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In establishing employment lists of eligible persons for competitive and noncompetitive appointment, certain preferences shall be allowed for veterans honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United State[74:840-4.14(A)].

  1. Five points shall be added to the final grade of any person who has passed the examination and has submitted proof of having status as a:
          A. veteran [74:840-4.14(A)(1)]; or
          B. unremarried surviving spouse of a veteran [74:840-4.14(A)(1)]; or
          C. spouse of a veteran who is unemployable due to a service-connected disability as certified by the Veterans Administration or agency of the Defense Department within six (6) months of the date of application [74:840-4.14(A)(2)].
     
  2. Ten points shall be added to the final grade of any war veteran as defined in Section 67.13a of  Title 72 of the Oklahoma Statutes who has passed the examination and has submitted proof of having a service-connected disability as certified by the Veterans Administration or Agency of the Defense Department within six (6) months of date of application [74:840-4.14(A)(3)].
     
  3.  In addition to the 10 points preference provided in (2) of this subsection, such eligible war veterans who are in receipt of benefits payable at the rate of 30% or more because of the service-connected disability, shall be considered Absolute Preference Veterans. Their names shall be placed at the top of the register, ranked in order of their examination scores. Absolute Preference Veterans shall not be denied employment and passed over for others without showing cause. [74:840-4.14(A)(3)]

Direct Hire Authority 530:10-9-111 and 10-9-112 [74:840-4.13(C)]. Applicants for LPN, RN, and Nurse Manager positions may apply directly to the veterans centers.

Special Disabled Veterans 530:10-9-100  Veterans with 30% or more service-connected disability may be hired directly at this agency, in accordance with the “Persons with Severe Disabilities Program”, [74:840-1.15] and Senate Bill 200. This program provides exemption from entrance exams and other hiring procedures. A one-year probationary period applies.

Noncompetitive Appointments 530:10-9-95  Appointing Authorities who have classes of positions of unskilled or semi-skilled labor, or similar classes designated by the Administrator as noncompetitive, may appoint qualified veterans or non-veterans in accordance with 530:10-9-71 and 530:10-9-92.

 

Any person having the following qualifications is hereby authorized to apply for, receive, and display a certain badge or medal, to be known as "The Oklahoma Cross of Valor":

  1. Was a resident of Oklahoma at the time of entering the military service of the United States;
  2. The military service referred to in (1) above, was performed during either World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Republic of Vietnam Conflict, or during any period of time in which the United States participated in a war, campaign or battle;
  3. Was made and officially listed as captive by the enemy during the service mentioned in (2) above; and
  4. Was honorably discharged from the military service.

Military/Veteran License Plates

The Oklahoma Tax Commission issues many official special license plates for Oklahoma Veterans.

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Special license plates shall not be transferred to any other person but shall be removed from the vehicle upon transfer of ownership and retained.  The special license plate may then be used on another vehicle but only after such other vehicle has been registered for the current year with a motor license agent.

The Commission shall take applications by October 1 of each year for the following calendar year for special license plates and shall issue such plates to each applicant.

Property Tax

Oklahoma law creates an exemption for certain Veterans from property tax. The exemption applies to certain injured veterans and surviving spouse of those veterans. The exemption would be for the full fair cash value of the homestead. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Honorably discharged from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Oklahoma National Guard
  • Oklahoma resident
  • 100% permanent disabled-service connected
  • Disability must have been sustained through military action or accident, or result from a disease contracted while in active service
  • The disability must be certified by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA can help you obtain this certification letter)

Oklahoma Income Tax

The first one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) received, as salary for service in the United States Armed Forces shall be deducted from taxable income. The Oklahoma Tax Commission may, according to the provisions set forth, grant an extension to any member of the United States Armed Forces when filing is impractical.

Exemption For Sales Tax

Sales of tangible personal property or services to persons who are residents of Oklahoma and have been honorably discharged from active service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States or Oklahoma National Guard and who have been certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor to be in receipt of disability compensation at the one-hundred-percent rate and the disability shall be permanent and have been sustained through military action or accident or resulting from disease contracted while in such active service.

Exemption For Retirement Benefits

Retirement benefits received by an individual from any component of the Armed Forces of the U.S. shall be exempt from taxable income in an amount not to exceed the greater of 75% of such benefits or $10,000.

All honorably discharged veterans who are currently Oklahoma residents shall be allowed free admission to all state-owned or state–operated parks and museums. A valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo identification card and military discharge papers (DD Form 214) or similar evidence of an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces shall be required for free admission.

Free hunting and fishing permit for legal resident veterans having a disability of sixty percent (60%) or more exempt from the Wildlife Land Stamp requirements;

Legal residents having proper certification from the USDVA or its successor certifying that the person is a disabled veteran may purchase a disability lifetime combination hunting/fishing license. The fees for the license are:

  • $200 for veterans having a disability of LESS THAN 60%;

and $25.00 for veterans having a disability of 60% OR MORE.  (The $25.00 license provides some additional tags not included in the free permit for veterans with a 60% or more certified disability.)

Persons with proper certification from the USDVA or its successor, certifying that the person is a disabled veteran in receipt of compensation at the 100% rate are exempt from the fees for:

  • the DEER GUN HUNTING License;
  • the DEER ARCHERY HUNTING License;
  • the PRIMITIVE FIREARMS License;
  • BONUS, SPECIAL, OR SECOND DEER GUN HUNTING License

There shall be no exemptions except for residents sixty-four (64) years of age or older provided such residents have obtained a senior citizen’s license pursuant to the provisions of Section 4-133 of this title.

Legal resident veterans having a disability of 60% or more are exempt from the Wildlife Land Stamp requirements

Disability Compensation

Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as a mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Benefit

The benefit amount is graduated according to the degree of the Veteran's disability on a scale from 10 percent to 100 percent (in increments of 10 percent). Compensation may also be paid for disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.

Eligibility

  • Service in the Uniformed Services on active duty, OR
  • ​Active duty for training, OR
  • Inactive duty training, AND
  • You were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  • ​​You are at least 10% disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training

Note: If you were on inactive duty for training, the disability must have resulted from injury, heart attack, or stroke.

ODVA Veterans Service Representatives can help you file a claim for service connected disability compensation.

Life isn't always easy after a deployment. That's where Vet Centers can help.

Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Vet Centers guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat. Services for a Veteran may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential.

Oklahoma City Vet Center

6804 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Phone: 405-456-5184 Or 877-927-8387

Tulsa Vet Center

14002 E. 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74134-1412

Phone: 918-628-2760 Or 918-628-2760

Lawton Vet Center

1016 SW C Avenue, Suite B
Lawton, OK 73501

Phone: 580-585-5880 Or 877-927-8387

  

 

A VA Veteran who is eligible for an evaluation under Chapter 31 must first apply for services and receive an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will work with the Veteran to determine if an employment handicap exists as a result of his or her service connected disability. If an employment handicap is established and the Veteran is found entitled to services. The VRC and the Veteran will continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the Veteran's rehabilitation and employment needs. For additional information, please visit the Federal VA site at Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment.

The rehabilitation plan will specify an employment or independent living goal, identify intermediate goals, and outline services and resources that VA will provide to assist the Veteran to achieve his / her goals. The VRC and the Veteran will work together to implement the plan to assist the Veteran to achieve his or her employment and / or independent living goals.

A Veteran found not to be entitled to services, the VRC will help him or her locate other resources to address any rehabilitation and employment needs identified during the evaluation. Referral to other resources may include state vocational rehabilitation programs; Department of Labor employment programs for disabled veterans; state, federal or local agencies providing services for employment or small business development; internet-based resources for rehabilitation and employment; and information about applying for financial aid.

 

For complete details on government life insurance, visit the VA Internet site at www.insurance.va.gov or call VA’s Insurance Center toll-free at 1-800-669-8477. Specialists are available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Eastern Time, to discuss premium payments, insurance dividends, address changes, policy loans, naming beneficiaries and reporting the death of the insured.

If the insurance policy number is not known, send whatever information is available, such as the veteran’s VA file number, date of birth, Social Security number, military serial number or military service branch and dates of service to:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office and Insurance Center
Box 42954
Philadelphia, PA 19101

For information about Service-members’ Group Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance, Service-members’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection, or Service-members’ Group Life Insurance Family Coverage, visit the Web site above or call the Office of Service-members’ Group Life Insurance directly at 1-800-419-1473.

VA home loan guaranties are issued to help eligible service-members, veterans, reservists and certain unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes, condominiums, residential cooperative housing units, and manufactured homes, and to refinance loans. For additional information or to obtain VA loan guaranty forms, visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/.

Loan Uses: A VA guaranty helps protect lenders from loss if the borrower fails to repay the loan. It can be used to obtain a loan to:

  1. Buy or build a home. 
  2. Buy a residential condominium unit.
  3. Buy a residential cooperative housing unit.
  4. Repair, alter, or improve a residence owned by the veteran and occupied as a home.
  5. Refinance an existing home loan.
  6. Buy a manufactured home and/or lot.
  7. Install a solar heating or cooling system or other energy-efficient improvements.

Eligibility: In addition to the periods of eligibility and conditions of service requirements, applicants must have a good credit rating, sufficient income, a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE), and agree to live in the property in order to be approved by a lender for a VA home loan.

A COE can be obtained either directly from the VA Eligibility Center (in hard-copy form), or electronically, either through your lender, or by applying online at VA’s COE Website www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/docs/Veteran_registration_coe.pdf.

In applying for a hard-copy COE from the VA Eligibility Center, it is typically necessary that the eligible veteran present a copy of his/her report of discharge or DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty or other adequate substitute evidence to VA. An eligible active duty service-member should obtain and submit to the VA Eligibility Center a statement of service signed by an appropriate military official. To obtain a COE, complete VA Form 26-1880 -- “Request for a Certificate of Eligibility” -- and mail to: VA Eligibility Center, P.O. Box 20729, Winston-Salem, NC 27120.

Please note that while VA’s Internet-based system can establish eligibility and issue an online COE in a matter of seconds, not all cases can be processed online. The system can only process those cases for which VA has sufficient data in their records.

However, veterans and service-members are encouraged to apply online before seeking a hard-copy COE from the VA Eligibility Center. For more information, or to apply for a COE online, visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/purchaseco_certificate.asp

Eligibility

Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and service members who die while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as spouses and dependent children of Veterans and active duty service-members, may be eligible for VA burial and memorial benefits. The Veteran does not have to die before a spouse or dependent child for them to be eligible.

With certain exceptions, active duty service beginning after Sept. 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and after Oct. 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 consecutive months or the full period of active duty (as in the case of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty for a limited duration). Active duty for training, by itself, while serving in the reserves or National Guard, is not sufficient to confer eligibility. Reservists and National Guard members, as well as their spouses and dependent children, are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death, or would have been upon reaching requisite age. See Chapter 8 for more information.

VA’s National Cemetery Scheduling Office or local national cemetery directors verify eligibility for burial. A copy of the Veteran’s discharge document that specifies the period(s) of active duty and character of discharge is usually sufficient to determine eligibility. In some instances, a copy of the deceased’s death certificate and proof of relationship to the Veteran (for eligible family members) may be required.

Under Section 2411 of Title 38 of the United States Code, certain otherwise eligible individuals found to have committed federal or state capital crimes are barred from burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery, and from receipt of government-furnished headstones, markers, medallions, burial flags, and Presidential Memorial Certificates. Veterans and other claimants for VA burial benefits have the right to appeal decisions made by VA regarding eligibility for national cemetery burial or other memorial benefits. Chapter 13 discusses the procedures for appealing VA claims. This chapter contains information on the full range of VA burial and memorial benefits. Readers with questions may contact the nearest national cemetery, listed by state in the VA Facilities section of this book, call 1-800-827-1000, or visit the Web site at www.cem.va.gov.

Burial in VA National Cemeteries

Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible Veterans, their spouses and dependents at no cost to the family and includes the grave site, grave-liner, opening and closing of the grave, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care as part of a national shrine. For Veterans, benefits also include a burial flag (with case for active duty) and military funeral honors. Family members and other loved ones of deceased Veterans may request Presidential Memorial Certificates.

VA operates 131 national cemeteries, of which 72 are open for new casket interments and 18 are open to accept only cremated remains. Burial options are limited to those available at a specific cemetery but may include in-ground casket, or interment of cremated remains in a columbarium, in ground or in a scatter garden. Contact the national cemetery directly, or visit our Website at www.cem.va.gov to determine if a particular cemetery is open for new burials, and which other options are available.

The funeral director or the next of kin makes interment arrangements by contacting the National Cemetery Scheduling Office or, in some cases, the national cemetery in which burial is desired. VA normally does not conduct burials on weekends. Grave sites cannot be reserved; however, VA will honor reservations made under previous programs.

Surviving spouses of Veterans who died on or after Jan. 1, 2000, do not lose eligibility for burial in a national cemetery if they remarry. Burial of dependent children is limited to unmarried children under 21 years of age, or under 23 years of age if a full-time student at an approved educational institution. Unmarried adult children who become physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before age 21, or age 23 if a full-time student, also are eligible for burial.

Certain Eligible Parents. A new federal law passed in 2010 (Public Law 111-275) extends burial benefits to certain parents of service members who die as a result of hostile activity or from training-related injuries who are buried in a national cemetery in a grave site with available space. The biological or adopted parents of a service-member who died in combat or while performing training in preparation for a combat mission, who leaves no surviving spouse or dependent child, may be buried with the deceased service-member if the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines that there is available space. The law applies to service-members who died on or after Oct. 7, 2001 and to parents who died on or after Oct. 13, 2010.

Headstones, Markers and Medallions: Veterans, active duty service members, and retired Reservists and National Guard service members, are eligible for an inscribed headstone or marker for their grave at any cemetery – national, State Veterans, or private. VA will deliver a headstone or marker at no cost, anywhere in the world. For eligible Veterans whose deaths occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, VA may provide a government headstone or marker even if the grave is already marked with a private one, or VA may provide a medallion instead of a headstone or marker for Veterans’ graves in private cemeteries when the grave is already marked with a privately-purchased headstone or marker. Spouses and dependent children are eligible for a government headstone or marker only if they are buried in a national or State Veterans cemetery.

Flat markers are available in bronze, granite or marble. Upright headstones come in granite or marble. In national cemeteries, the style provided will be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains. Medallions are made of bronze and are available in three sizes: 5-inch, 3-inch, and 1 ½-inches.

Headstones, markers and medallions previously provided by the government may be replaced at the government’s expense if badly deteriorated, illegible, vandalized or stolen. To check the status of a claim for a headstone or marker for placement in a national or State Veterans cemetery, call the cemetery. To check the status of one being placed in a private cemetery, call 1-800-697-6947.

Inscription: Headstones and markers must be inscribed with the name of the deceased, branch of service, and year of birth and death. They also may be inscribed with other optional information, including an authorized emblem of belief and, space permitting, additional text including military rank; war service such as “World War II;” complete dates of birth and death; military awards; military organizations; civilian or Veteran affiliations; and personalized words of endearment.

Private Cemeteries: To submit a claim for a headstone, marker or medallion for a private cemetery, mail a completed VA Form 40-1330 (available at www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330.pdf), Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker, and a copy of the Veteran’s military discharge document to Memorial Programs Service (41A1), Department of Veterans Affairs, 5109 Russell Rd., Quantico, VA 22134-3903. The form and supporting documents may also be faxed toll free to 1-800-455-7143.

Before ordering, check with the cemetery to ensure that the Government-furnished headstone or marker will be accepted. All installation fees are the responsibility of the applicant.

“In Memory Of” Markers: VA provides memorial headstones and markers with “In Memory Of” as the first line of inscription, to memorialize those whose remains have not been recovered or identified, were buried at sea, donated to science or cremated and scattered. Eligibility is the same as for regular headstones and markers. There is no fee when the “In Memory Of” marker is placed in a national cemetery. All installation fees at private cemeteries are the responsibility of the applicant.

Medallions in Lieu of Government Headstone/Marker: Public Law 110-157 enacted December 26, 2007, expanded VA authority to provide a medallion instead of a headstone or marker for Veterans’ graves in private cemeteries when the grave is already marked with a privately-purchased headstone or marker. Claimants will have the option to apply for either a traditional headstone or marker to place on the grave, or a medallion to affix to a privately-purchased headstone or marker. VA anticipates the medallion will be available during 2010. Current information regarding medallion availability is located at www.cem.va.gov.

Presidential Memorial Certificates are issued upon request to recognize the United States military service of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. Next of kin, relatives and other loved ones may apply for a certificate by mailing, e-mailing, or faxing a completed and signed VA Form 40-0247 along with a copy of the Veteran’s military discharge documents or proof of honorable military service. The form and eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-0247.pdfAll requests must be sent with supporting military documents or proof of honorable military service.

Burial Flags: VA will furnish a U.S. burial flag to memorialize:

  1. Veterans who served during wartime or after Jan. 31, 1955.
  2. Veterans who were entitled to retired pay for service in the Reserve or National Guard, or would have been entitled if over age 60.
  3. Members or former members of the Selected Reserve who served their initial obligation, or were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or died while a member of the Selected Reserve.

The next of kin may apply for the flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office by completing VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes, available at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-27-2008-ARE.pdf. In most cases, a funeral director will help the family obtain the flag.

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses: VA will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000 if the Veteran’s death is service-connected. In such cases, the person who bore the Veteran’s burial expenses may claim reimbursement from VA.

In some cases, VA will pay the cost of transporting the remains of a Veteran whose death was service-connected to the nearest national cemetery with available grave sites. There is no time limit for filing reimbursement claims in service-connected death cases.

Burial Allowance: VA will pay a $300 burial and funeral allowance for Veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled if they were not receiving military retirement pay. Eligibility also may be established when death occurs in a VA facility, a VA-contracted nursing home or a State Veterans nursing home. In cases in which the Veteran’s death was not service-connected, claims must be filed within two years after burial or cremation.

Plot Allowance: VA will pay a plot allowance when a Veteran is buried in a cemetery not under U.S. government jurisdiction if: the Veteran was discharged from active duty because of disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; the Veteran was receiving compensation or pension or would have been if the Veteran was not receiving military retired pay; or the Veteran died in a VA facility.

The plot allowance may be paid to the state for the cost of a plot or interment in a state-owned cemetery reserved solely for Veteran burials if the Veteran is buried without charge. Burial expenses paid by the deceased’s employer or a state agency will not be reimbursed.

Military Funeral Honors: Upon request, DoD will provide military funeral honors consisting of folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “Taps.” A funeral honors detail consists of two or more uniformed members of the armed forces, with at least one member from the deceased’s branch of service.

Family members should inform their funeral director if they want military funeral honors. DoD maintains a toll-free number (1-877-MIL-HONR) for use by funeral directors only to request honors. VA can help arrange honors for burials at VA national cemeteries. Veterans service organizations or volunteer groups may help provide honors. For more information, visit www.dmdc.osd.mil/mfh/.

Veterans Cemeteries Administered by Other Agencies

Arlington National Cemetery: Administered by the Department of the Army. Eligibility is more restrictive than at VA national cemeteries. For information, call (703) 607-8000, write Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211, or visitwww.arlingtoncemetery.mil.

Department of the Interior: Administers two active national cemeteries – Andersonville National Cemetery in Georgia and Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Tennessee. Eligibility is similar to VA national cemeteries.

State Veterans Cemeteries: Seventy-nine State Veterans cemeteries offer burial options for Veterans and their families. These cemeteries have similar eligibility requirements but many require state residency. Some services, particularly for family members, may require a fee. Contact the State cemetery or State Veterans affairs office for information.

VA Health Eligibility

VA provides a Medical Benefits Package to all enrolled Veterans. This comprehensive plan provides a full range of preventive outpatient and inpatient services within VA health care system. Also, once you enroll in the VA’s health care system, you can be seen at any VA facility across the country.

VA operates an annual enrollment system that helps to manage the provision of health care by providing an overall population of beneficiaries. Additionally, the enrollment system ensures that Veterans who are eligible can get care and ensures that care is given to Veterans who are eligible. VA applies a variety of factors in determining Veterans’ eligibility for enrollment, but once a Veteran is enrolled, that Veteran remains enrolled in the VA health care system.

Do You Qualify?

There are many ways that a Veteran may qualify to receive top-notch VA health care at over 1,400 medical centers and clinics across the nation. The VA has highly trained physicians and clinicians that allow the VA to address many specialties. You may also be able to receive assistance with prescription medication. VA health care is portable. Once enrolled, you may receive care at your home facility as well as the nearest VA facility while traveling. If you are a Veteran, and you want low-cost, high-quality health care, please take a moment to see if you qualify.

Eligibility for Veterans Pension

Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled, or age 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service; at least one day of which was during a period of war. The 90-day active service requirement does not apply to veterans with a service-connected disability justifying discharge from the military. (Veterans who entered active duty on or after Sept. 8, 1980, or officers who entered active duty on or after Oct. 16, 1981, may have to meet a longer minimum period of active duty). The veteran’s discharge must have been under conditions other than dishonorable and the disability must be for reasons other than the veteran’s own willful misconduct.

Payments are made to bring the veteran’s total income, including other retirement or Social Security income, to a level set by Congress. Un-reimbursed medical expenses may reduce countable income for VA purposes.

Protected Pension

Pension beneficiaries, who were receiving a VA pension on Dec. 31, 1978, and do not wish to elect the Improved Pension, will continue to receive the pension rate received on that date. This rate generally continues as long as the beneficiary’s income remains within established limits, or net worth does not bar payment, and the beneficiary does not lose any dependents.

Beneficiaries must continue to meet basic eligibility factors, such as permanent and total disability for veterans. VA must adjust rates for other reasons, such as a veteran’s hospitalization in a VA facility.

Medal of Honor Pension

VA administers pensions to recipients of the Medal of Honor. Congress set the monthly pension at $1,194.

Improved Veterans Pension

Congress establishes the maximum annual improved Veterans pension rates. Payments are reduced by the amount of countable income of the veteran, spouse and dependent children. When a veteran without a spouse or a child is furnished nursing home or domiciliary care by VA, the pension is reduced to an amount not to exceed $90 per month after three calendar months of care. The reduction may be delayed if nursing-home care is being continued to provide the veteran with rehabilitation services.

The Tulsa Glassblowing School is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.  The school provides a creative outlet for youth and coummunity through education, instruction and promotion of glass art.  VETri is a special program designed specifically for Veterans.  It offers a free six week intensive glassblowing program for a group of six to eight Veterans at a time.  The program offers Veterans a chance to not only learn the art of glassblowing but also the opportunity to create new bonds within the Veteran community.

TulsaGlassBlowing.org

The goal of the OBA and the Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes Program (OLAHP) is to ensure that, just as no one should be left behind on the battlefield, no one who has honorably served this country should be left behind in the legal system or denied access to justice.

Qualified veterans, active duty, guard, reserve, and retired military members may request assistance through the program.

For more information click on the link below:

Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes

The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is the source for talking books for those who are unable to read the written word due to visual impairments or physical disabilities. We mail thousands of free recorded books and the equipment needed to play them to patrons all across the state.

Our librarians are here to assist patrons with their reading selections. The Oklahoma Telephone Reader provides general interest newspaper articles and magazines for patrons to access via their home telephone.

The Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center assists children with their educational material needs including textbooks and equipment.

http://www.library.state.ok.us/

 

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income persons throughout Oklahoma. LASO was born in 2001 when Legal Aid Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma were merged to create a unified program for the state. LASO maintains 18 offices throughout Oklahoma.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

It is the mission of Soldier’s Wish to identify unmet needs of veterans of military service regardless of branch or rank and identify or provide resources to meet those needs by providing needed support directly to the veteran service members and/or their families in order that such service members can lead normal and productive lives.

“Veterans” may be those who have served only a short time and are still on active duty, those who served a single enlistment, those who were discharged due to their wounds, and those who retired from active duty. In addition, Soldier’s Wish will educate the public about the needs of the veteran’s and active duty communities and encourage the public to participate in meeting those needs by volunteering and other means.

Soldier's Wish

Give an Hour offers private therapy at no cost to post 9/11 troops and returning Veterans and their spouses and children.  It also offers services to parents, siblings, and un-married partners who are not entitled to receive mental health benefits through the military or VA.

www.giveanhour.org

 

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The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and tools for employers.

Here are some of the resources you’ll find in just a few clicks on Veterans.gov:

For Job Seekers

  • Connect with one-on-one assistance in the nearly 2,500 American Job Centers located conveniently in communities around the country.
  • Explore online job listings.
  • Search career paths by industry, by similarity to military careers, or by keyword.
  • Locate approved local training programs, colleges and universities.
  • Find federal jobs as well as government career programs in sectors like agriculture, transportation, energy/utilities and homeland security.
  • Learn how to start a business.

Veterans.gov

Troops to Teachers is a federally funded program designed to assist separated members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Reserve Component Personnel with obtaining certification and employment as teachers. Applicants for employment as teachers must have at least a baccalaureate degree. All educationally qualified applicants will be extended placement and referral services.

Troops to Teachers Website

 

Equipping Oklahoma's Workforce

Oklahoma needs a robust and well-trained workforce. However, many individuals lack the training and professional skills that will help them get—and keep—good jobs. Work Ready Oklahoma staff and our partners come alongside these individuals to grow their professional skills and increase their job prospects.

Our work readiness and training services are provided free of charge to qualifying participants. These services include:

  • Technical, computer and soft skills training
  • Continuing education
  • Job search support and follow-up
  • Basic personal budget training
  • Mentors

Connecting Employers With Qualified Job Candidates

Work Ready Oklahoma also provides local employers with free employment services to help them find the right job candidates.

Work Ready Oklahoma Website

The Oklahoma State University Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and also by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities.

Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)

The Oklahoma Veteran Support Team, is a 100% volunteer group. Our goal is to help Oklahoma veterans in need of a hand up.
We are honored to work alongside of other outstanding veterans groups. Such as the PGR, Oklahoma Dept of Veteran Affairs,
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Hold My Hand.

Oklahoma Veteran Support Team Website

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available. 

Veterans Crisis Line Website

 

Oklahoma is served by two regional 2-1-1 call centers, located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Together, these centers provide 2-1-1 service to 100% of Oklahoma’s population.

