Kenneth Follist, Korean War Veteran
Dale K Graham Veterans Foundation
Last week we recognized Kenneth Follist as our Veteran of the Week. He served in the Korean War. In recognition of Mr. Follist’s military service, we presented a cap and introduced him to over two hundred veterans and their families. As no one ever recognized many of our veterans, we are very proud to have him at our Foundation last week. Mr. Follist makes his home in Midwest City, Oklahoma. As many of you know, we recognize both the Korean Veterans and those who served in World War II each week. Making a presentation to these men and women is one of my favorite duties each Tuesday and Thursday morning. I, for one, appreciate the sacrifices that all veterans have done for this United States of America. We know that our military is what keeps us free to make the choices that we make every day. Not everyone on this earth believes that our country should be a democracy where we choose our leaders, worship who we want to, and to follow our dreams through our lives.
Twenty-five veterans received a 100% rating for their service-connected disabilities last week. They will receive combined annual payments of over one million dollars each year. Those men and women will be eligible for the Oklahoma property tax exemption on their primary residence. They will also be eligible for the Oklahoma sales tax exemption on the first twenty-five thousand dollars of purchases each year and are eligible for the reduced rate for two license tags. Forty-three veterans, both men and women, received disability ratings from 10% to 90% last week. They will receive an annual combined amount of almost eight hundred thousand dollars per year. Our state has several other benefits that veterans rated sixty percent, or higher may be eligible to receive. When it comes to benefits for veterans, our state ranks near the top. We always try to help veterans apply for all the benefits that they may be eligible for from our state along with any federal benefits they might qualify for. Three surviving spouses were approved for DIC. This means that their spouse passed away due to a service-connected disability or one that was presumptive to their military service. Their combined annual amount is just under fifty thousand dollars per year. A benefit that surviving spouses, dependents and some veterans who were awarded a 100% disability rating is the Champ-VA medical Insurance that some may be eligible to receive at no cost.
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 donations 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