Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award
Lance Corporal Dale K. Graham, U.S. Marine Corps, served on active duty just short of two years, which included 13 months in the Republic of Vietnam with the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.
After returning from Vietnam, June 1967, he was discharged. He was accepted for employment at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where he worked for 35 years, retiring in 2002. In 1990 he began doing volunteer work with the U.S. 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 20 years with a dozen of those years the service was conducted out of his home.
In 2003 he moved over to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs where he continued his volunteer work doing essentially, under the Norman Chapter of the American Legion, what he did out of his home. He left the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs in 2005 to develop an independent source for veteran assistance under the umbrella of the Norman Chapter of the American Legion and the Goldsby Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter.
In 2006, with the completion of the Goldsby Community Center, he organized and built up a group of volunteers to weekly, on Thursday, join him in assisting client veterans. The resulting volunteer group became known as Veterans Corner.
There is NO ONE, military, or civilian, career or volunteer, THAT HAS DONE MORE in Oklahoma for the men, women, spouses and widows/widowers of our service veterans than Dale K. Graham. DALE K. GRAHAM IS VETERANS CORNER.