CSC’s Four Veterans Intiatives Are Reaching Goals and Aiming Higher

CSC’s Four Veterans Intiatives Are Reaching Goals and Aiming Higher

Division Spotlight: Veterans

CSC runs four veterans intiatives that collectively strive to improve the lives of veterans in Oklahoma through various work efforts and community collaborations. These teams are set to reach their current goals, and are establishing new goals and visions in pursuit of an Oklahoma that is ready and able to care for our community’s returning warriors.

Oklahoma Veteran Connections Serves 300+ Veterans in Six Months

There has been tremendous progress since the October 2017 launch of CSC’s Oklahoma Veteran Connections, six months ago. The program expects to have approximately 30 agencies in its network by end of April and estimates providing service to more than 300 veterans resulting in over 400 referrals.

WPEO Brings Together Local Veteran Initiatives to Promote Collaboration

On Feb. 8, 30+ agencies attended the monthly WPEO meeting, which is hosted and coordinated by the Community Service Council. February’s meeting featured presentations from Danny Oliver, DAV State Adjutant, and Michael Horton, Executive Director of Coffee Bunker. Both presentations outlined tasks and opportunities ahead for their agencies in 2018. Both of these agencies are active in Oklahoma Veteran Connections as well as Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma.
Mark Morgan, Medical Center Director for Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, also presented updates, including an overview of the national agenda of Secretary Schulkin of the VA and
actions occurring in our region. Morgan additionally responded to questions around the new VA and dental clinics in Tulsa, and the importance of recognizing compassion fatigue in VA staff.

BRRX4VETS on Target to Reach Goal of Housing 400+ Veterans this Year 

Community Service Council’s BRRX4VETS is working toward its goal of serving at least 400 veterans this year. The program has already served 225 veterans and anticipates serving approximately 450 veterans by Sept. 30, 2018. Additionally, BRRX4VETS is working on further development and implementation of its employment program and outreach strategy.

Employment Program: BRRX4VET’s Employment Navigator is currently working with 35 veterans and 20 employers, with an employment rate of around 40%.
Outreach Strategy: BRRX4VETS is focusing on additional areas of outreach: a justice-involved outreach program connecting inmates with resources prior to discharge to reduce recidivism, and a strategic outreach plan for rural communities in partnership with regional Continuum of Care teams to connect veterans with local resources and expand the program’s reach of support for homeless veterans.

Veterans Treatment Court Expands Mentoring Program

Community Service Council’s Veterans Treatment Court has launched a new program this year to highlight the critical role that mentors play in the 18-24 month process that is required of participants in the Veterans Treatment Court program. Each month the program selects a Mentor of the Month. Pete Luitwieler, a Veterans Treatment Court mentor for three years and a Vietnam Veteran, was the first recipient of the award.

Additionally, on April 16, Veterans Treatment Court was included in a KTUL Channel 8 feature on a veteran who received addiction recovery support through our program. See the story >

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