Sylvester Moore, Korean War Veteran
Dale K Graham Veterans Foundation
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation honors Korean War veteran, Sylvester Moore as veteran of the week. Mr. Moore served our country as a member of the United States Army. He makes his home in Talihina, Oklahoma. Thank you for your service, Mr. Moore. Each week we recognize veterans at our foundation who served in World War II and the Korean War with an introduction and the presentation of a cap representing their war of service.
There were so many fireworks going off this week around us; it felt like we were back in Vietnam. Several days leading up to July 4th my neighbors started celebrating with many of them not finishing until Sunday night. Personally, I enjoy the Fireworks displays that are sponsored by our cities and business. I hope that everyone understands that we recognize our Independence as we celebrate each July 4th. Independence Day allows us to say thank you to the men and women who have served and those who are serving today in the American military. Without their sacrifices, we would not be living in a society where we can choose how we want to live our lives. America symbolizes FREEDOM across the world.
We were closed on Thursday, July 4, for our volunteers to celebrate with their families and friends. We were still able to assist 185 veterans and surviving spouses Tuesday morning. Needless to say, that was a very long day for both our visitors and volunteers. We are going to incorporate a few changes in the number of people who we accept each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Hopefully, we will be able to let everyone know when we have reached our maximum for the day. We are also looking at ways to decrease the wait time that some veterans have on their visit to our Veterans Foundation. Lots of things are being discussed that will improve our service to you. As everyone knows, we are volunteers who want to change veterans and their family’s lives for the better. There is NO CHARGE for the services we provide to all veterans and surviving spouses of veterans.
As a 501 -3-C Non-Profit the monies we use to assist other veterans, and their families come from local grants and donations we receive from the people we have helped. On any given month, we spend over twenty-five thousand dollars in direct support to the men and women who have served in our military. I realized many years ago that some of the men and women who served in our country’s military returned with severe medical problems that were physical or mental in nature. Some of them will be held back in their ability to provide for their families because of the disabilities that their military service caused them. All of us at our foundation believes that we can make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. As proof of what we do try driving through our parking lot any Tuesday and Thursday morning where there will be tags from all over the United States. We believe our system of filing evidenced-based claims for veterans is the best way to help them to receive approval for a VA disability or an increase of an existing service-connected disability. If only all the other veterans’ organizations used the same approach as we do, people would not need to travel thousands of miles for the type of help that we provide every day to veterans.
Did you know that a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran might qualify for DIC benefits if the veterans service-connected disability is listed on their Death Certificate as the primary or contributing factor in their cause of death? We have been able to assist surviving spouses in receiving over two hundred thousand dollars when the veteran died from a presumptive disease that was part of the Agent Orange Nehmer Ruling. My suggestion to both veterans and surviving spouses is to visit us with your questions about possible VA benefits. We have several volunteers who specialize in VA benefits for surviving spouses of veterans. One of those is Shirley Fisher, who is the surviving spouse of a Vietnam veteran. Shirley has been with us for many years where her expertise has helped many surviving spouses receive the VA benefits they are eligible for. Some of them would be eligible for VA Pension benefits if their veteran served just one day during a war-time period.
We continue to see an increased number of decisions the VA has made on the veterans and surviving spouses who are represented. Twenty-nine veterans received a 100% rating for their service-connected disabilities. These men and women will receive an annual combined amount of $1,127,429 per year. We also received rating decisions on 61 veterans who were awarded disability ratings from 10% to 90% for their service-connected disabilities. This group of men and women will receive an annual combined amount of $809,421. One surviving spouse was awarded benefits based on their spouse’s military service and will receive $15,828 annually.
Our organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies on donations to be able to provide services to the thousands of veterans and their families who need assistance. We accept the donation of cars, trucks, motorcycles, or other types of items that can be given to veterans or sold to raise funds to provide for veteran’s needs. Please remember that your donations should be tax deductible on your income taxes. Thank You for supporting our Foundation. You can also donate anytime online at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org or by mail at PO Box 592 Washington, OK 73093.
We have power wheelchairs and scooters that have been donated. If you know a veteran who needs one, please contact us.
Counselors from the Vet Centers are here each session, and a Legal Aid representative is here on Thursdays. We have food baskets available for those who qualify. We look forward to your visit and thank you for trusting us to help you with your VA matters.
We are available every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 1268 North Interstate Drive Norman, OK 73072. We open the doors by 5:30 a.m., and we begin working as soon as volunteers have their computers ready.
Visit our website at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org for more information. There you will find a section on Frequently Asked Questions. You may also contact us at 405-550-8806 for information or to schedule transportation.
As always, I want to say Thank You to all veterans and their families for their service to the United States of America.
Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation