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

If you are a veteran in need of help, please click here

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.

Our Brochure

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Oklahoma Veteran Employer Champions

Our Work: Pathways, Providers and Partners

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

Find Us on Facebook
OKVA Facebook Page
Moral Injury Facebook Page

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. 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. 

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

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 >

Technology Partner

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 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.

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO PREVENT VETERAN SUICIDE

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.

CHAMPIONING VETERAN-FOCUSED EMPLOYERS

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.

STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN VETERANS

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 ONLINE VETERAN RESOURCE LOCATOR MAP

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.

SUPPORTING INCARCERATED & JUSTICE-INVOLVED VETERANS

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.

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

20,229 Oklahoma veterans earning below the poverty level in 2017

97,575 Oklahoma veterans with a disability in 2017

313 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

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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.

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