The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs would like to highlight the contribution of military women to our nation and state!

On June 12, 2019, the Women Veterans Coordinator of ODVA requests a roll call for women veterans!

For Oklahoma women who served previously in any branch of service, for any length of time, please connect!

For Oklahoma women serving active duty in any branch of service, including Oklahoma National Guard or Reserves, sound off with your hometown.

Roll Call attendance taken by multiple avenues:
–Social Media: Using the #okwomenvets and #connect2019, post pics of yourself or with a group photo of women veterans. Follow along with our Facebook Roll Call event @OklahomaDepartmentofVeteransAffairs or Twitter @OKVets.
–Email: Email okwomenvets@odva. ok.gov and let us know where you live in OK. Or, if you’re on active duty, tell us your hometown and where you’re currently stationed. If you can, include pics!

Answer the question – “Did you Serve?”
— Register with the Oklahoma State Veteran Registry, follow the website links on okvets.ok.gov.
–In person: If you’re available, come visit us in OKC metro from 10am-2pm at the Del City Community Center and attached Patriot Park. ODVA women veteran service officers, with help from the women representatives of the OESC Veteran’s Division will host the first annual Women Veterans Benefits & Resource Fair! At noon, a group photo will be taken, surrounding the Women’s Veterans Monument, to highlight the service of our Oklahoma women! http://cityofdelcity.com/womens-veterans- monument

Any questions-contact the Women Veterans Coordinator:
Email: okwomenvets@odva.okgov
Phone: 405-523-4020
Lisa M. Mussett
Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs
Women Veterans Coordinator
Veterans Service Representative
Women Veterans Email: okwomenvets@ odva.ok.gov

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2019) – The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.

“The VFW salutes the united support of the entire House,” said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence. “Your vote this evening will positively impact thousands of lives, and it once again proves that taking care of veterans and their families is a nonpartisan issue.”

The VFW-supported bill now heads to the Senate. Once signed into law, H.R. 299 will restore VA benefits to thousands of so-called Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans who had their disability eligibility taken away in 2002 after regulatory changes. It will also require the VA to contact those veterans who had filed claims that were later denied. Those veterans could be eligible for retroactive benefits.

The legislation will also mark a victory for other veterans and their families who suffer from conditions related to toxic exposures. Veterans exposed to Agent Orange while serving along the Korean DMZ will have an earlier start date to encompass the timeframe when various defoliants were tested. The current start date of April 1, 1968 will be backed up seven months to Sept. 1, 1967.

In addition, benefits will expand to include children born with spina bifida due to a parent’s exposure in Thailand. Coverage for this condition already exists for the children of Vietnam and Korean DMZ veterans. The new law will also require the VA to report on research being conducted on a broad range of conditions possibly related to service in Southwest Asia, which is important for future legislative efforts to create a list of presumptive conditions for veterans seeking VA health care and benefits.

“The Senate failed to pass H.R. 299 in the previous Congress,” said Lawrence. “We cannot allow this to happen again, which is why I am urging every veteran, family member and advocate to contact their U.S. senators to get this bill passed and signed into law.

Bob’s Notes – Still working on this VA and T-Mobile thing although from what I understand T-Mobile has a nice Veterans Discount and if you have an account with them then the Hotspot is unlimited and adds $10.00 to your monthly bill (Something to consider).

Also Still working on the Registration on the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Registry for those of you that do not have any connections. While I have a nice system at my home, I need to get one for the Antlers VFW and I am sure other VFW Post need to do the same.

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