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Governor Mary Fallin announces Outreach for Veterans Pilot Program:

Like many of you, I have heard of the Governor’s veterans pilot program but I have heard very little as to what it entails. Governor Mary Fallin announced efforts to inform Oklahoma veterans about the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, a … Continue reading

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Proposal in Congress would require service members to pay into GI Bill for benefits

Congress is in the early stages of considering a mandate for service members to pay into the GI Bill – The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs gave veterans groups a draft last week of legislation that would deduct $100 from … Continue reading

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VA suicide prevention:

While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests. Overall, male veterans with drug or alcohol problems are more than twice … Continue reading

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VA mental health care – Senators ask for more OTH details:

Eight Democrats in the Senate are seeking more details from the Department of Veterans Affairs about an announcement last week that the VA would provide urgent mental health care to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. In a letter to VA Secretary … Continue reading

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USFSPA & divorce – dividing retired pay:

A case involving the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA), a controversial 1982 law, is being heard before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The case will determine the extent of a state court’s legal authority to … Continue reading

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder … Continue reading

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The Oklahoma senate and house veterans and military affairs committee

Many have asked me “Who are the members of the Oklahoma veterans and military affairs committee”? Following are the members of the Oklahoma house and senate veterans and military affairs committees: House – Chair Rep. Tommy Hardin, Vice Chair Rep. … Continue reading

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 The Honor Salute Program:

Veteran service organizations in several states have formed a “Final Salute Program” which is to honor veterans on a hospice program and to give them one final salute. While the program is geared primarily towards Vietnam veterans it does not … Continue reading

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• VA burial benefits update ► H.R.1390 | Transportation Reimbursement Bill:

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) introduced a bill that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for the transportation of a deceased veteran’s remains to a state-owned or tribal-owned veterans cemetery. The VA is currently only authorized to … Continue reading

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• Gulf War Memorial

The Senate passed a joint resolution on 8 MAR which would authorize a national memorial dedicated to those who served in the campaign that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion to be built on the National Mall. The House passed … Continue reading

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