Each of us at the Veterans Foundation wants you to know that we are processing veterans’ and surviving spouse claims that have been mailed to us as quickly as possible. For us to continue our mission of helping veterans and their families, a new, safe way to assist individuals is necessary. This week, we continue our move to the digital age. Going forward, we will process veterans’ claims electronically and will submit them electronically to the VA.
We have also developed an easy-to-navigate system to enable veterans and surviving spouses to start their claims process electronically. By simply logging into www.dkgvf.org/new, you can begin your VA claim in about ten minutes. After you complete this initial step online, you will be contacted by phone or email to discuss what is needed to proceed with your application for VA benefits.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) will soon be starting two initiatives. First, because the BVA has not yet held enough hearings needed to process the 65,000 legacy cases that are pending. Legacy appeals are the older appeal cases. We can notify the court if any of the veterans or surviving spouses we represent are legacy appeals. A legacy appeal case will have a number that is seven to ten digits long. If you think your case is one that meets these criteria, please call Rhonda at 405-550-8806, Ext. 103. The second initiative involves a short-term project to review and address the oldest docket legacy cases to determine if it can fully grant the appeal without a hearing. The BVA plans to schedule more than 50,000 hearings in 2021. These cases will be identified based on the docket order, the number of issues, and the case will be reviewed by a board attorney. If the judge can’t grant the appeal, it will resume its place on the docket.
Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
BY THE NUMBERS
Last week 15 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 services that our state provides for disabled veterans. 29 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. 2 surviving spouses were 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 who would like to support the program, your gifts are always appreciated and may be tax-deductible. You can also support us by purchasing 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.