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 about this process contact Mr. Jerry Baxter at (405) 833-0773
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"Veterans Helping Veterans"
All of you who have stopped by Veterans Corner on a Thursday morning will recognize our volunteer of the week. Mr. Ray Stelting of Tuttle has been with us for three years. His primary job has been keeping the coffee prepared for the one hundred plus men and women who we see each Thursday morning. Ray is the first to start and one of the last to leave each week. He is always ready to help with any job that we may have. Ray is married to Diana of the home who supports his mission to support our veterans. Next time you make a visit please stop by and give him a handshake and a hello. Thanks Ray for helping us each week!
Last week there were one hundred and seven veterans and surviving spouses who stop by for assistance with their VA claims and questions. Of this number there were thirteen widows who needed help filing for DIC or Pension benefits. For the surviving spouses I wanted to give them a little information that might help them to know if they could qualify for DIC benefits. If their veteran served where any Atomic testing was done or helped with the clean up and died of Cancer or was ill with it they may qualify for VA benefits. If the veteran and spouse are both deceased their children or grandchildren may be eligible to receive a lump sum payment from the Justice Department. For the spouses of veterans who served in Viet-Nam there maybe VA benefits that are payable to them from the Department of Veterans Affairs if they became ill or died from any of the presumptive diseases caused by exposure to Agent Orange. That chemical along with other types of Herbicides were used in many other locations where veterans served. Another disability that might be presumptive for some would be Lung Cancer or COPD for veterans who served aboard Navy Ships and were exposed to asbestos. I have also found that veterans who worked around jet fuel and other types of similar products and died with certain types of leukemia’s their surviving spouses may be eligible for VA benefits. What I’m trying to say is there are many surviving spouses who are doing without that may be eligible for VA benefits. There is also VA Pension that some surviving spouses would qualify for that is based on income. For those who are in assisted living, nursing homes, or who have people assisting them at home Aid and Attendance benefits may be available from VA. There are many ways that help might be available to both veterans and surviving spouses. If you have questions, Shirley’s number is 405-361-9322 or mine is 405-550-8806. We also available every Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community Center.
There were thirteen surviving spouses who were seen by Shirley, Marilyn, Patti, Betty, Barbara, Jeannette, Gail and Marilyn R. These ladies have earned a well deserved reputation when it comes to helping the surviving spouses who make the trip for assistance each week. We provide this service free for all who need assistance with their VA claims and questions.
There were nineteen veterans that we helped to file their first claim for VA benefits. Several of these had just recently returned from their assignments overseas. I encourage all veterans both male and female to spend a morning with us talking about the benefits that may be available from VA for them. What I have seen in the many years that I have done this is many of us wait until sometimes it’s too late to receive assistance. If a veteran files a claim within one year of being discharged it has a better chance of being approved. On another note if a veteran is injured while on leave they can file for service connection of any injury that occurred even though they were not on duty. If a person in the Reserves or National Guard in injured going to or from a drill they can also file for service connection of an injury that occurred then. Last year I helped an Oklahoma National Guard Member who was involved in an auto accident in 1959 while going to a drill. We were able to establish it was a line of duty accident and to help him to receive a forty percent VA disability. Most people are not aware of the possible benefits that they are eligible to receive from VA.
We were able to assist several veterans who received a one hundred percent rating for their service connected disabilities. These men will be eligible for the benefits that our Oklahoma State Government provides for veterans who are totally disabled from the Department of veterans Affairs. Jerry Baxter takes care of those who receive this rating with help from his wife Joan, Bill and Gracy Taylor from Asher. They make sure that both the spouse and the veteran understand all of the benefits that they are eligible to receive. Jerry also takes care of our benevolence fund making sure that I don’t give away more than we have. Veterans Corner will spend thousands of dollars on veterans and surviving spouses each week with a lot of this going for medical expenses. We also use our benevolence fund to help with rents, transportation, fuel and a multitude of other needs. Sid Smith our grocery guy can be reached at 405 593-1990 or he is also available each Thursday morning at the Goldsby Community. Sid has prepared boxes of food and other household items that are available to those who need this service.
