E.J. Branch, Korean War Veteran
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
Today we would like to honor the late Mr. E.J. Branch as our veteran of the week, Mr. Branch passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020. He was a proud Navy veteran who served in combat during the Korean War. As one of our long-time volunteers who helped us start this mission, he will be missed by all of us. Back when we first started, he would be the man who we asked to help put together donations to help a veteran pay for a hearing test or if they needed financial assistance. He also helped drive veterans to their VA appointments at no cost to them. Mr. Branch was instrumental in helping hundreds of veterans receive the VA benefits for which they were eligible. We are proud to say, E.J. Branch was a friend to us all. May God bring comfort to his family during this time.
One of the reasons we are successful in assisting veterans and surviving spouses is because we are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This accreditation means that when a veteran or surviving spouse receives a decision or any communication from the VA, we receive the same documents. This enables us to contact the veteran or spouse to explain what their next move should be. We work hard to ensure the applications for benefits are correct. We have reviewed many applications and rating decisions where the veteran did not furnish evidence to support their claim. The person helping you file a claim should encourage evidence to be obtained to support your request for the service-connection of a disability. For example, las week we received VA decision letters showing 52 veterans who received a 100% rating for their service-connected disabilities. These veterans will receive a combined $2,051,251 annually. We also had 99 veterans who were awarded VA rating decisions between 10% and 90% and will receive a combined $1,691,238 annually. Two surviving spouses were awarded benefits totaling $32,221 a year. I have been an advocate for veterans and their family members for over 30 years. I believe in what our volunteers do for them each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Our volunteers are improving the lives of veterans and their families, one veteran at a time. Last week we had a veteran tell us we had made their life worth living again. If you could hear some of their stories, you would understand why we do what we do.
We are thankful we were able to add more volunteers to our second shift which begins at 10 am each Tuesday and Thursday morning. This has enabled us to shorten our days by a couple of hours. On some of our workdays, we were not finishing until 5 or 6 in the evening. With a start time of 0400, it made 12-14-hour days for some of us, and you must remember, most of us are old and retired. As we continue to add more volunteers, we hope to shorten our workdays even more and be able to help more of our clients with their claims. If you are interested in joining us with our mission to help veterans and their families, please contact Lora Malone any Tuesday or Thursday or by calling 405-550-8806 Ext 101.
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.
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