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"
Each week one of the toughest jobs I have is selecting a volunteer of the week. The men and women who spend their Thursdays assisting veterans and their spouses receive VA benefits are some of the kindest and caring folks I have ever met. This week we are recognizing one of our IT guys, Mr. Al Ingle. Al spends his time helping our IT department keep all of our laptops and printers running smoothly. Recently he has had some knee problems but will be back on the job before long. Thank You Al for all of the time and work you have put in to bring Veteran’s Corner to the Computer Age.
We are looking for some younger veterans who would like to become volunteers at Veteran’s Corner. If you feel that your experience might be beneficial to others please consider becoming a part of what we do. Being able to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families is one of the most rewarding things that many of us have ever done. There is a need for someone to care and understand about what many of you have been though. Please consider becoming a part of what we do each Thursday morning. When we have our own facility we will have other hours available for people who care about our veterans. Thank You for your service!
I have received calls from seven veterans in the last week who were contacted by someone saying that Veteran’s Corner was no longer assisting veterans and that they should move their claims to their location. As usual there are some individuals who are jealous of what our local men and women have been able to do for our veterans and their families. It looks to me like if they put in as much time helping veterans and their families as it seems they do complaining about what we do the veteran community would be better off.
Last Thursday we were very busy at the Goldsby Community Center with over one hundred and fifty veterans and surviving spouses being assisted with their claims for VA benefits. There were twenty five or so who arrived after we had reached our limit. These men and women were asked to return earlier next Thursday to make sure they would be seen. One of our volunteers arrives at 5:30 AM to begin passing out the sign in sheets. Maybe when we have our new building we will not have to turn people away. There were nine veterans who received ratings of one hundred percent for their service connected disabilities. We see some veterans that may have been receiving compensation from WW II and are just now asking for a re-evaluation of some of their old injuries. The VA has systems in place that allow many injuries or disabilities to be re-evaluated as they become more severe. If a veteran’s service connected disability such as a knee requires surgery they can ask the VA for a temporary one hundred percent rating during convalescence. I see veterans all of the time who are having surgery or be undergoing treatment for a service connected disability that might qualify for a temporary rating. If VA rated you or your spouse at the one hundred percent rate before our Oklahoma State legislature and Governor approved the sales tax and property tax benefits these could be available to you. I meet many surviving spouses who receive the VA DIC benefit and are not aware of the sales tax relief they are eligible to receive from our state. Some of these surviving spouses did not know about the Champ VA medical insurance that is free to the veterans spouse and dependents. If you have any questions about these benefits please stop by and see us or give us a call.
There were eighteen surviving spouses who were assisted Thursday in applying for either the VA DIC or Pension benefits based on their spouses military service. With today’s military having increased the number of jobs that females serve we will be seeing an increase in the number of spouses who are husbands of military members. We have only filed a few DIC claims for a few men whose wives served in the military. Shirley and our ladies who work with the surviving spouses of veterans are providing a very important service to our community. I’m very proud of what these ladies bring to veterans corner each Thursday morning. I know that the veterans who we are helping to receive benefits are telling their spouses where to go if something ever happens to them. Shirley can be reached at 405-361-9322 or Dale at 405 550-8806
There were twenty nine veterans both male and female who filed their first claim for VA benefits Thursday. Most of these were filed using the new VA informal claim form. There were two couples who were both veterans that filed their first claims for VA benefits last week. I wonder which veteran’s claim will be worked first the husband or the wife? When I first started helping veterans there were two brothers who had joined the Navy together in nineteen fifty, both were assigned to the same ship. One of them was approved for a one hundred percent rating and the other was denied. We had filed a claim for hearing loss for both of them as they had the same job on a five inch gun and both suffered severe hearing loss. It took us several years to finally have the second brother approved for the one hundred percent rating also. We will see how the husband and wife’s claims are handled by the VA today.
The VA is making many changes in the claims process that may or may not be an improvement for our nation’s veterans and their families. As we move forward in the next few months I will keep you updated on the progress that is made.
I would like to talk about our Veteran’s Corner facility that we are building for our veterans and their families. As we move forward in the next few months we will be looking for interior construction materials along with Heating and Cooling Equipment. As we move forward with this project we have many needs that will be required. Weather permitting we will be ready to pour the floor of our building by Friday March 27th. For information please contact Harold Harvell @ 405-596 -8755, John Carter @ 405-202-1999, and Dale Graham @ 405 550-8806.
We have two funds that we are currently using: one is our Benevolence Fund that is used to provide assistance to veterans and their families. This could be utility payments, food items, medical testing or most any other type of emergency expenses. The other is our Building Fund which is used to pay for materials and labor for our planned veteran’s facility. As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit donations to veterans corner are tax deductible. Our treasurer Mr. Jerry Baxter has the job of keeping us operating in the black. We accept the donation of cars, trucks, handicapped equipment or most anything that can be used by veterans or sold to raise funds.
Alfred Hollis, our Outreach Coordinator for Veteran’s Corner can be contacted to have Veteran’s Corner volunteers come to your church or civic organization to give claims assistance. Alfred can be reached at 405-250-6304.
Jimmy Flowers is in charge of the operation of our Food Pantry. Our food pantry has boxes made up and available at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday morning for families who need them. Jim can be reached at 405-691-3878.
If you or someone you know needs a ride to VA medical appointments or to Goldsby on Thursdays please contact Greg Kelsch at 405-255-2208, Fred Zacher at 405-447-2482, Richard Judd 5405-573-0926, or Clayton Lee at 405-684-8860.
One of the most common disabilities we are see 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 between the years of 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 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 a Veteran’s Corner Representative at 405-550-8806 or myself at 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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