We believe veterans and their families should never have to fight alone in the battle for home.

Veterans: Need help? Looking to partner? Want to donate?

Join Oklahoma’s alliance of veteran partners and providers,
and help create pathways to help and to hope for veterans. 

Oklahoma Veteran Alliance (OKVA) is a statewide network of veteran service providers, advocates and champions that work together to identify methods to help veterans transition into civilian life and access resources and healthy social connections. Emphasizing both the need for relationships and resources is a research-based best practice that empowers veterans and effectively reduces rates of veteran suicide. OKVA is facilitated by the Community Service Council, a Tulsa-based nonprofit social services organization.

Our Mission: Supporting Veterans’ Journey Home

Veterans are changed forever by and through their military service to the United States of America. While service members receive best-in-class training, the transitional journey from active duty to veteran can be deeply challenging for some. This journey home is a cultural shift that often occurs with internal, invisible wounds, such as feelings of extreme isolation. Together these challenges can make veterans’ journey home its own storm of war. We, as Oklahomans, need to ensure our own veterans and their families never have to fight alone in the battle for home. As veterans answered the call to serve, Oklahoma Veteran Alliance has answered the call to help these heroes home.

If you are an employer in Oklahoma and would like to join a statewide network of Oklahoma Veteran Employer Champions, click the button below to learn more and get started!

Oklahoma Veteran Employer Champions

Our Work: Pathways, Providers and Partners

We believe, like the veterans we serve, that no battlefield operation has ever been won alone. Many veterans experience yet another battle upon transitioning home from active duty—we call this the battle for home. It is this battle that is claiming the lives of veterans by 20—or more—suicides daily. This is why Oklahoma Veteran Alliance exists: to forge PATHWAYS across Oklahoma where PROVIDERS can serve and PARTNERS can support. 

Our Partners & Leaders

City of Tulsa Veterans Resource Center

Coffee Bunker

Volunteers of America

Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Mental Health Association Oklahoma

Community Service Council’s SSVF

Community Service Council’s 211 Eastern Oklahoma

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

Community Food Bank of Eastern OK

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Disabled American Veterans

Family & Children’s Services

Key Personnel

Building Healthy Military Communities

City of Tulsa Mayor’s Office

Eagle Ops

Community Service Council’s Veterans Treatment Court

Tulsa Glassblowing School

Catholic Charities 

Salvation Army 

Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Advisory Board

Dr. Lanny Endicott, Community Service Council Board of Directors

Dr. Erv Janssen, Community Service Council Board of Directors

Mark Morgan, Director, VA Eastern Oklahoma Health System

Danny Oliver, DAV State Adjutant

John Schueler, Patriot

Megan Lowry, Wounded Warriors of Oklahoma

Joel Kinstel, ODVA Executive Director

Mary Culley, VA Office of Tribal Relations

Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Staff

Rachel Runfola, Director, Veterans Initiatives, Community Service Council

Peter Luitwieler, Program Manager, Oklahoma Veteran Alliance, Community Service Council

Amanda Pickens, Program Outreach, Oklahoma Veteran Alliance, Community Service Council

Find Us on Facebook

OKVA Facebook Page

Moral Injury Facebook Page

For More Information

PETE LUITWIELER
Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Program Manager, Community Service Council
Cell (918) 630-1891 | pluitwieler@csctulsa.org

OKVA Facebook Page

AMANDA PICKENS
Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Program Outreach, Community Service Council
Cell (802) 565-7306 | apickens@csctulsa.org

OKVA Facebook Page

Key OKVA Initiatives

These initiatives are housed under the umbrella of the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance and the Community Service Council.

Feature Video

See highlights from our inaugural Oklahoma Veteran Alliance fundraising dinner, held October 22, 2020.

Where We Focus: High Needs Areas for Oklahoma Veterans

Annual Fundraiser

Join veteran champions from across the state on Oct. 22, 2021 for a special evening in honor of our local veterans. Learn more >

Unite Oklahoma is a coordinated care network of health and social care providers. Partners in the network are connected through a shared technology platform, Unite Us, which enables them to send and receive electronic referrals, address people’s social needs, and improve health across communities.

Key leaders within Oklahoma Veteran Alliance are Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy veterans.
Their first-hand knowledge is invaluable to the success of our mission.

Why support Oklahoma Veteran Alliance?

We rely on donations from our community to sustain our work in supporting veterans in need across Oklahoma. Here are some of the ways we are making a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. Thank you for believing in our mission! To donate, please visit csctulsa.org/donate

CONNECTING VETERANS TO THE RIGHT PROVIDERS FOR HELP

Veterans are often unaware of the many services and resources available to them. We act as a bridge to help for veterans. We do this by utilizing Unite Oklahoma, a 360-degree (full wrap-around) referral system using cutting-edge technology that quickly connects veterans to qualified providers and tracks the progress of the care received to ensure our heroes are getting the help they need.

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO PREVENT VETERAN SUICIDE

We are actively collaborating with leadership from the Oklahoma Governor’s Challenge, led by the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs, along with Mayor’s Challenges and other statewide agencies to create action steps and programming to reduce veteran suicide. This work is supported by the Department of Veteran Affairs and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

CHAMPIONING VETERAN-FOCUSED EMPLOYERS

For four years, we have led the Oklahoma Veteran Employer Champions Network and collaborated with Oklahoma employers to recognize and provide training for veteran-ready businesses across Oklahoma. This effort includes sharing best practices with organizations on hiring, retaining, and supporting veteran employees. Learn more about the network here >

STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN VETERANS

OKVA is committed to building stronger communities in support of veterans with Operation Connect. This initiative serves to interface with existing veteran service organizations to provide a positive environment and focus on key areas that can eliminate hurdles to success, such as housing, healthcare, education, employment and legal. This effort is strengthened by our partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs (ODVA) Governor’s Challenge to establish local Mayor’s Challenges in communities across Oklahoma. Additionally, our continued expansion of the Unite Oklahoma platform to provide a 360-degree referral system across Oklahoma will efficiently connect veterans to resources statewide.

LAUNCHING ONLINE VETERAN RESOURCE LOCATOR MAP

Recently, OKVA created the Oklahoma Assistance Locator (VALOR), a web application that utilizes map based tools for connecting users with community resources across the state of Oklahoma. The locator is designed to provide the user (veteran/agencies) a means of locating and identifying community resources at a statewide level for both individual and agency needs with an intuitive web-based mapping interface. Recognizing the value of this tool, Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs has agreed to officially launch VALOR in 2021. Learn more here >VALOR logo

SUPPORTING INCARCERATED & JUSTICE-INVOLVED VETERANS

We have played a critical role with several partners in developing a statewide strategic process to ensure incarcerated veterans pending release have housing, employment and other vital resources secure. This initiative, Veteran Avoidance Recovery Redeployment Program (VARRP), will increase the success rate for those being released to reintegrate into their communities and avoid recidivism. We also work with Tulsa County Veterans Treatment Court to help justice-involved veterans avoid prison through a therapeutic alternative to incarceration.

Join Oklahoma’s alliance of veteran partners and providers, and help create pathways to help and to hope for our heroes. Contact us to learn more. 

Why do we need Oklahoma Veteran Alliance?

296,891 Veterans in Oklahoma, 2021

22,432 Oklahoma veterans earning below the poverty level in 2017

95,261 Oklahoma veterans with a disability in 2017

303 Homeless veterans living in Oklahoma in 2018

123 Veteran suicide deaths in Oklahoma in 2018

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs,
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Learn more

Support for Oklahoma Veteran Alliance

Unite Oklahoma is a coordinated network in Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties that connects health and social service organizations through a shared technology platform, Unite Us, to send and receive trackable referrals. The platform allows participating organizations to easily connect their clients to a wealth of services, track their clients’ journey across the community, and report on tangible outcomes across a range of services and sectors. It is completely free for any community-based organization to participate in the network.

Unite Oklahoma includes over 105 organizations across Tulsa and Oklahoma Counties, and expanding across rural areas.

Unite Oklahoma WebsiteUnite Us Overview Video FAQs for Unite Oklahoma Partners How to Join Unite Oklahoma

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