Dale K. Graham Veteran's Foundation
2021 Grant Recipient
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation was one of several Oklahoma veteran organizations awarded a prestigious grant from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma.
“Being awarded this grant is a tremendous honor”, says Jon Foti, CEO, “It means that our community values the service of our veterans, and recognizes the importance of taking care of them. We hope that this recognition will further raise awareness of the challenges facing so many of our veterans. Support from our community is critical to our success. And by helping veterans and their families access the benefits they have earned and deserve we are truly changing lives and helping them secure a better future. “
Dale Graham’s mission is to serve military veterans and their families by focusing on sharing their collective knowledge and experience to help with the Veterans Administration claims process. The Foundation also provides onsite mental health counselors from the veteran’s centers,
legal aid representatives, and assistance and guidance when a temporary source of food, rent, utilities, shelter or transportation to and from medical facilities is necessary for veterans and their families. All services at the Foundation are provided free of charge.
Who is Dale K. Graham? Lance Corporal Dale K. Graham, US Marine Corps, served on active duty just short of two years, which included thirteen months in the Republic of Vietnam with the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. After returning from Vietnam in June 1967, he was discharged. He was accepted for employment at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where he worked for thirty-five years, finally retiring in 2002. In 1990 he began doing volunteer work with the US Department of Veterans Affairs where he studied the rules of veteran benefits procedures. He eventually would provide dedicated service to over 20,000 veterans in a span of over twenty years with a dozen of those years the service was conducted out of his home.