Louis Dennis, Korean War Veteran 

Today our veteran of the week is Mr. Louis Dennis, who served during the Korean war as a member of the United States Navy.  He makes his home in Ada, Oklahoma.  We presented him with a cap representing his service in the Korean War.  Thank you for your service, Mr. Dennis.  We appreciate your service and sacrifice.

We see far too many surviving spouses whose veterans did not take the opportunity to apply for the VA benefits they may have been eligible to receive.  Many of their surviving spouses are having a tough time financially because of the reduction of their income when a spouse passes away. Over the years, there have been many surviving spouses who were denied benefits because their veterans did not have any service-connected disabilities.  If veterans apply and are approved for VA benefits, their surviving spouse could possibly receive VA benefits if the service-connected disabilities are listed on the death certificate as the primary or a contributing condition to their death.  One of the primary disabilities’ veterans get approved for with service-connection is hearing loss and tinnitus.  Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus can contribute to hypertension and other types of heart conditions and dementia?   We have helped veterans get service-connected for heart conditions and dementia secondary to hearing loss and tinnitus.  I have found out over the years that if a veteran has 70% or higher service-connected disabilities, there is no cost for them to be residents at one of our Oklahoma Veterans Centers located throughout our state.  They can also reside in a veteran approved nursing home at no cost.  I’m writing about this issue because of the many spouses and family members who contact us when they are unable to take care of their veterans at some point in their life.  One of the things I always tell veterans is we have a responsibility to file for VA benefits if for no other reason than to have a place to go when we are unable to take care of ourselves.

Last week we had one veteran rated at 100% and that veteran will receive $37,272.48 annually.  Nine veterans were approved between 10%-90% and will receive a combined $145,403.40 annually.

We are continuing to add volunteers to our second shift each Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Our main crew still starts at 0400 on each of those days; we are bringing others in at 10 AM to allow some of the starting volunteers to go home earlier.  For those of you who are interested in becoming a volunteer with our organization, you can now possibly pick your shift.  Each week we are helping over 150 veterans and surviving spouses apply for the VA benefits that they may be eligible to receive.  Our volunteers are some of the most knowledgeable and caring people you will ever meet.  Our services are free to everyone who visits us.  We provide food sacks that hold enough to feed a family for a week or more for those in need.   We also have transportation vans that transport veterans to and from their VA medical appointments and to our foundation for help with their VA claims.

It looks like the VA will start very soon working on the Blue Water Agent-Orange claims for veterans. We will keep you updated as they start coming in.

If you would like to help us make a difference, we welcome your support. We spend over $25,000 each month in direct support of the veterans and family members we serve. 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.

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.

Simper Fi!

Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation