Tom Isaacs, Korean War Veteran
Dale K Graham Veterans Foundation
Congratulations to our veteran of the week, Mr. Tom Isaacs of Prague, Oklahoma. Mr. Isaacs served in the Korean War as a member of the United States Army. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Mr. Isaacs, and thank you for serving our great nation.
We are pleased to announce Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation is one of 21 Oklahoma organizations that are finalists for a $10,000 award and are competing for the title of Oklahoma’s top non-profit for the Oklahoma Non-profit Excellence (ONE) Awards, presented annually by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. The winner will be announced at the 13th Annual ONE Awards ceremony held April 24 in Tulsa at the Southern Hills Country Club.
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, over 150 veterans and surviving spouses make the trip to Norman Oklahoma for help with their VA claims and questions. Some of them have come from other states other than Oklahoma because of the reputation our volunteers have when it comes to understanding the needs disabled veterans and their families have when applying for VA benefits. Although most of those who visit us are from one of the 77 counties in our state, we usually have veterans from 7-10 states represented each week. The men and women veterans who visit us know that we are only interested in helping them receive the VA benefits they are eligible for. There is never a charge for anything our organization or volunteers to do for the men and women who seek us out each week. We did have our first veteran from Canada visit us last week for assistance with his application to increase the ratings on his service-connected disabilities. The largest number of veterans we see are from Oklahoma with Texas being in second place with 40-50 from their state visiting us leach week. If other organizations used our system of filing only evidenced-based claims for veterans, I doubt if we would see so many from other places.
Last week 39 veterans were rated at the 100% rate and will receive a combined annual $1,345,706. Seventy- three veterans received ratings between 10% and 90%. This group of veterans will receive a combined yearly of $1.379.706. Two surviving spouses were awarded benefits totaling $32,170 a year.
We are in the process of adding more volunteers to our second shift to enable us to increase the number of veterans and surviving spouses we can accommodate each day. If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please stop by for a volunteer application. A background check with OSBI is required.
The Foundation is excited to partner with the Oklahoma Dental Foundation in providing free dental care for veterans. The mobile dental clinic will be onsite and will see patients on April 6-9. Appointments start at 9 AM, and they can assist ten veterans per day. Please call 405-550-8806 Ext 101 and ask for Paige to schedule an appointment.
Join us March 6-8 at the Oklahoma City Auto Show at the Bennett Event Center located at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. Come check out all the new 2020 vehicles and play mini-golf to benefit our Foundation.
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 transport many homeless veterans to our Norman location each week to help make 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 are not funded by a government entity, all the funds it takes to operate our facility and to assist veterans with medical testing and other expenses come in the form of grants from local companies or other veterans. For those of you who would like to be a donor to our program, your donations are always appreciated and may be tax-exempt. 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