August 24, 2020
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation Weekly Newsletter
LETTER FROM DALE K. GRAHAM
Our organization has suffered the same as our veterans and other small businesses since this pandemic reached our shores. Many of the veterans and surviving spouses who we assist are the most vulnerable to the virus. To protect them along with our volunteers, we temporarily suspended our operations several months ago.
We will continue accepting claims that are mailed to our PO Box 592 Washington, Oklahoma 73093 address. If you are a new client and need to send your claim by mail, please visit our website at www.dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org and fill out an intake sheet along with a list of your disabilities that are currently rated by VA or have been denied. Also, enclose a copy of your DD-214, a completed VA Form 21- 22A signed 2x, and a VA Form 21-0966 signed 1x.
If you are a current client and you need to send your DBQs or other follow-up documents, you can also mail those to us, or you can submit them here:
We are beginning to accept a few of the men and women by appointment only who are in the most need of assistance. We are prioritizing who will be assisted in our building, starting with surviving spouses. The second group will be veterans seventy years of age or more who are not receiving VA benefits. We do not see any way that we could ever be able to serve the one hundred and fifty veterans and spouses each day as we did before. Only those who have appointments will be able to enter our building. We plan to be open three days weekly from 8 am to 12 each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Currently, we are in the process of converting everything we do to electronic files. In the future, you could be seen by a volunteer on your computer or smartphone. Our new system will enable veterans to fill out their intake sheet and other forms electronically from home. We also plan to have volunteers who will be able to assist veterans from their homes. We are investing heavily in a system to directly upload veterans’ applications for benefits into the VA computer system. No more mail!
These changes will be a life-changing experience for both our volunteers and the veterans as well as surviving spouses we serve.
Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
BY THE NUMBERS
Last week 23 veterans received a disability rating of 100% for their service-connected disabilities. These veterans 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.
24 veterans were awarded disability ratings from 10% to 90. 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. One surviving spouse was also awarded benefits.
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. A government entity does not fund us, all the funds it takes to operate our facility, and assist veterans with medical testing. 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 us at 405-550-8806, ext. 101. Monetary donations can be made online or mailed to PO Box 592, Washington, OK, 73093.