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"
Veterans Corner needs a volunteer driver for our handicapped equipped van to transport veterans to their OKC VA medical appointments. We have two other drivers who are providing this service from the Blanchard and Newcastle areas. A driver who lives in the Washington or Norman area could certainly make a difference in the lives of our veterans. Veterans Corner provides the fuel and maintains the vans. Please contact me at 405-550-8806 if you would like to volunteer your time to help serve veterans.
I would like to give all of you an invitation to visit our construction site to see for yourselves what we are going to build for our veterans and their families. Our property is located on Highway 9 a couple of miles west of I-35 on the North side of the road just past Western Ave. BJ Construction of Blanchard is making good progress on the dirt work part of Veteran’s Corner future home site with forty five hundred yards of dirt moved for the entry. They are now working on our building site along with the driveway and parking lots. We hope to have all of the dirt work finished by the end of the week. Several veterans we have assisted have volunteered their skills and supplies to help in the construction phase. At this time we are looking for someone who is able to handle the concrete work required for this veteran’s facility. For those of you who would like to be a part of this building project at Veterans Corner please contact Dale Graham @ 405-550-8806 , Jerry Baxter @ 405-833-0773 or John Carter @ 405 202-1999. As a 501 (C) (3) any donations of money or materials made to Veterans Corner should be tax deductible. With the help of the people in our community we will have a facility that can be utilized to improve the lives of the people of our state. I do appreciate everyone who believes in our quest to improve the lives of the veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much to keep us free.
On another note, Alex Gregory of the K-Love - Air 1 Christian Radio Stations, which owns four hundred and fifty stations, has shown an interest in what we do at Veteran’s Corner. Jerry Baxter has an on air interview that can be heard from their website. To listen, do a Google search for their station then click on the search button and type in Veterans Corner. It will then give you an option for the audio of the program. We also have a link on our face book page. Mr. Gregory is trying to plan a trip to coincide with our Veterans Day observance and to see where we are at on our construction project. We appreciate this opportunity to show how we are working with the VA to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families. To my way of thinking, our Muskogee VA Regional Office where most veteran’s claims in Oklahoma are worked continues to be setting an example for the rest of the United States. The veterans who furnish the information required to file a Fully Developed Claim for benefits should not have any problems receiving benefits. The problems that I see is when a veteran comes in and says he injured his back or knee while on active duty and was not treated by a medical facility. Unless the veteran has evidence of an injury while in the military these types of claims are very hard to prove. On the other hand though if a veteran worked in a noise hazardous job in the military it may be presumptive that he has hearing loss and tinnitus that could be service connected. For those veterans who served in Vietnam there are fifteen or so diseases that are presumptive to Agent Orange exposure. Many of the veterans I see who were exposed to that chemical will have some type of disability that could be service connected. The Gulf War is another example where there are many conditions that may be presumptive to service in that War. I always encourage our veterans to sign up for the registries for veterans who served in either of those wars.
The rainy weather we had last Thursday did not slow down the number of veterans and surviving spouses who found their way to Goldsby. There were one hundred and twenty three veterans and surviving spouses who were assisted by our volunteers. Of that number our ladies who handle the surviving spouse benefits were able to process fifteen of these for VA DIC or Pension benefits. The ladies who qualify for DIC will receive from twelve hundred fifty dollars to fourteen hundred fifty dollars. These ladies will also be eligible for a reduced auto tag cost, limited tax free purchases in Oklahoma and Champ VA medical insurance if their spouse was not receiving tri- care. The spouse who qualifies for pension will receive VA benefits base on their income and medical expense. Shirley can be seen any Thursday morning or call her at 405-361-9322.
There were fifteen veterans who received a VA rating of one hundred percent for their disabilities what were caused or aggravated by military service. These veterans will also be eligible to apply for the Oklahoma State benefits along with the other benefits that their families will be eligible to receive. The education benefits that are available to the dependent children of veterans who receive that rating are very important. If you have received a one hundred percent VA rating and you have dependent children please check the possible educational benefit’s out.
There were eighteen veterans who made their first application for VA benefits last week. We used the informal claim process on most of these. This system gives the veteran a start date for their request for service condition of a disability. By using that form we can give the veteran plenty of time to obtain the evidence necessary for the VA to make a decision on their request for service connection of a condition that was caused or aggravated by military service. We encourage a veteran to obtain as much evidence as possible in support of their claim before filing the VA Form 21-526 EZ. To file these Fully Developed Claims the veteran is required to send in all evidence at that time to keep the claim on the fast track process. Many of our claims are being processed by VA in only a few months using this system.
We now have both our Benevolence and our Building fund that we asked our donors to contribute to. The benevolence fund is by far the most popular one. This fund is used to assist veterans and surviving spouses with emergency grants for food, fuel, medical testing, car repair and a host of other needs that are unmet in our community. If you would like to be a Veteran’s Corner sponsor I do appreciate all of those who have partnered with us in this cause. Each week with your help we are making a difference in the lives of these men and women. Some of those we assist will Pay It Forward while others will not able to give back to help the next person who needs a hand up. Our building fund is exactly what it says this is the monies we are using to build a facility that can be used for the needs of our men and women who served in the military and their families. Jerry Baxter our treasurer can be reached at 405-833-0773 or any Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center. We accept the donation of cash, checks, credit card donations, building materials, automobiles, and handicap equipment that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds.
Last Thursday there was a lady from Oklahoma City who asked her grandson to bring her to Goldsby to apply for benefits. When they arrived she found two of her brothers were already here. None of these three knew that their siblings would be here. Needless to say they did have a reunion of sorts as they enjoyed the coffee and doughnuts. I’m just glad they we are able to assist most of them to receive some type of VA benefits.
Many of you have visited our website at veteranscorner.org but have you checked out our face book page @https://wwwfacebook.com/veteranscornerinc. We are very proud of both of these services that two of our volunteers provide. Marilyn Higgins takes care of Facebook and Robert Bovee is our website manager. We appreciate the time that both of them spend helping our veterans and surviving spouses.
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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