Leroy Gregory, Korean War Veteran
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation Veteran of the week, Leroy Gregory served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Gregory makes his home in Binger, Oklahoma, and was honored with a cap representing his service at our Foundation surrounded by fellow veterans and their families. Thank you, Mr. Gregory, for your service and sacrifice.
It looks like the Department of Veterans Affairs could be working overtime as forty veterans received a 100% rating last week based on their service-connected disabilities. We assist veterans from forty-eight states. I wish there were a way to let every veteran know that there is help for them in Norman, Oklahoma at our Veterans Foundation. As always, we are a free service provided by volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. Forty veterans received a 100% rating last week and will receive a combined annual income of $1,525,491. We had 68 veterans who received a disability rating from ten to ninety percent for their service-connected disabilities. That group of men and women will receive an annual combined amount of $985,515. Those veterans who were awarded benefits can request a reevaluation of their disability one year after the date stamped on the rating decision. A veteran can request that VA reconsider any rating decision anytime within one year of the decision date. We encourage veterans to obtain new medical evidence and to use the new VA Form 20-0995 for that type of request. Speaking of the new types of forms the VA has developed, I believe that by using them veterans claims in the appeals process will be completed sooner. Every day we receive calls and e-mails from veterans, surviving spouses, or their families asking if there are any VA benefits available to help with the cost of nursing home care and other types of needs. It’s challenging to have an answer without first knowing several things like when did the veteran serve? Pension benefits require one day of service during a wartime period. We encourage those who call to stop by for a visit with one of our volunteers who specialize in VA benefits for surviving spouses to see if they may qualify.
As many of you know we assist veterans in Lawton at the VET Center one Friday each month, there were twenty-one last who filed their Intent to File (1-0966) form 180 and assignment of a POA (21-22A). These are the forms filed during the first visit. To continue these claims veterans and surviving spouses will be required to visit our Norman office at 1268 North Interstate Drive any Tuesday or Thursday morning (early). One of our Accredited volunteers Mr. Bill Scott is the POA for those who visit us in Lawton. These claims are still handled by our volunteers with everything the same except the listed POA.
Last Wednesday, we had a booth set up at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds at the OKC 50+ Better Living Expo program, where we assisted 22 veterans in filing their initial applications for VA benefits. As you can see by those added numbers, we had a very productive week assisting over 375 veterans and surviving spouses with their VA claims and questions. Now I know why we were all so tired when the week was over! We are looking at ways to prevent everyone from having to wait so long each Tuesday and Thursday to have their claims for VA benefits processed. One of our ideas is to set up appointments on another day. To be able to provide the same quality of service, new volunteers must join our organization. For those of you who would like to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families, please consider becoming a part of what we do.
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.
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