As many of you know we try to provide transportation to the OKC VA Hospital for those veterans who need this assistance. Recently we have had several veterans who are in wheelchairs request transportation to their VA appointments. To fulfill this need our Benevolence fund was used to purchase a used handicap accessible Van from our Local Reynolds Ford Dealer in Norman. I feel that they gave us our money’s worth with this purchase. I have made an appointment with Sheehy Signs on Monday for our Veterans Corner Decals like we use on our other Van. As soon as it is finished I will take some pictures for our website for folks to see. Without your help we would not be able to provide the services to our veterans and their families that are needed. Please remember that we are a 501(c) 930 non-profit with all of your donations to this cause being tax free.
I receive calls from veterans and surviving spouses about the difference we have in their lives after receiving VA benefits. These benefits can range from a few hundred dollars per month to three thousand for a hundred percent rating. Sometimes when their health conditions meet certain criteria they are eligible for up to eight thousand dollars per month from VA. An example might be if a veteran were paralyzed they might meet the criteria for the extra scheduled award each month.
Our future Building plans continue to be an important part of the future for Veterans Corner. Our Chairman of this committee Mr. John Carter of Norman is working night and day drumming up support for this project. We are meeting with the Goldsby Town Board this Tuesday night to present our plans for this project. Currently we are asking for seven and one half acres of the Airport land to build on. I will keep you informed as to what has been done for this project as we go. John Carter is available most every Thursday morning at Goldsby or he can be reached at 405-202-1999.
The Veteran Corner benevolence fund continues to be a very important tool for us to use assisting the many veterans and surviving spouses who need this service Jerry Baxter is our treasurer and if you need to call him he can be reached at 405-833-0773 or stop by Goldsby on Thursday. We are a 501 (c) (3) non- profit with all of your donations being tax free. Donations are accepted for both the benevolence fund and for our building fund. We keep these accounts separate so please specify where you want your dollars to go when making a donation. Our address is Veterans -Corner PO Box 704 Washington, OK 73093.
The Goldsby Veterans Memorial continues to be a showplace for the many visitors in our community. If you have not purchased your veteran an engraved brick please do so. All of us a very proud of what our town has accomplished with the Memorial and our Town Park. For information on the bricks please call Mr. Harold Harvell at 405-596-8755 or stop by any Thursday morning.
Clayton Lee @405-684-8860 and our other transportation drivers provide rides to veterans to the Oklahoma City VA Hospital for their appointments. If you need a ride or know a veteran who does please contact Clayton to set up a driver. For the Norman area veterans contact Harold Martin at 405-227-3239 or Robert Root at 405-919-3008. For Moore area needs contact Howard Robertson 405-205-4895.For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits we are located at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Our doors open at 7am each Thursday morning and sign in sheets are available at 5:30am. Please be there early for us to help you with your claim. We do our best to process each one in a timely manner but be prepared to stay awhile and please be patient. Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org. We have moved forward with the new technology and are now able to accept donations directly from your credit card. 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. For questions on Widow’s benefits please contact Shirley at 405-361-9322. You may also send donations to Veterans Corner P.O. Box 704 Washington, OK 73093.
You can contact me at 405-550-8806 or email@example.com Semper Fi!
Dale K. Graham Post 4890 VFW Service Officer
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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 with their VA claims for benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our mission at Veterans Corner is to assist each Veteran, their widows and families every step of the way throughout this process.
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 a Veterans Corner volunteer 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, 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 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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Our mission at Veterans Corner is "To Honor the Dead by Serving the Living" through fraternal, patriotic, historical, and educational means to:
1. Preserve and Strengthen comradeship among its members.
2. Assist worthy comrades.
3. Perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and assist their widows and orphans.
4. Maintain true allegiance to the Government of the U.S. and fidelity to its Constitution.
5. Foster true patriotism.
6. Maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom.
7. Preserve and defend the United States from all enemies, whomsoever!