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Who We Are

Our Story

Lance Corporal Dale K. Graham, U.S. Marine Corps, is a living legend – encouraging and helping veterans to file their benefits claims for almost 30 years.

He returned from Vietnam in June of 1967 and was discharged. 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 later became a federally accredited agent.

Beginning as an impassioned work to care for others just like him, the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation has now helped more than 25,000 living veterans, spanning all 77 counties in Oklahoma, all 50 states and four foreign countries. People drive from all over the United States to file their claims at the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to serve military veterans and their families. 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 resources for food, rent, utilities, shelter and transportation to and from medical facilities when necessary for veterans and their families.

Visit our Programs page to learn more about what we offer.

Board of Directors

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Colonel Chuck DeBellevue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF in January 1968.  He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training and, after F-4 upgrade training, was assigned to the 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.  He was assigned to the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand in October 1971.  While there, Chuck flew 220 combat missions—96 of which were over North Vietnam and is credited with the destruction of six North Vietnamese jet fighters in aerial combat–four MiG-21s and two MiG-19s.  Chuck is the leading “ACE” from the war in Southeast Asia.

Following his combat tour he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training and upgraded into the F-4.  He served in a number of squadron, staff and command positions.  He was the commander of the 432nd Combat Support Group at Misawa Air Base, Japan and the 95th Air Base Wing at Edwards AFB, CA.  His final assignment was as the commander of AFROTC Detachment 440 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Chuck and his wife, Sally, were the 1994 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award, given to the top wing commander and spouse in Air Force Material Command.  He, along with the two other AF Ace’s, received the MacKay Trophy in 1972.  Chuck is a command pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, 550 hours of which were in combat.

His military decorations include the Air Force Cross, 3 Silver Stars, 3 Legions of Merit, 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 18 Air Medals. He retired effective 1 Feb 1998 with 30 years of service and was the last American Ace on active duty.

Following retirement from the Air Force, Chuck worked for a number of companies, both local and national, and for Oklahoma State University.  He currently works for Performance Aircraft Services, Inc., enhancing legacy aircraft reliability. He is a member of the board of directors of Edmond Family Counseling, Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation and is also the Vice President for Veteran Affairs for the Gerrity Chapter of the Air Force Association (central Oklahoma).

Chuck was selected as the Outstanding Alumni of the University of Louisiana – Lafayette for 2008 and was inducted into the Louisiana Aviation Hall of Fame on May 22, 2011 and the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 9, 2012.  In September 2014, the Air Force Association awarded the American Fighter Aces their Lifetime Achievement Award.  Additionally, he, along with all the American Fighter Aces, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014.  He was the Air Warrior Courage Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year for 2017.

Chuck DeBellevue is married to Sally Kanik of Rancho Cordova, CA.  They have two daughters and a son and four grandchildren.

Charles B. DeBellevue - President

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Les Nunn, a lawyer, was a Combat JAG in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. He served in the USAF at March AFB, California, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam, and Hahn Air Base, Germany. He worked for the Navajo Tribe and was the Administrator of the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. Les is a former trial lawyer who retired as a professor and the Chair of the Accounting and Finance Department, College of Business, University of Southern Indiana. He lives on a ranch in Pauls Valley, OK.

 

Having contracted Lymphoma cancer from Agent Orange in Vietnam, Les is a 100% Disabled Veteran who understands the problems facing veterans. He serves on the boards of directors of the Dale K Graham Foundation, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Garvin County Cattlemen’s Association, and is a member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association and the New Mexico Wool Growers Association. Les graduated from the University of Evansville, University of Denver College of Law, and the King Ranch Institute of Ranch Management certificate program at Texas A & M.

Les Nunn - Treasurer

David A. Poarch is an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) where he served as the state-wide organization’s elected president in 2015. Prior to his service as its president he twice served as a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors, 2001-2003 and 2010-2012.

Mr. Poarch earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1973 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1977.  He attended college and law school following service in Vietnam as a combat medic with the United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division (1967-1968).

