Serving Those Who Served Us
This past legislative session I authored SB1053. The bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) to obtain certification through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and accept payments and reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid programs for services provided through Oklahoma Veterans Centers. SB1053 was introduced to make provisions for a neglected group of veterans. During my first few years in office, I’d get calls from constituents who couldn’t get their loved ones admitted to one of our veteran centers because of their period of service. At that time, only those veterans who served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars were eligible for admission to our state veterans’ centers.
Those veterans who didn’t serve during those times of declared hostility, primarily 1975 until 1992, are commonly referred to as peacetime veterans. In 2014, I authored SB235, which was enacted into law and expanded eligibility for admission to the State Veterans Centers to include peacetime veterans
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