Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, 2020 ONE Awards Finalist

Linh M. Sasser, Marketing Coordinator, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) hosted the 2020 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Thursday, August 27, 2020 (rescheduled from Friday, April 24, 2020). The event took place virtually and can be viewed on the OKCNP ONE Awards page. We are spotlighting the 21 finalists in seven categories.

The Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation has served United States veterans in all 77 Oklahoma counties, 45 states and 4 countries, including more than 19,000 total individuals, since their founding in 2016. The Foundation has followed the lead of Vietnam War veteran, Lance Corporal Dale K. Graham, U.S. Marine Corps.

Graham has personally been helping veterans file benefits claims for 30 years. He started volunteering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 1990, learning the rules of veteran benefits procedures. He has since become a federally accredited agent.

“Our mission is to serve military veterans and their families,” according The Foundation’s website. “Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation’s primary focus is to share its collective knowledge and experience to help with the Veterans Administration claims process. The Organization also provides assistance and guidance for temporary sources of food, rent, utilities, shelter and transportation to and from medical facilities when necessary for veterans and their families.”

The Foundation is run completely on a volunteer basis, allowing it to offer services free of charge. Services include helping veterans and their families file claims, temporary food services through their food pantry and assisting veterans with medical testing.

“This is a way of opening doors and providing opportunities to others,” said Stanley L. Evans, retired US Army Colonel and board member. “The way we make others self-sufficient is to provide them with the opportunity and resources to build for successful and strong lives.”

To learn more about Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, visit their website: https://dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org/ or view their ONE Awards video: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7509642/video/454075640.

The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards is dedicated to honoring the outstanding work of Oklahoma nonprofits statewide. The ONE Awards also serves as the primary fundraising event for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Proceeds from the ONE Awards enable OKCNP to serve communities throughout Oklahoma.

To learn more about the OKCNP ONE Awards or to watch the event, visit: https://www.oklahomacenterfornonprofits.org/connect/one-awards/

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