He began his legal career as an Assistant United States Attorney in Oklahoma City.  He currently practices with the firm of Bailey and Poarch in Norman, Oklahoma, where he is engaged primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, and real estate.

Following service as in-house general counsel and chief operating officer for a private financial services business later acquired by a Fortune 500 company, he accepted an appointment as the Assistant Dean for External Affairs at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law, where he served from 1997 until his retirement in 2011.  In that capacity, he also taught paralegals and law students.

He is a member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, as well as a past and present member of several local bar associations, including the Cleveland County Bar.  He is a former elected member of the American Law Institute of the ABA (ALI-ABA), and a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.

Mr. Poarch also serves as the Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Norman.

David Poarch - Secretary

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Stanley L. Evans assumed the position of Assistant Dean for Students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in August, 2003; immediately after his law school graduation.  His selection for this position was unprecedented in two ways.  It is almost unheard of for a person to be a student one year, and be the Assistant Dean responsible for all student related actions and activities the following year.  Second, Dean Evans is the first African American to be appointed to a Dean position at any law school in the state of Oklahoma.  As Assistant Dean for Students, he had responsibilities encompassing the entire range of law student activities and services.  

Stanley L. Evans retired from the United States Army in March, 2000, with almost 32 years of military service, and started law school at the age of 54.  Colonel Evans’ final military assignment was as a Dean of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  There, he was responsible for the daily operations and management of the Army’s premier academic institution that had a yearly student body of over 5700 officers.  He led the Fort’s initiative to provide over 700 computers to Kansas public schools.  He was honored as the Alpha Phi Alpha’s “Leavenworth Man of the Year” in 1998 and again in 1999.  In the years, 1997-1999, he was instrumental in helping prepare and present the Congressional Proposal that led to the new $130M Lewis and Clark Military College Facility.

In Oklahoma, he served as the Chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s (OBA) Military and Veteran’s Section; and is one of the lead volunteers in the Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes program which provides free legal services to soldiers, veterans and their families.  He is also the chief legal coordinator for Oklahoma City’s MAKE-A-WILL Program, which provides free wills and trusts to African American families.  For his work in these projects and his mentoring of Oklahoma young lawyers and law students, he received the OBA Pro Bono Person of the Year in 2011 and an Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation.  His work on these community projects and others continues.

He was born in Athens, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He is a 1964 graduate of Douglass HS.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree at the University of Central Oklahoma and was awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Texas (Tyler).  Dean Evans received his Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Oklahoma.  His professional military education includes graduation from both the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS and the Army War College at Carlisle, PA.

Colonel Evans is a Viet-Nam War Veteran, who has received numerous Military Honors and Awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.  He also received the Silver Order of Mercury for service as the 5th Regimental Adjutant of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he oversaw the revision of the entire Signal Enlisted Soldier Career Structure.  He was also selected to the OCS Hall of Fame at Ft Sill, OK in 1997.

In 2006 his article My Thoughts on Law School and on Becoming A Lawyer, was published in The African American Law School Survival Guide and he made a CLE presentation to the Tulsa Bar Association on Diversity – Recruit, Retain, and Advance.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Dean Evans authored wide-ranging articles supporting military operations and initiatives.

Stanley L. Evans - Member

Justin serves as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.  He focuses on equipping clients with the knowledge and confidence necessary to make wise decisions for their families. He has served at Merrill Lynch since 2010 and been in the industry since 2007.  He is a former Army UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot and Commissioned Officer.  While on active duty he was deployed for combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Justin is honored to have recently been named to the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list in February of 2019.

He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the Oklahoma State University Army ROTC Program.  He lives in Norman, OK. He and his wife Tennille have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters.

Justin Covey - Member

Marlon T. James is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he attended Northwest Classen High School. Upon graduating from Northwest, Marlon was able to attend Langston University on an academic scholarship. While enrolled at Langston, Marlon simultaneously served in the Oklahoma National Guard and was a cadet in the ROTC program at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). He successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Langston and days later, received his commission from UCO, as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

After graduation, Marlon entered active duty and has been stationed all around the world. Throughout his 23-years in the Armed Forces, he has held positions of increased responsibility in management, human resources, operations, and leadership. Marlon was fortunate to command two companies, including one in combat where he was awarded the Bronze Star with “Valor” due to his actions (Read the article).

