Washington High School Basketball, Military Appreciation Night
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
Thank you to Washington High School for choosing our organization to support this year for their Military Appreciation Basketball games. Last Tuesday, Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation was awarded a check from the high school by Oklahoma’s Senator Paul Scott during the Military Appreciation festivities. We are humbled and honored to receive this gift which will directly support veterans and their families.
We are very grateful each Tuesday and Thursday morning as we get to assist some of America’s True Heroes who served in this nation’s military service to receive the VA benefits that they are eligible. As we have been helping these men and women for over twenty plus years, we have developed what is called an evidence-based claims process. We encourage veterans and surviving spouses to submit medical evidence to the VA in support of the veteran’s claims for the service-connection of a disability. This can be accomplished by documentation from a medical professional who diagnoses a disability and may also provide a nexus to link an injury or a disability to an illness or event that occurred in the military or one that was presumptive to their military service. Many people and organizations who help veterans do not ask for evidence to support the veteran’s request for service-connection of a disability, or a surviving spouse’s claim for service-connection of the veteran’s cause of death. When I first started as a volunteer helping veterans at the local American Legion, we would assist the local Oklahoma Department of Veterans Service Officer one morning each week. After we had been there a year or so we were helping so many veterans, the State Service Officer asked me one day why so many more of our claims were approved than his. The only thing we did differently is we would ask the veterans we helped to obtain medical evidence to support their claims for VA benefits. As most veterans were exposed to some very loud noises while serving, we decided that a medical link from an audiologist would be the best way to help a veteran to receive service-connection of a disability. Since that time, I along with the help of volunteers from our Foundation have helped tens of thousands of veterans receive the VA benefits for which they were eligible. As an example, when a veteran retains an attorney to assist them in obtaining VA benefits, the first thing the attorney will do is send the veteran for medical evidence. People call me all the time wanting to know why others charge for what we do for free. My answer is always the same we do this for the men and women who served and for the families of those who gave their life so that we in America could remain free. The men and women who served in the military are protecting the 98% who did not stand up to defend our way of life.
Last week, one surviving spouse was awarded benefits totaling $16,082 annually. Thirty-seven veterans were awarded 100% for their service-connected disabilities. They will receive a combined $1,529,743 a year. Seventy-seven veterans received ratings between 10% and 90%. This group will receive a combined annual $1,270,764.
As we are assisting over three hundred veterans and surviving spouses each week, we are making a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. Join us in our mission by donating or volunteering your time. We are in need of copy paper to assist us with veteran claims. If you would like to donate some, please drop by any Tuesday or Thursday morning, or mail to P.O. Box 592 Washington, OK 73093.
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 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