veterans http://kgou.org en VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA http://kgou.org/post/video-coburn-says-report-will-expose-more-problems-va <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. Sen <a href="http://coburn.senate.gov">Tom&nbsp;</a><font color="red"><a href="http://coburn.senate.gov">Coburn (</a>R-Okla.)</font>&nbsp;says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:04:09 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 31415 at http://kgou.org VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018 http://kgou.org/post/house-approves-smoking-exception-oklahoma-veterans-centers-until-2018 <p>Residents of <a href="http://www.ok.gov/odva/Oklahoma_Department_of_Veterans_Affairs/Oklahoma_Veterans_Centers/index.html">Oklahoma's veterans' centers</a> will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between Gov. Mary Fallin, state lawmakers and the <a href="http://www.ok.gov/odva/Oklahoma_Department_of_Veterans_Affairs/War_Veterans_Commission/index.html">War Veterans Commission</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House gave final approval on Wednesday to </span><a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1777&amp;Session=1400" style="line-height: 1.5;">a bill that would designate all state-operated veterans' centers as nonsmoking</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effective Jan. 1, but allow the centers to designate outdoor smoking areas for residents until Jan. 1, 2018.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:37:00 +0000 Associated Press & eCapitol & Christie Southern 27426 at http://kgou.org House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018 Enid Vietnam Memorial Wall Set For Veterans Day Dedication http://kgou.org/post/enid-vietnam-memorial-wall-set-veterans-day-dedication <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Gov. Mary Fallin is joining with a former prisoner of war to dedicate a wall commemorating Vietnam veterans on Monday.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:33:12 +0000 Associated Press 16932 at http://kgou.org Enid Vietnam Memorial Wall Set For Veterans Day Dedication Committees Discuss Oklahoma Veterans Center Employment Needs http://kgou.org/post/committees-discuss-oklahoma-veterans-center-employment-needs <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 19.488636016845703px;">The Senate and House’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committees heard Tuesday what the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has done and hopes to do to address staffing and related issues, particularly at it seven veterans centers.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:24:00 +0000 eCapitol & Shawn Ashley 15815 at http://kgou.org Committees Discuss Oklahoma Veterans Center Employment Needs Oklahoma Veterans Commit Suicide At Twice The Rate Of Civilians http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-veterans-commit-suicide-twice-rate-civilians <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Oklahoma veterans and active-duty military personnel are killing themselves at twice the rate of civilians, despite increased efforts to address the problem.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:16:19 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Chase Cook 12804 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Veterans Commit Suicide At Twice The Rate Of Civilians State Veterans Issues Focus Of Multiple Studies http://kgou.org/post/state-veterans-issues-focus-multiple-studies <p>Rep. Tommy Hardin(R-Ardmore) and Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) are hosting several <a href="http://ecapitol.net/BlogArticle.wcs?&amp;PageName=03UG0ZELKW">interim studies</a> pertaining to the <a href="http://www.ok.gov/odva/">Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs</a> and Veterans Centers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hardin’s study focuses on </span>ODVA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> request to declassify certain positions in veteran’s centers. The request was previously approved by a committee but due to its legislative nature, Hardin requested the study.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:12:00 +0000 eCapitol & Emily Summars 10832 at http://kgou.org State Veterans Issues Focus Of Multiple Studies Plea Deal In Works For Veterans Center Worker http://kgou.org/post/plea-deal-works-veterans-center-worker <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">A defense attorney says an&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;prosecutor is offering a plea deal to a former physician assistant at the Claremore Veterans Center charged in the neglect-related deaths of two elderly patients.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 9875 at http://kgou.org Plea Deal In Works For Veterans Center Worker Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families http://kgou.org/post/goodwill-gets-federal-grant-help-veteran-families <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a $1.4 million grant to Goodwill Industries of Central&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The grant announced Tuesday is to be used to provide support services to very low-income military veteran families living in or transitioning into permanent housing.</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 9804 at http://kgou.org Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families