Edward Factor, Vietnam Veteran
Dale K Graham Veterans Foundation
Our Veteran of the week, Edward Factor, served our country as a member of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He makes his home in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
The Foundation is excited to partner with the Oklahoma Dental Foundation in providing free dental care for veterans. The mobile dental clinic will be onsite and will see patients on April 6-9. Appointments start at 9 AM and they can assist ten veterans per day. Please call 405-550-8806 Ext 101 and ask for Paige to schedule an appointment.
Join us March 6-8 at the Oklahoma City Auto Show at the Bennett Event Center located at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. Come check out all the new 2020 vehicles and play mini-golf to benefit our Foundation.
Last week I was in Norman on Wednesday evening, picking up a few items at the ice cream store located near our Foundation. When I left, we drove by our building to check on things, and there were already people in line waiting at 6 PM. I guess our reputation for helping a lot of veterans and surviving spouses to receive the VA benefits they are eligible for is growing. When I arrive each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 3:30 AM to start helping them, there are usually more in line than we can accommodate that day. We are limiting the number seen to one 150 each day we are open. There are far too many people who are supposed to be helping veterans and surviving spouses to apply for VA benefits and are only submitting the application for benefits, usually a VA Form 21-526EZ with no VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire from the veteran’s medical provider. Submitting evidence with the application for benefits is the reason that the men and women veterans who we are helping to apply for benefits or for a reevaluation are approved at a much higher percentage than when they work with most other organizations.
From the increased number of decisions that we are receiving, it looks for like 2020 is going to be another record year for the veterans who receive a one hundred percent rating and for the number who receive ratings from 10% to 90 % for their service-connected disabilities. Last week 36 veterans received the 100% rating and will receive a combined annual $1,145,740. Fifty-nine veterans were rated at 10-90% and will receive a combined annual $1,034,954. One surviving spouse was awarded benefits and will receive $16,082 a year. There are certainly a lot of lives changed for the better when deserving veterans are approved for compensation for injuries that occurred while they were in the military. Our volunteers are passionate about the belief that the men and women who served in the military deserve the VA benefits they are eligible to receive.
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 are transporting many homeless veterans to our Norman location each week to begin the process of making 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 any 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 company’s or from other veterans. For those of you who would like to be a donor to our program, your donations are always appreciated and may be tax-exempt. We accept donations of vehicles that can be given to veterans in need or sold to raise funds to continue our mission. 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.
Food sacks are available for those who need them. If you need a ride to and from a VA medical appointment or our Foundation, please contact 405-550-8806, Ext. 105 for Clayton or Ext. 106 for Louie.
We are available Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at 1268 North Interstate Dr. Norman, OK 73072. Visit our website at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org.
Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation