Cameron University to provide veteran-related resources

In conjunction with the national observance of Veterans Day, Cameron University’s Office of Veteran Affairs will host a variety of veteran-related organizations in order to assist area veterans in identifying the services/resources that are available to them. The veteran organizations will be represented on campus from Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on  Friday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. in the McMahon Centennial Complex (MCC).

Participating organizations/resources are listed below.

The Red River Mobile Vet Center, a program of U.S.  Department of Veteran Affairs, provides counseling for readjustment stress and marriage and family counseling for military-related issues in addition to assisting veterans with finding employment, coordinating all types of VA Benefits, planning a course of education and grieving the loss of a deceased active duty service member. The mobile vet center also serves as a key access link between the veteran and other services in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Red River Mobile Vet Center will be parked outside the MCC on Wednesday and Thursday; representatives will man a table inside the building on Friday.

Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) will be available to assist veterans and their dependents with their claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. ODVA 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 Officer.

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. ESGR staff and volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

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

Cameron University Student Veterans of America Chapter will provide information about the organization, activities, and services.

The CU Office of Veteran Affairs will provide general information about utilization of VA Educational benefits. Thanks to a donation from Military.com, CU Veteran Affairs personnel will distribute the 2016 edition of “The Military Advantage,” a guidebook to comprehensive information about military and veteran benefits, to CU students.

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PR16-173

November 3, 2016