Lora Malone, Executive Director

This week we would like to honor our Executive Director, Lora Malone. She has served in this role since June of 2017. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the foundation, she works with the volunteers and board of directors to accomplish the Foundation’s goals. She works to collaborate with others in the community to increase and maintain the foundation’s visibility. Before coming to Foundation, Lora served as the Vice President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, President of the UT Arlington Alumni Association, and served Oklahoma City University as the Principal Gift Officer. Lora and her husband, Gallen, have one daughter, Reagan, and currently reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

I am more than ready to get back to helping veterans and their families with their VA claims and questions.  We do not have a reopening date set yet.  We are awaiting approval from the City of Norman.  Depending on COVID19 numbers, the mayor should make a decision between now and June 1. We have been doing our best behind the scenes answering emails and messages.

If you are looking to come see us for the first time when we reopen our doors, please consider filling out the necessary paperwork needed prior to coming   You can visit the VA website at www.va.gov and click on forms.  Type in 21-22A.  (POA form) There are two places for your signature.  These forms enable us to access all your VA records and file your claim.  Please fill out Form 21-0966 (intent to file) establishes a start date of the following month for any benefits that are approved.  This also gives the veteran or surviving spouse one year to file the actual claim for VA benefits.  Sign these forms and e-mail to dale@dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org or mail to Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation PO Box 592 Washington, Oklahoma 73093.  We are continuing to look for ways that will make it easier and more convenient for the men and women who have served in this nation’s military.

Last week 39 veterans received a disability rating of 100% for their service-connected disabilities.  This group will receive a combined annual $1,665,986. They will also be eligible for the state benefits of sales tax exemptions, property tax exemptions, and other benefits that our state provides for disabled veterans.  Forty-five veterans were awarded disability ratings from 10% to 90% and will receive a combined annual $981,344.  This group of men and women will be eligible for VA Health Care, and some of them may also be eligible for other state benefits. Three surviving spouses were awarded benefits totaling $48,245 a year.

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 support the program, your gifts are always appreciated and may be tax-exempt. 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.

For the latest updates about our reopening, please visit our Facebook page and website dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org

Stay healthy!  Our prayers are with all of you and your families during this time of trial in our country.

Semper Fi!

Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation