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Michael Konsure, Vietnam Veteran and wife Mary

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation

 Our Veteran of the week is Mr. Michael Konsure, who served our country honorably during the Vietnam War as a member of the United States Army Reserves. Mr. Konsure and his wife Mary make their home in Indianola, Oklahoma.  Thank you, Mr. Konsure.  We appreciate your service.

As many of you know, we are all volunteers who are available each Tuesday and Thursday morning in Norman, Oklahoma to help veterans and surviving spouses apply for the VA benefits that they are eligible to receive.  We have veterans and their families coming from many different countries and states. One day last week there were 15 people from Texas, one from Colorado, one from Florida, two from Georgia, four from Kansas, three from Missouri, one from New Jersey, one from Oregon and one from Virginia.  The rest of the 150 were from all around Oklahoma. I doubt if there is another group of volunteers who get to meet so many people from different areas who traveled so far for assistance with their VA claims and questions.  I don’t understand why other organizations have not developed an evidenced-based system like we have to help veterans. To make it clear, the VA established a Disability Benefits Questionnaire to be used to evaluate all types ofdisabilities veterans might suffer from.  These are used in the veteran’s rating process to diagnose and assess the severity of their disabilities. Our organization encourages veterans to use the same Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) as evidence to support their claim for service-connection of disability and to evaluate the severity of the condition.  These DBQ forms are filled out by a medical provider of the veteran’s choice.  I have been assisting veterans and surviving spouses for many years, and by using this DBQ evidence to support your VA claim, you have a better chance of being approved.  When I first started assisting veterans the only evidence we had available was a statement from a medical provider that might say it is as likely as not that the veteran’s condition was caused by or aggravated by (something) that occurred in military service.  We have come a long way in the last thirty years in ways to help veterans and surviving spouses.  The DBQ forms can be obtained from the VA website or by using your search engine and typing in “VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire for (list your disability).”

Last week was another very productive one for the veterans who we assist with their VA claims for benefits.  As a VA Accredited Claims Agent, I receive a copy of each decision that VA makes on the veterans and surviving spouses represented.  This enables us to review each decision and to send a notice to them detailing what needs to be done next to receive the maximum benefits for their service-connected disabilities.  There were 31 veterans awarded a one hundred percent rating for their disabilities.  This group of veterans will receive a combined annual dollar amount of $1,259,556 per year.  They will also be eligible for Oklahoma State and Federal Benefits.  Some of these are exemption of property tax, sales tax exemption, two reduced auto tags, and free hunting and fishing license. The dependents of veterans who are not retired military are eligible for Champ VA medical insurance.  Dependents of veterans rated 100% may also eligible to receive education benefits.

An example would be if the veteran is rated 100% permanent and total, the dependents may be eligible to receive over one thousand dollars per month in education benefits.  We had 37 veterans who were awarded disability ratings from 10% to 90% for their service-connected disabilities.  These men and women will receive an annual combined amount of $659,676.78 a year.

As most of you know, we are a 501-3-C Non-Profit, which means our services are free to everyone who we assist with our services. We operate on the donations from individuals, business or grants that we receive.  Our budget each month to provide services such as rents, utilities, transportation and medical expenses for the men and women we assist is over twenty-five thousand dollars.  This equates to over $300,000 per year in services to veterans and their families.  For those of you who want to help us help others please consider becoming a donor.  Your gifts should be tax-deductible. You can donate directly on our website or mail to PO Box 592 Washington, OK  73093

We do have some good news for the folks who must wait their turn to come in out of the weather each Tuesday and Thursday morning.  We have signed a lease on the building next door that will enable us to bring more people in and to add more volunteers to assist veterans.  If you or someone you know may be interested in giving back to those who served our country, please contact Lora Malone at 405-550-8806 Ext. 101, or visit us for a volunteer application.  We would love to have you.

We have four transportation vans we use to transport veterans to their VA appointments.  Our pantry also has food sacks big enough to feed a family for a week at a time.  These are available to those in our community who are doing without.  We want to do everything possible to make a difference in the lives of the men and women who served our country.

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.

Semper Fi!

Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation

 

 

 

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation

 Our Veteran of the week is Mr. Michael Konsure, who served our country honorably during the Vietnam War as a member of the United States Army Reserves. Mr. Konsure and his wife Mary make their home in Indianola, Oklahoma.  Thank you, Mr. Konsure.  We appreciate your service.

As many of you know, we are all volunteers who are available each Tuesday and Thursday morning in Norman, Oklahoma to help veterans and surviving spouses apply for the VA benefits that they are eligible to receive.  We have veterans and their families coming from many different countries and states. One day last week there were 15 people from Texas, one from Colorado, one from Florida, two from Georgia, four from Kansas, three from Missouri, one from New Jersey, one from Oregon and one from Virginia.  The rest of the 150 were from all around Oklahoma. I doubt if there is another group of volunteers who get to meet so many people from different areas who traveled so far for assistance with their VA claims and questions.  I don’t understand why other organizations have not developed an evidenced-based system like we have to help veterans. To make it clear, the VA established a Disability Benefits Questionnaire to be used to evaluate all types ofdisabilities veterans might suffer from.  These are used in the veteran’s rating process to diagnose and assess the severity of their disabilities. Our organization encourages veterans to use the same Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) as evidence to support their claim for service-connection of disability and to evaluate the severity of the condition.  These DBQ forms are filled out by a medical provider of the veteran’s choice.  I have been assisting veterans and surviving spouses for many years, and by using this DBQ evidence to support your VA claim, you have a better chance of being approved.  When I first started assisting veterans the only evidence we had available was a statement from a medical provider that might say it is as likely as not that the veteran’s condition was caused by or aggravated by (something) that occurred in military service.  We have come a long way in the last thirty years in ways to help veterans and surviving spouses.  The DBQ forms can be obtained from the VA website or by using your search engine and typing in “VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire for (list your disability).”

Last week was another very productive one for the veterans who we assist with their VA claims for benefits.  As a VA Accredited Claims Agent, I receive a copy of each decision that VA makes on the veterans and surviving spouses represented.  This enables us to review each decision and to send a notice to them detailing what needs to be done next to receive the maximum benefits for their service-connected disabilities.  There were 31 veterans awarded a one hundred percent rating for their disabilities.  This group of veterans will receive a combined annual dollar amount of $1,259,55 per year.  They will also be eligible for Oklahoma State and Federal Benefits.  Some of these are exemption of property tax, sales tax exemption, two reduced auto tags, and free hunting and fishing license. The dependents of veterans who are not retired military are eligible for Champ VA medical insurance.  Dependents of veterans rated 100% may also eligible to receive education benefits.

An example would be if the veteran is rated 100% permanent and total, the dependents may be eligible to receive over one thousand dollars per month in education benefits.  We had 37 veterans who were awarded disability ratings from 10% to 90% for their service-connected disabilities.  These men and women will receive an annual combined amount of $659,676.78 a year.

As most of you know, we are a 501-3-C Non-Profit, which means our services are free to everyone who we assist with our services. We operate on the donations from individuals, business or grants that we receive.  Our budget each month to provide services such as rents, utilities, transportation and medical expenses for the men and women we assist is over twenty-five thousand dollars.  This equates to over $300,000 per year in services to veterans and their families.  For those of you who want to help us help others please consider becoming a donor.  Your gifts should be tax-deductible. You can donate directly on our website or mail to PO Box 592 Washington, OK  73093

We do have some good news for the folks who must wait their turn to come in out of the weather each Tuesday and Thursday morning.  We have signed a lease on the building next door that will enable us to bring more people in and to add more volunteers to assist veterans.  If you or someone you know may be interested in giving back to those who served our country, please contact Lora Malone at 405-550-8806 Ext. 101, or visit us for a volunteer application.  We would love to have you.

We have four transportation vans we use to transport veterans to their VA appointments.  Our pantry also has food sacks big enough to feed a family for a week at a time.  These are available to those in our community who are doing without.  We want to do everything possible to make a difference in the lives of the men and women who served our country.

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.

Semper Fi!

Dale K. Graham, VA Accredited Claims Agent

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation