Cameron University welcomes veterans, active military and dependents to Veterans Resource Fair

Cameron University’s Office of Veteran Affairs will host a variety of organizations that can assist veterans, military service members, and their dependents with information regarding various services available. The CU Veterans Resource Fair will be held Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the McMahon Centennial Complex.

“We look forward to hosting veterans from across southwest Oklahoma,” says Vicki Henson, CU Coordinator of Veteran Affairs. “By bringing together so many veteran-related organizations at Cameron’s Veterans Resource Fair, we can make our veterans and their dependents aware of a significant number of resources.”

The Veterans Resource Fair will feature representatives from numerous local, state and federal organizations that have resources to offer.

Patrick Burk, Supervisory Veterans Claims Examiner, Muskogee Federal Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office, will be available to discuss VA educational benefits. Representatives from the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Service Center at Fort Sill will also be available to provide information, answer questions and discuss other types of VA benefits.

The Red River Mobile Vet Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, provides readjustment counseling and information resources to veterans and focuses on services that help veterans make the difficult transition between military and civilian life.

The Lawton VA Outpatient Clinic will have representatives available to provide VA Health Care Benefits information. The clinic provides primary care, mental health care, telehealth, dental, pharmacy, nutrition and home based primary care services. 

Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs (ODVA) will be available to assist veterans and their dependents with claims before the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). Claims officers are accredited with a number of service organizations in order to better represent the claimant with claims and appeals. Claims officers will assist in the appeals process, and if necessary, represent the claimant at a personal hearing before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Oklahoma Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (OKESGR), a Department of Defense program, is designed to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. OKESGR staff and volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. OKESGR will be on-site on Wednesday only.

A representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Suicide Prevention Office, will be on hand to acquaint attendees with available resources on Wednesday, and information will be available on Thursday.  In addition, personnel from the Red River Mobile Vet Center will be able to assist with information on this important topic on Thursday.

Oklahoma Works - American Job Network (including veteran services) will have a representative available.

Jerome F. Davis, Employment Readiness Program Manager, Army Community Service (ACE) Employment Readiness Program located at Fort Sill, will be providing information. The Employment Readiness Program offers information and referral services to military spouses, active duty military, retired military, active guard and reserve, DoD civilians and all immediate family members in the areas of employment, training and volunteer opportunities.

Gold Star Wives of America, a congressionally chartered service organization for surviving spouses, will be represented by Pat Collins Miller, Government Relations Committee. Gold Star Wives advocates for survivor issues on both the federal and state level. Keith Powers, Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator Army Community Service, Fort Sill, will also be on hand. Survivor Outreach Services is the official Army program designed to provide long term support to surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers.

The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) office at Fort Sill will have representative available to provide information. VR&E services include assistance with job training, employment accommodations, resume development and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post #5263, will have a representative available. VFW serves more than 1.7 million members through numerous programs and services, which include ensuring that veterans receive earned entitlements.

The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization (OKWVO), Lawton/Fort Sill chapter 0116, provides many services to Oklahoma women veterans. The organization will have a representative available.

The Marine Corps League, Boomer Detachment #1288, will participate in the resource fair. Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will also be on hand. DAV is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Representatives from American Legion Post 29 will also be available. The American Legion offers numerous resources, including the Operation Comfort Warriors program which supports recovering wounded warriors and their families. Representatives will also provide information on The Forty and Eight, a fraternal and charitable honor society of American veterans.

Muhammad Ali, Fort Sill Army Wounded Warrior Program Representative, will be available on behalf of the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP). WCTP provides personalized support to assist soldiers, veterans, their families and caregivers to navigate processes and procedures to open doors to services, resources and benefits for smooth continuity of care as veterans enter the VA system in the transition process.

Cameron University’s George D. Keathley, Department of Military Science will have representatives available, as will CU’s Student Veterans of America Chapter, which will provide information about the organization, activities and services.

The Redlands Veterans Upward Bound program will have a representative available. The Veterans Upward bound is a free college-prep program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The CU Office of Veteran Affairs will provide general information about utilization of VA educational benefits.

The CU Office of Student Development office will be available April 11, to offer career services information including resume reviews for CU students and alumni.

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April 6, 2018