One of the most important things that we do to support veterans and their families is give them hope that their lives will improve. Many of those who visit us have suffered from PTSD and physical disabilities caused by the injuries that occurred to them while serving in the military. We are always hearing about veterans who had taken their own lives or had turned to drugs or alcohol to deal with their problems. During my seventy plus years, I have known a lot of veterans who were not able to move on after returning from the military.
Coming home from war was and always will be one of those special moments in our lives. Where the trouble comes for some of us is the dreams and nightmares that are so real that even after all these years you’re diving for that hole and reaching for your rifle. The veterans that we see today are facing the same obstacles that veterans from every war have faced. The only difference now is there is help for those who will accept it. I always encourage the men and women who I meet to seek out the Vet Centers, VA Mental Health or anyone who can help them to find their way back to a normal life. One of the things that we strive to do for veterans and surviving spouses is to help them receive VA benefits for the injuries that occurred to them while serving in the military. We have found that if a veteran has enough money to live on, they will have a better chance of making their way to a better life. When veterans are suffering from severe PTSD, many of them have difficulty maintaining any type of employment or personal relationships. When they can receive VA benefits most of them will be able to start their lives in a positive direction.
The 2021 Norman Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Ceremony will be held on November 14th, 2021. Come out to Reaves Park from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM to help us honor the heroes in our community and show our appreciation for their sacrifices.
We would like to thank the City of Norman’s Veterans Committee for organizing this incredible event to support our veterans. Check out their Facebook page below for more details on the parade!
To donate to our Foundation, you can do so online at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org or mail a check to Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, 1268 N. Interstate Drive, Norman, OK, 73072.