Veterans come in a variety of forms, from new military retirees to those who have been out of the service for many years. Some served for a short duration, while others made the military their careers. No matter the circumstances, each veteran deserves the proper support and guidance both during the transition back into civilization and thereafter as he or she navigates the difficulties of civilian life. Tulsa offers various support groups and organizations to ensure veterans get the help they deserve.
The University of Tulsa offers a veteran program for local vets in the area. You can visit the Veterans Center on-site to meet with others or discuss ways to get help. Workers offer one-on-one guidance on applying for benefits.
Disabled American Veterans, located at 3131 E Pine St, helps veterans in any way they can. They even provide eligible veterans with transportation to their medical appointments. Schedule an appointment with your hospital service coordinator and the transportation will be provided.
The Mayor’s Veteran’s Advisory Council was established in 2009 as a way to offer a direct line of contact with the mayor regarding veteran-specific issues. The council meets at the VFW post on the third Thursday of every month at 2 pm. Special guests change month-to-month to offer insight into local and state happenings pertaining to veterans.
The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has a mission to provide nursing care, financial aid, and counseling to veterans in the state. Seven nursing care facilities are available throughout Oklahoma to provide care to veterans in need. The Department also has a Claims and Benefits Division that assists people with filing their claims for the benefits the state owes them.
The VFW is a prestigious national organization for veterans. It has ties in Tulsa thanks to the post set up there for local veteran residents. Meetings take place twice a month, providing opportunities for people to get together and share their stories, or simply socialize. The group meets at 1109 E 6th St at 6:30 pm on the first and third Thursday of every month. The National Veterans Foundation offers vet assistance over the phone or online. Call 888-777-4443 to talk with someone, or head to their website. You can also use their site to search for veteran service representatives in your state. Oklahoma is filled with people ready to assist you. Area 6 in the Northeast is where you will find representatives near Tulsa. The Tulsa Outpatient Clinic is the primary option, with three separate representatives available.
Each year on November 11, Tulsa celebrates veterans in a big way. The Annual Veterans Day Parade takes place downtown where thousands of people come to watch the event. It is one of the largest parade events in the U.S. Other locations, primarily restaurants and shops, also help recognize veterans by offering them discounts on goods and services. Many provide meals for free.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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