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 12, and Thursday, April 13, on the first floor of the McMahon Centennial Complex, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  

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

Philip Haas, 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. The mobile vet center also serves as a key access link between the veteran and other services in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The Red River Mobile Vet Center will be parked outside the MCC; representatives will man a table inside the MCC.

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. 

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.

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.  In addition, personnel from the Red River Mobile Vet Center will be able to assist with information on this important topic on Thursday.

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, 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 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 Marine Corps League, Boomer Detachment #1288, will have a representative available. 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.  

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.

The CU Office of Student Development office will be available April 12, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. and April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. to provide disability services information and career services information including resume reviews for CU students and alumni.

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April 4, 2017