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

In conjunction with the national observance of Veterans Day, Cameron University’s Office of Veterans Affairs will host 23 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, November 8, and Thursday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 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 aware of a vast number of resources that are at their disposal.”

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

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

The Red River Mobile Vet Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veteran 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. Representatives will be available.

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

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 Veteran 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 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 on Wednesday.

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.

Workforce Oklahoma – Lawton Center, a part of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, 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 on Nov. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to noon. 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.  Cheryl G. Wehner, Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator, and Keith Powers, Financial Readiness Counselor, 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.

America’s Veteran Supporters (AVS), a social organization that meets once a month, will participate in the resource fair. One of the organization’s missions is supporting Wreaths Across America.

The Federal Department of Veteran 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. Since 1899, VFW is the largest combat Veterans Organization.

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 on Wednesday, November 8, from 10 a.m.to  3 p.m. 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. 

The Coffee Bunker, which offers opportunities that support service members and veterans toward successful reintegration with their family and communities, will have a representative on Thursday, November 9.

Cameron University Student Veterans of America Chapter 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. Thanks to a donation from Military.com, CU Veteran Affairs personnel will distribute the 2017 edition of “The Military Advantage,” a guidebook to comprehensive information about military and veteran benefits, to CU students.

The CU Office of Career Services office will be available on Friday, November 10, to offer career services information including resume reviews for CU students and alumni.

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October 30, 2017