Angelia Harris, United States Air Force Veteran
Dale K Graham Veterans Foundation
Congratulations to our veteran of the week, Angelia Harris. She served our country honorably as a member of the United States Air Force. Thank you for your service. We appreciate you.
Many veterans never received a real welcome home after their time serving this great nation. Today I’m asking each one of you to greet the veterans you meet with a welcome home and a thank you for their service. As more and more servicemen and women are getting deployed right now, I ask that you keep them in your prayers.
Every few weeks I will receive a report from a veteran or surviving spouse who was told not to go to our Foundation for assistance because we charge for our services. As everyone who has ever visited us knows, we never have and never will charge anyone for helping them to receive the VA benefits they are eligible to receive. We get reports back from veterans who have been verbally abused by some of the VA contractors who evaluate veteran’s disability claims. Some have even been told by them that they should not be permitted to submit VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires from their medical providers and that only they could evaluate a veteran’s condition. One of them in Oklahoma City even told a veteran we were being fined for millions of dollars for helping veterans. This is a complete fabrication and slander. During the past thirty years, over 100,000 thousand veterans have been assisted with their applications for VA benefits. I for one would like to see all organizations only focus on what they can do to help the men and women who served and not spend their time badmouthing others who do the same. We should all work together. Personally, I believe that what we have accomplished with our evidence-based claims system and the financial support we give to the veterans and surviving spouses is unheard of in any of the national or state veteran’s services organizations. If other organizations put the veterans first and worked with other organizations who help veterans, our state could become the go-to place for veterans to come to for help. Currently, we have veterans and surviving spouses who are arriving from all fifty states because of what their friends and families have told them about our organization.
This past week 26 veterans were rated at 100% for their disabilities that occurred during their service. They will receive a combined annual $1,408,213. Sixty-one veterans received a rating between 10% and 90%. This group of veterans will receive a combined yearly $1,034,103.
Our plans to add the additional space from the building next door is becoming a reality. The access door has been installed from our building into that one. We are planning to be able to occupy it in another week or so. I would like to have a place in that area for the Vet Center Counselors to visit with veterans who need their services. As we continue this addition, some of our other services will be moved to that area where it’s not so crowded. Recently, I wrote about adding a second shift of volunteers to be able to take over when our first crew was ready for a break. This has been a great change for me as I now have a couple of volunteers to help with the triaging of veterans and surviving spouses. As I’m the only one who has access to the VA VBMS Computer system to review each veteran’s medical records and claims folder, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything that is needed for our veterans. By having the ability to review a veteran’s VA file, we can see why a disability was denied or not rated what we believed it should have been.
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