2-1-1 Helpline's Service Area serves the following 37 counties in Eastern Oklahoma:
Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garvin, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington

2-1-1 HELPLINE

MyRide is a One-Click/One-Call Clearinghouse of Oklahoma's public transportation resources.
MyRide cannot pay for a ride or schedule a ride, but it is a good place to start when you are looking for a ride.

MyRide One-Click is a website available to everyone with access to a computer and an internet connection.

MyRide One-Call is a call-center available to those with no access to a computer or internet connection. Call
844-OKMyRide (844-656-9743) and a call-center representative will navigate the MyRide website for you by telephone.

MyRide Website

OKJobMatch.com is a web-based job-matching and labor market information system. OKJobMatch.com provides job seekers, employers, and training providers with easy-to-use tools that support a wide range of activities. As a service of the public workforce system, OKJobMatch.com is completely free for you to use. You only need a computer and internet access to do the following:

  • Create and post a resume or job order
  • Determine whether you're eligible for state- or federally funded workforce programs
  • Search for the ideal job or job candidate
  • Search for the ideal training or service provider
  • Research labor market information
  • And much more!

OKJobMatch.com

The goal of the Veterans Treatment Court is to help those who served our nation recover from addictions. Tulsa Veterans Court targets veterans charged with non-violent felonies and who also struggle with drug and/or alcohol addictions, and/or mental health problems.

Tulsa's is the first Veterans Treatment Court in Oklahoma and the third in the United States. Judge Sarah Day Smith called the initial Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court docket on December 8, 2008. 

Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court

Volunteers of America Oklahoma reaches out to over 2,000 Oklahomans every month by providing affordable senior housing, residential support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and assisting individuals at the risk of homelessness.

Volunteers of America

Warriors for Freedom Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization that provides support to our nation’s heroes and their families in the areas of recreational and social activities, scholarships, veteran suicide and mental health awareness, specifically Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Combat Stress Reaction (CSR).  We network with other organizations to connect these heroes with resources available to them for support.

Warriors For Freedom

This organization was created to assist families who upon the death of their loved one who has served our country, the opportunity to have augmented military honors when the family deems that the legislated two man flag fold is not enough.  We perform this mission with disabled veterans from all branches of service who want another mission to be back in service dress uniform to render final honors, and pay it forward.

We provide indoor and outdoor activities for our veterans who cope with anxiety or depression that could lead to veteran suicide.  We fulfill this mission by creating activities that allow these men and women to be with other veterans in a non-clinical environment peer to peer with other veterans who cope with the same issues on a daily basis.  We achieve this through hunting, fishing, shooting sports, family and couples gatherings, faith based programs, service/companion dog placement, employment, and adaptive sports for veterans who are paralyzed or amputees.  We also provide financial assistance to veterans who may need assistance with home repairs, utilities, clothing and food.

Honoring America's Warriors

The Homeless Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the system of care for the homeless in Oklahoma City through collaboration with government, faith-based and nonprofit service providers. The ultimate goal of the Homeless Alliance is to rally our community to end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City by both preventing homelessness and increasing the supply of affordable and permanent supportive housing to move those who are currently homeless back into housing.

The Homeless Alliance

OESC Veterans Division

As Veterans serving Veterans, our mission is to insure Veterans Priority of Services throughout OESC, along with offering our Veterans and the transitioning service members with the proper resources and services to succeed in the 21st Century workforce. We pledge our utmost to protect their employment rights, maximize their employment opportunities, and meet the labor market demands with qualified veteran employees.

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

The Employment Coordination Program increases career opportunities for Oklahoma Guardsmen / Veterans by developing proactive positive relationships with Oklahoma employers and connecting our Citizen Soldiers / Airmen with those employers through all available channels in order to obtain stabilized careers and optimal retention. 

Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program

In our continued efforts to reach all veterans, we find it important to meet them right where they are in their lives. We strive to connect them with the resources and advantages the Tulsa community has for them. We believe in bringing Coffee Bunker to our veterans in order to give them an opportunity to know there is a special place for them to call their own, and to find how we and our sister resources can help them.

The Coffee Bunker

ODVA and the Oklahoma Arts Council have partnered to bring professional art instruction and programs to Veteran residents in Oklahoma Veterans Centers.

Oklahoma Arts Council

IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.

ODVA partners with IAVA to present Mental Health First Aid training and other Veterans programs.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Mission Statement

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Website

Oklahoma Military Connection connects civilian employers with Oklahoma veterans, service members, and their families.

 

HeartLine, Inc. has been serving Oklahoma since 1971 and provides suicide prevention outreach programscompassionate listeninginformation and referral services, and crisis intervention services. Call specialists are available around the clock answering HeartLine’s various helplines, including: 2-1-1, 848-CARE, the Oklahoma Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-522-4700, and two national suicide prevention lines, 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-273-TALK.