Now retired from the Army, he is currently employed with the Department of Defense as a Program Analyst in the Strategic Planning Unit, located at Tinker Air Force Base; he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Marlon most recently completed a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership degree from Webster University. He is also a proud and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is active in many roles throughout the community, his church, and other organizations.

Marlon has been married to Karrie L. James for five years and they have five awesome children: Marlon James II, Victoria, Kasey, Michael, and Nicholas. In his spare time, Marlon enjoys spending time with his family, friends, mentoring, tutoring, public speaking and serving the community.

Marlon Tenal James - Member

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Jeri Holmes has been practicing law in Oklahoma for over 20 years and started Nonprofit Solutions in 2004.  Jeri has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. As a lawyer for tax-exempt organizations and government entities, Jeri helps organizations create a foundation for future growth by ensuring legal compliance and strong governance.

Her services extend beyond simply providing legal counsel to organizations. Her goal is to ensure their ongoing success by strengthening governing documents, policies and operational efficiencies. She guides organizations in writing or rewriting bylaws and policies to ensure compliance, helps navigate the world of contracts and complex relationships, and helps them obtain or change tax-exempt status. In some situations, Jeri has served as interim CEO to provide more in-depth support for organizations facing a significant change or challenge.

Jeri also facilitates board trainings and legal responsibility classes for a number of organizations and foundations and teaches a Law and Nonprofit Organizations class for the master’s program at Oklahoma City University.  She has a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.  Jeri is also a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIX.

Through the addition of Alex Towler, J.D., Nonprofit Solutions has expanded services to include Human Resources and Estate Planning for philanthropists.

Jeri D. Holmes, J.D. - Member

Emery Fountain is an Oklahoma native with an impressive education alongside an extensive military career. Fountain completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sciences through Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He then received a Master of Science degree in Natural and Applied Sciences from Oklahoma State University in 1998. In 2002, Fountain graduated from the United States Army War College with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. Fountain is now a retired United States Army Officer who attained the rank of Major General. In his final assignment, he served beginning in January 2018 as Director of Domestic Operations and Force Development at the National Guard Bureau. His previous assignments include Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters, Deputy Director for Domestic Operations at United States Northern Command (J-3), acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard, and the Assistant Adjutant General Army, Oklahoma Army National Guard. He is now honored to serve as an active member of the veteran community.

Emery Fountain - Member

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Dr. Annette Murphy - Member

Dr. Murphy earned her BA, M Ed and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Her career began in 1968 as a secondary school English teacher. After completing her Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1972 she became a counselor in Millwood, Oklahoma City, and Norman Public Schools. She served in the Oklahoma State Department of Education for fifteen years in several different divisions including Human Relations (multicultural education), Guidance and Counseling and Planning, Research and Evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in Secondary School Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1986.

 

Dr. Murphy became Administrator of Guidance/Counseling Services in Oklahoma City Public Schools in 1993. She served as an assistant elementary principal in Oklahoma City Public Schools in 1994-95. Following the Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995 she was named Administrator of the FEMA grant to provide counseling services to students, staff, and parents affected by the bombing. She developed numerous local and national presentations on Responding to School Disasters and authored and/or co-authored several publications on related topics. She served on a U.S. Department of Education Crisis Response Team after the Littleton, CO school shooting disaster.

 

Murphy held adjunct professor positions at Rose State College, Langston University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Central Oklahoma.She served as CEO of the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma County and the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics and has experience in fundraising, board development, and governance.

 

She has been the recipient of several awards and held numerous offices in organizations throughout her career. She was a member of Leadership Oklahoma City class XIX and continues her participation in the alumni activities.

 

Annette learned of DKGVF when her late husband, a disabled Vietnam War Veteran, faced challenges attempting to apply for disability benefits. The Foundation provided the technical assistance they needed to help them navigate the system and to receive the medical resources and other benefits so necessary for his care.