08 December - Toy Run - Tulsa, Oklahoma
14 December - Toy Run in Oklahoma City (see events section)
16 January - Mayor of Tulsa Veterans Advisory Council Meeting - begins at 1400 hrs and all veterans are welcome to attend and provide input.
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
President George Washington
Delivered a Gold Star Afghan to the family of LTC. Ron Scott, USAF. LTC Scott was KIA during the Vietnam War and recently interred in Claremore, OK.
Our brothers and sisters who have left this earth and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Past in History, the Future is a mystery, and the Present is a gift from our God.
Future meeting dates & locations:
Dec 14 - Meeting & Christmas party, Broken Arrow beginning at 1700 hrs with meeting and party at 1800 hrs
Jan 19, 2020 - Coweta
Feb 16, 2020 - Muskogee
Mar15, 2020 - Coweta
Veterans with PTSD and TBIs could get help if they were less-than-honorably discharged:
A class-action lawsuit aiming to upgrade the other-than-honorable "bad paper" discharges of Navy and Marine veterans could help those diagnosed with PTSD, TBIs and other service-related conditions.
A year ago, a federal judge certified the class of Navy and Marine veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan era, who said they were wrongly denied upgrades from their other-than-honorable discharges even though they have been diagnosed with service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries or other related conditions.
The court found the veterans would be best served as a class, pursuing a combined solution.
T he lawsuit aims to guarantee fair treatment of veterans appealing their discharges. Another lawsuit seeks a similar change in the Army. "(The ruling) ... reaffirms the law and brings us one step closer to getting justice for every veteran who was unfairly dismissed from the military with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma and denied their honorable discharge," Manker said in a statement following the judge's decision to deny the Navy a dismissal.
Disabled veterans can now fly space-A:
As reported by Jim Absher for Military.com, many disabled veterans are now eligible to fly Space-A on military aircraft. The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act allows veterans with a permanent and total service-connected Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating to travel space available on military aircraft. Veterans will be assigned a travel priority of Category 6, the lowest priority available, along with retirees and their dependents. Dependents of disabled veterans are not eligible for Space-A travel.
Previously we talked about incarcerated veterans and the health care they earned and are not receiving from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections because of the mere fact that they are incarcerated. The majority of veterans in the Oklahoma prison system are there for either drug or alcohol abuse. Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations states "The Health Care for Reentry Veterans Program (HCRV) offers outreach to Veterans incarcerated in state and federal prisons, and referrals and short-term case management assistance upon release from prison. he Veterans Justice Outreach Program (VJO) offers outreach and case management to Veterans involved in law enforcement encounters, overseen by treatment courts, and incarcerated in local jails. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/ to locate an outreach worker.
The Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program offers outreach and linkage to needed treatment and services to Veterans involved in law enforcement encounters, seen in the court system, and/or incarcerated in local jails who may be at risk for homelessness upon their release. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/VJO.asp to locate a Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist.
The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans (HCRV) Program offers outreach, linkage to needed treatment and services, and short-term case management assistance for Veterans incarcerated in state or federal prison who may be at risk for homelessness upon their release. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/Reentry.asp to locate a Reentry Specialist."
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is not about to insure that veterans are receiving the health care they need.
Hopefully next week we will talk about the good some incarcerated veterans do for the community and you may not even be aware of what they do.
For more news regarding veterans and active duty personnel refer to the "Veteran and active duty news" tab above.
We will have a meeting and Christmas party on December 14, 2019 at Gleyn's shop. Meeting will begin at 1700 hrs and the party will begin at 1800 hrs. There will be a Dirty Santa
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