiting for the doors to open. People asked me all of the time why so many people travel from all over our state to be at Goldsby so early each week. The reason is the people who are here to help them. Last week a Vietnam era B-52 Air Force Pilot from Oregon was here who had called me several weeks ago wanting to know if we could assist him with his application for VA benefits. He called me the next morning before his flight out to say that he had never been to a place where everyone was so friendly and helpful. He also said there was nothing like Veteran’s Corner in the state of Oregon. I asked him to let me know how his VA claim for benefits goes.
There were nine veterans who received ratings on one hundred percent from the Muskogee VA Regional Office for their service connected disabilities. These men and women were assisted to file for the other state and federal benefits that they are now entitled to receive. I meet people all of the time who received ratings from VA and then did not return to apply for benefits that their VA rating may entitle them to receive. Lately I have been sending out letters to each person I represent who receives a rating decision telling them what other benefits they may be able to receive.
Shirley and our other surviving spouse specialist processed eight applications for Pension or DIC last Thursday morning. Many of these claims are being processed in just a month or so by the Pension Benefits Center in Minnesota. Our ladies are using the Fully Developed Claim forms to file all of these types of claims. We also use the Informal claim form on their first visit to establish a date of claim. This will allow the spouse time to obtain all of the evidence needed to prove her application for VA surviving spouse benefits. As always I encourage all surviving spouses of veterans to visit with Shirley or one of our other ladies about possible VA benefits. Shirley is available each Thursday morning or call her at 405-361-9322.
There were twenty six veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits last week. Nearly all of these were filed using the informal claims process which gives the veteran time to obtain evidence in support of their claim for VA benefits. We also print off VA Disability Benefit Questionnaires that the veteran can have filled out by their medical provider. By using this system many of their claims for disability compensation can be decided in just a few months. If you are a veteran who has not visited with one of our volunteers or me please do so. Too many of our veterans are dying leaving their spouses without VA benefits. It is much easier for the veteran to prove service connection of a disability than for the widow after the veteran’s death.
Mr. John Carter says everything is on go with the engineering studies and drawing for the Veteran’s Corner facility almost complete. Each week I want to see the concrete work starting for this project. It seems to me that once we have that part done we will be ready to really move forward. I’m looking for one of our veterans who will volunteer to build a pipe fence across the front of our property. Mr. Billy Atkins has donated some pipe for the post and I will ask BJ’s Construction from Blanchard to provide the rest of it. For any questions about our building project John can be reached at 405-202-1999.
Our Benevolence fund enables us to help many veterans and their spouses in our community. Each week we receive requests for assistance from many of our friends and neighbors in Oklahoma. We are going to use this fund to help those who are in the most severe need. Not everyone who asks will receive. We are limited to the amount of assistance we can provide to each family who makes a request. The only money we have is what is given by the men and women who we assist each week. As a 501-©(3) non -profit your donations are tax deductible. We also accept donations of cars, trucks, Handicapped equipment or most anything that can be given to veterans and their spouses or sold to raise funds. Each week our Treasurer Mr. Jerry Baxter gives us an accounting of everything that is donated and all of our operating expenses. Needless to say some weeks we operate in the red with others in the black. Jerry along with one of our other board members reviews each application for assistance. After careful consideration a decision is made to approve or deny each one individually. Each week there will be request for rents, fuel, propane, medical testing,etc. One of our biggest expenses is the operation of the four vans that are used to transport veterans to their VA appointments on a daily basis.
Drivers Greg 545 miles 5 passengers
Clayton 621 miles 8 passengers
Make some up for the other one
We have four transportation vans we use daily to take veterans to their VA appointments. Our drivers were busy transporting a total of 16 passengers to and from their VA medical appointments this week. Clayton Lee (405-684-8860) transported 8 veterans while driving 621 miles. Greg Kelsch (405-255-2208) transported 5 veterans while driving 545 miles, and Wesley Timmerman(405-301-3768) drove 298 miles with 3 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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