We have several items available for use by veterans or their families. These include wheelchairs and two scooters. We also have other handicap items such as canes and walkers. To schedule a pickup for any of these items, please call Lora at 405-550-8806.
Recently we have referred several veterans to the VA Crisis Hot-line 800-273-8255, the VA Hospital, and to the Vet Center to seek mental health counseling. I believe there is an increased number of veterans who have slipped through the cracks of our military mental health system and at the VA. If you have a family member or someone you know who needs Mental Health help contact any of the following numbers. You could be what saves their life or the lives of others!
Another way we recycle items is through the donations of cars and trucks that are either given veterans or sold to raise money to fund our mission of helping veterans and their families. Each month we serve more than one thousand veterans at our facility at 1268 North Interstate Drive in Norman. We are open each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Our main mission is to assist veterans and surviving spouses of veterans with their applications for VA benefits. Our other work includes helping with transportation of Veterans to VA medical appointment, for those veterans who meet income guidelines we also help with food items to last a week or more, assistance with the cost of medical testing, rents, utilities and other unforeseen issues. Last week our drivers spent 39 hours transporting 13 veterans 504 miles. We are beginning a new program that will help veterans with the following, job search, education, and specific financial transactions such as VA home loans and business plans.
Last week we recognized Korean and World War II veterans with an introduction and a new cap representing their military service. Being able to introduce the men and women who served in those wars is undoubtedly an honor for all of us who volunteer each week. One of these men Mr. Robert Leazure who served in the Korean War is our veteran of the week. Mr. Leazure served in the United States Air Force and makes his home in Oklahoma City. We appreciate the sacrifices that he made during his military service. Thank You, Mr. Leazure for your service.
As we continue to have to turn away veterans and surviving spouses each week, we are in need of others who care about those who have served our nation and their families. For those of you who would like to either volunteer or to sponsor what we do for the veterans, please visit us any Tuesday or Thursday morning. Our Executive Director Lora Malone will gladly show you what we do and discuss with you the types of volunteers that are needed. Please remember that a background check by the OSBI is required for everyone who volunteers with us.
As a VA Accredited Claims Agent, I receive a copy of every communication that sent to those represented. This means that if you are approved or denied for VA benefits, I will also receive that decision letter. This enables me to review each of these for accuracy, and our volunteers send a letter to each veteran or spouse telling them to return. Before becoming accredited I wouldn’t know about a VA approval or denial until the veteran returned. Being able to review their decisions has made a tremendous difference in our ability to help veterans receive all of the VA benefits for which they are eligible. One of the things that it has helped with is now I can tell our readers exactly what happened last week. There were ten veterans both men and women approved for a 100% disability rating for their injuries that occurred in the military or were presumptive to their military service. They will receive a combined annual amount of $376,316 per year. Twenty-four veterans received ratings from 10% to 90% for their service-connected disabilities. These men and women will receive a combined annual income of $368,315. Three surviving spouses were approved for DIC or Pension or Aid and Attendance based on their veteran’s military service. Its good news for many of the men and women veterans who are calling our foundation their home for assistance with VA claims and questions.
One of the things that I have noticed is that a few veterans will try to find someone located near them for assistance with their VA claims. Most of them will return after they find out they either lost their disability compensation, or VA denied their new claims. Part of the reason that they left was the fact that they there are so many veterans coming to us that they unable to wait. Many of us who suffer from PTSD symptoms have a lot of problems standing in line waiting for anyone. If the above statement fits you, please ask us to move your claim up in line to make it bearable for you. Our mission is to help you!
We have two donated motorcycles that are for sale; one is a 1200 CC Harley Davison Sportster 2003 Anniversary Model with fourteen thousand miles. The other is a 1000 CC Kawasaki road bike. Both have windshields, saddlebags and are clean. The Kawasaki needs a carb cleaning and a new battery after sitting around for a year. Both were given to us by veterans who are not able to continue riding. Call our 405-550-8806 number for more information.
Each week we continue to have veterans who have never filed a claim for benefits before. It seems that many of them are now retiring and they see that they need more income to survive. The days of getting by on social security are long gone with the high prices that we are faced with for everything. I have people who are coming in that are trying to live on under a thousand dollars or less per month. With the average cost of renting an apartment over $700 a month, that leaves many veterans and others looking for a way to eat. I don’t have all of the answers to the uncertainties that many are facing; I do have an answer for our veterans and their surviving spouses with questions about your VA applications for benefits. Let us help you! We may make a difference in your life.
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation has food boxes available to those in need. An application for this type of assistance will be available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A DD-214 or military discharge will be necessary to apply. Please contact 405-550-8806 Extension 103 to request a food box.
If you need a ride to and from a VA Medical Appointment, please contact 405-550-8806 to reach Clayton at Extension 105 or Louie at Ext. 106.
We are available every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the 1268 North Interstate Drive Norman, OK 73072. We open the doors by 5:30 a.m. and we begin working as soon as volunteers have their computers ready. We stop taking clients as soon as we reach the quota for the day, and that time varies depending on the number of visitors and the number of available volunteers, which usually occurs around 8:00 a.m. Contact us with any questions at 405-550-8806 or email email@example.com. Visit our website at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org. Semper Fi!