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"
Our volunteer of the week is Army Veteran Keith Riggins. He has spent the last seven years as a volunteer for Veteran’s Corner helping other veterans and their families. He and his wife Amy reside in Moore Oklahoma. Keith has proven himself as a friend to all veterans since he has been a volunteer at Goldsby. We appreciate Keith as a volunteer who brings his knowledge of the VA claims process and his passion to help others. Thanks Keith!
We were privileged to have a distinguished visitor Major General Myles Deering to Veteran’s Corner last week. General Deering was recently appointed VA Secretary, Adjutant General by Governor Mary Fallin. I appreciate any opportunity we have to discuss the needs of our veteran community with our leaders. General Deering, thank you for spending your morning with the veterans and surviving spouse in our state.
As many of you know we now have an Outreach Coordinator. Mr. Alfred Hollis has taken on the job of scheduling volunteers to assist veterans and surviving spouses at other locations for special programs. This week on Wednesday February 25th he has a group going to McAlister to the Southeast Expo Center located 4500 W Hwy 270 from 10 am till 2pm. We will have volunteers available to file claims for VA benefits there. On March 7th Alfred will have a team at Council Roads Baptist Church NW 30th and Council in Bethany, Ok. From 9am to 1pm. Our volunteers will be available to assist veterans and surviving spouses to file informal claims for VA benefits. Please bring the Veterans DD-214 or other discharge papers.
As always, I have great experiences each Thursday morning that I like to share. In November of 2014 we assisted the surviving spouse of a Vietnam veteran apply for DIC benefits. This lady had lost her husband in 1994 to Ischemic Heart Disease caused by exposure to Agent Orange. She had been living off of Social Security only for several years. When we filed her claim with VA we asked for accrued benefits (this is payments that the veteran may have been eligible to receive from VA) along with DIC payments. I received her decision from VA a few days ago showing that VA was sending her seventeen thousand dollars for the accrued benefits and two hundred and fifty five thousand dollars back pay for the DIC benefits. She came out Thursday for help applying for the Champ VA Medical Insurance, tax exempt card and other Oklahoma state Benefits. This lady would not have known about possible benefits if one of her church members had not told her about Veteran’s Corner and what we do to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families. Please remember the VA will not come to the veteran or their surviving spouse to tell them they may be eligible to receive VA benefits. As I have said many times before our volunteers have the best job in town when it comes to making a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.
I’m very proud to announce that the City of Newcastle has approved our building plans for our Veteran’s Corner facility on the land that the Bill Reed family gave to for this project. I spoke to our Building Committee Chairman John Carter this morning on what our most urgent needs were. He says that Gary and Danny Medlin will dig and pour the footing as soon as the weather will cooperate. We are currently asking for a donation of # 4 rebar for the floor. The engineering drawing requires rebar on twelve inch centers on the entire floor area. This will take nine hundred and eighty twenty foot sticks to complete this part of our project. If you have some # 4 half inch rebar’s please contact John? To make a specific donation for the purchase please stop by and see Jerry or John. We also need some two by twelve’s to be used for concrete forms by our floor crew. Currently we also have a need for concrete blocks to construct a safe room. Our plumbers have said that they could use some pex pipe along with a one thousand gallon septic tank and the pipe needed for that. The more building supplies we can have donated leave more money that we can use to assist veterans and their families with their needs. Crews from Oklahoma Natural Gas were staking the location for our gas pipeline last week for our building. I’m still looking for a twenty ton heat and air package unit for our great room. We will also need several smaller units for the office areas.
Last Thursday we set two new records at Veteran’s Corner, first there were twenty seven surviving spouses who were assisted by our ladies. Second there were thirty seven veterans who filed their first claim for VA benefits. These numbers are quite extraordinary to me. Do you wonder why anyone would drive two hundred miles to receive help from our volunteers? Personally I know it is because we get results when a veteran or surviving spouse files a claim for VA benefits.
Shirley along with our lady helpers did process those twenty seven ladies Thursday morning. If the number of surviving spouses we see continues to increase we will need to ask for a few more volunteers to join our group of ladies who work with Shirley. For those of you who have been considering being a part of what we do now is a good time to start. I wrote about the lady who received the large amount of back DIC payments earlier she is the 3rd or 4th surviving spouse who has gotten over two hundred thousand dollars in the last year. Sometimes when people receive a decision from VA granting benefits the veteran or the surviving spouse does not return to see us. When this happens they sometimes miss out on all of the other benefits that they are eligible to receive.
Most of those thirty seven veterans who filed their first claim for benefits Thursday should be eligible to receive both VA Health Care and service connection for their injuries. We are continuing to ask for service connection of hearing loss and tinnitus for most veterans who we see. We do this because of the acoustic trauma that veterans were exposed to while in the military. Some of the most common noise hazards were gunfire, artillery, diesel engines, aircraft engines, compressors along with a host of other very loud noises. In 2002 the VA said that it was presumptive that many veterans were exposed to noise hazards. This means that many veterans could be service connected for hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in ears) if they worked in a noise hazardous environment while in the military.
Our treasurer Jerry Baxter takes care of our Benevolence fund that we use to assist veterans and their families. Some of these types of expenses are rents, utilities, fuel, auto repair, food boxes and many other types of unmet needs. The only funding we receive is the donations that come from the veterans and spouses who we help. As a 501-(C) (3) non-profit your donations to Veterans Corner are Tax Deductible. We also accept the donations of cars, trucks and handicapped items to be given veterans or sold to raise funds to provide services to veterans. No one at Goldsby received receives any kind payments for the work that we do for veterans or surviving spouses. We are all volunteers who are trying to improve the lives of the men and women who have served our country. I believe that if we do not help each other no one is going to.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 Zaker 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 email@example.com 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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