HeartLine 2-1-1 Online Resource Database

The National Guard Association of Oklahoma is a not for profit Veterans Service Organization based in Oklahoma City.  We represent the interests of the 10,000 men and women of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard.  

We are dedicated to promoting the status, welfare and professionalism of the officers and enlisted members of the Army and Air National Guard by supporting legislation that provides adequate staffing, pay benefits, entitlements, equipment, and installations for the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard.

The National Guard Association of Oklahoma

For more than 68 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. 

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for themselves and for veterans, their families and survivors.

Disabled American Veterans

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

The American Legion

The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Program Link

Connect with civilian employers who actively hire veterans and service members. Find resources for training, support and services for military spouses.

Oklahoma Works - Military & Veterans

Ki Bois - Supportive Services for Veteran Families

The Veterans Administration has been authorized to offer community-based grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, which will provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families in or transitioning to permanent housing.  Funds are granted to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will assist very low-income Veteran families by providing a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability.

Program Link

BRRX4Vets is a rapid rehousing program funded by the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant. BRRX4Vets uses the housing first model to provide temporary intervention and short term assistance to very low-income veteran families who are homeless or facing eviction.

Program Link

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) is to provide temporary supportive services to very low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Through the SSVF homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services, veteran households will be supported in maintaining long-term housing stability.

Program Link

 

The goal of this CSC initiative is to create a plan for the Tulsa area to best address the priority needs of returning vets and their families or caregivers. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are main focuses.

Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma

ODVA has partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to better serve the mental health needs of the Veteran community.

Our Veterans Liaison at ODMHSAS is:

John Wilson
405-522-8783
john.wilson@odmhsas.org

ODMHSAS Link

 Veterans Educational Transitions Success Center (VETS)

The Veterans Educational Transitions Success (VETS) Center at SNU serves as a single point of contact to coordinate veteran student support services on campus for both graduate and undergraduate students. Support services will assist veteran students in transitioning to campus life, including orientations, academic and career counseling, and connecting to community support. The VETS Center serves traditional, Professional Studies, and graduate student veterans.

 SNU's VETS program is one of thirteen Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) established this year through a U.S. Dept. of Education FIPSE grant awards to support student veteran success in college.

 SNU accepts ACE credit for military training and experience.

 SNU participates in the VA’s Principles of Excellence Program and endorses the President’s 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success. We were named a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media.

 For more information on the SNU VETS Center program, contact 405.717.6228 or drop by the new VETS Center at the NW corner of 41st and Peniel on the Bethany campus.

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and Veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at military and VA medical centers. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities, the Hero Miles program that uses donated frequent flyer points to bring family members to the beside of injured service members, and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled Veterans. 

 

UCO - Veteran Student Support

Ranked #7 in the nation by Military Friendly and #21 by the Best for Vets survey by Mililtary Times, this school is very supportive of Oklahoma military and veteran students.  The University of Central Oklahoma provides a full-time Veteran Student Support Office to assist students who are eligible to receive Education Benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs.  All degree plans offered by the University of Central Oklahoma have been approved by the State Accrediting Agency for payment of federal benefits.  The UCO Veteran Student Support Office will certify enrollment for payment of VA Education Benefits for all students who meet eligibility criteria as set forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Enrollment certification is also done for students eligible for CHAMPVA (VA Civilian Health and Medical Program).

VetHERO Office

VetHERO is a department of Veteran Support Services and is designed to support the veteran student as well as the military dependent in succeeding in post-secondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veterans and veteran dependent students. VetHERO is run entirely by students participating in the VA work study program. VetHERO Opened April 26, 2012 as a collaborative effort of multiple UCO Departments. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE, EDUCATING THEIR LEGACY.

Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments, 
nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. 
Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble 
mission. To close the gap, providing educational support to spouses and 
children of America's fallen and wounded soldiers.

Folds of Honor

Today's veterans face numerous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider amongst 18 year old traditional students to a lack of understanding by university faculty. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.

SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.

Program Link

The ODVA Veterans Education and Training Director is:
Beki Miller
405-522-5303
bmiller@odva.state.ok.us

The Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education is committed to helping Oklahoma's transitioning military members.

Program Link

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) at many Workforce Oklahoma Center Locations.  LVERs help disabled veterans obtain counseling, testing, and identify training and employment opportunities.

Workforce Oklahoma Center Locations