Outreach to Returning Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Outreach to Returning Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers

VA employees pass out VA information to Oklahoma National Guard soldiers.

Nanette Waller (center), the OEF/OIF Program Manager, passes out VA health care information to an Oklahoma National Guard soldier during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program on May 19. Photo by Nathan Schaeffer

By Nathan Schaeffer
Monday, May 21, 2012

The Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Combat Care Team from the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) reached out to more than 600 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program on May 19.

The program, held at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, is a Department of Defense program that connects National Guard and Reserve troops and their families with resources before, throughout and following their deployment cycle.  Troops attend Yellow Ribbon events prior to deployment and 30, 60 and 90 days following the deployment.

The Combat Care Team passed out information about VA health care and benefits to soldiers from the 279 Infantry Regiment, who recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, and answered the soldiers’ questions about VA benefits.

“We’re trying to get the word to as many as we can that VA services are available and it’s something that they’ve earned,” said Nanette Waller, the OEF/OIF Program Manager.

The Combat Care Team attends all Yellow Ribbons for local National Guard and Reserve troops.  Last month, the team participated in a Yellow Ribbon for Marines from the Marine Corps Anti-Tank Training Company in Broken Arrow who recently deployed to Afghanistan.

The Combat Care Team also visits with troops during their annual and weekend training to educate them about VA services.

If you’re an OEF/OIF Veteran and not enrolled in the VA health care system, please call Waller at 918-577-4150 or Padgette Hill, OEF/OIF Case Manager in the Tulsa clinic, at 918-628-2601.

OEF/OIF combat Veterans are eligible to receive free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan Theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release.  For more information about benefits for OEF/OIF Veterans, please visit www.oefoif.va.gov/.

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