I don’t know about all of you, but I have had all of the stay at home that I can handle. Just month or so ago, I wanted to take a day off and sleep in, and now I can hardly wait for our restrictions to be lifted so we can go back to our lifestyles. Even though we are closed at our Veterans Foundation, we continue to receive many phone calls and mail from veterans and the VA rating decisions. We are continuing to see most veteran claims for benefits approved by VA that we had helped them earlier this year. Several veterans have called me saying the VA has started evaluating their disabilities using computers for virtual hearings. I think it is a good idea for all of us to do everything we can from home.
We would like to honor our Board member, Darla Jackson today. Darla is a member of the Law Library staff at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Prior to working at OU, she served as the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) Practice Management Advisor, providing assistance to attorneys in using technology and other tools to efficiently manage their offices.
While at the OBA, she was involved with Oklahoma access to justice initiatives. Access to Justice is a cause to which she is committed. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the OBA Access to Justice Committee. She supports the OBA Heroes Program, which provides legal advice and assistance to those who have honorably served this country and are unable to afford to hire an attorney. She is also a member of the OBA Military & Veterans Law Section, Indian Law Section, and Law Office Management and Technology Section. Thank you, Darla, for your time and support for the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation.
Last week 28 veterans received a disability rating of 100% for their service-connected disabilities. This group will receive a combined annual $1,180,440. They will also be eligible for the state benefits of sales tax exemptions, property tax exemptions, and other benefits that our state provides for disabled veterans. Fifty-five veterans were awarded disability ratings from 10% to 90% and will receive a combined annual $1,063,869. This group of men and women will be eligible for VA Health Care, and some of them may also be eligible for other state benefits. Three surviving spouses were awarded benefits totaling $46,899 a year.
If you would like to help us make a difference, we welcome your support. We spend over $30,000 each month in direct support of the veterans and family members we serve. We transport many homeless veterans to our Norman location each week to help make a difference in the lives of the men and women who have served in the military. As you know, we are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and are wholly dependent on donations from the people we serve and local grants. We are not funded by a government entity, all the funds it takes to operate our facility and to assist veterans with medical testing, and other expenses come in the form of grants from local companies or other veterans. For those of you who would like to support the program, your gifts are always appreciated and may be tax-exempt. You can shop items from our Amazon charity list to stock our food pantry and shop AmazonSmile with us as the charity – we will receive .5% of your eligible purchases. If you are interested in including us in a gift, please contact Lora at 405-550-8806, ext. 101. Monetary donations can be made online or mailed to PO Box 592, Washington, OK, 73093.
For the latest updates about our reopening, please visit our Facebook page and website dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org
Stay healthy! Our prayers are with all of you and your families during this time of trial in our country.
Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation