Oklahoma Veteran Alliance is a statewide network of veteran service providers, advocates and champions anchored by two key programs – Oklahoma Veteran Connections and Veteran Rally Points, both U.S. Department of Defense Best Practice Models. Together, these programs offer holistic methods to bring our heroes home and effectively identify those in need of healthy social connections and resources. Emphasizing both the need for relationships and resources is a research-based best practice empowering those who have served, while effectively reducing veteran suicide.
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 the hero’s journey home its own storm of war. We, as Oklahomans, need to ensure our own heroes and their families never have to fight alone in the battle for home. As our heroes answered the call to serve, Oklahoma Veteran Alliance has answered the call to help our heroes home.
We believe, like the heroes we serve, that no battlefield operation has ever been won alone. Many of our heroes 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 our heroes by 20—or more—suicides daily. Just as in the theatre of war, the battle for home cannot be won alone. This is why Oklahoma Veteran Alliance exists: to forge PATHWAYS across Oklahoma where PROVIDERS can serve and PARTNERS can support.
City of Tulsa Veterans Resource Center
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
Building Healthy Military Communities
City of Tulsa Mayor’s Office
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
Stacy Hester, Marine Veteran, Owner, 3-C Conepts
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
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
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 providing 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.
We are actively collaborating with leadership from both the Tulsa Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Veteran Suicide and the Oklahoma Governor’s Challenge, along with other agencies statewide that are invested in action steps and programming that will reduce veteran suicide. This work is supported by the OKVA and SAMHSA.
For three years, we have collaborated and led the Oklahoma Veteran Employer Champions initiative 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.
In partnership with 3-C Concepts, we are establishing Veteran Rally Points in key communities across Oklahoma. This program is staffed and funded by local communities – but developed and set up by our Oklahoma Veteran Alliance team. It fosters mentoring relationships between veterans to bring connection into the lives of heroes who are hurting.
Launching in 2020, this interactive locator tool will provide detailed information on services and resources available to veterans by their geography. Veterans will easily click on a map of Oklahoma to select their location, then indicate what services/help they need, and the contact information for assistance in their area will pop up.
We are developing a strategic process statewide with several partners to ensure incarcerated veterans who are six months away from release have housing, employment and other resources lining up. We also work with Tulsa County Veterans Treatment Court to help justice-involved veterans avoid prison through a therapeutic alternative to incarceration.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs,
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development