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VA, Tulsa Shock Honor Veterans

The Tulsa Shock play a basketball game.

More than 225 Veterans and their significant others received a free ticket to the Tulsa Shock game vs. the Atlanta Dream on July 21 on behalf of VA and sponsors.

By Nathan Schaeffer
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) teamed up with the Tulsa Shock and several other sponsors to host a Veterans Appreciation Day event on July 21 at the BOk Center during the Shock’s game with the Atlanta Dream.

More than 225 Veterans and their significant others received a free ticket to the game along with a meal voucher on behalf of VA and sponsors.

Organized by the JCMVAMC Combat Care Team, the purpose of the annual outreach event is to thank Veterans for their service, educate them about VA benefits and services and encourage Veterans to enroll for VA health care.

“We’re here today to show our support for our Veterans and welcome them home,” said Tracey Stevenson, a VA Social Worker with the Combat Care Team. “We also want to get them enrolled if they’re not and get them connected with the benefits and services they have earned.”

VA staff educate Veterans about VA benefits and services

VA staff educate Veterans about My HealtheVet, VA's online personal health record.

Prior to the game, VA staff passed out VA information, personally thanked Veterans for their service and presented Veterans with a commemorative JCMVAMC coin.

Outside the arena in the main concourse, Veterans and the public also had the opportunity to drop by informational booths for both sponsors and VA programs such as Suicide Prevention, My HealtheVet, Caregiver Support Program and the Homeless Program.

The Tulsa Shock also invited 11 Veterans to participate in the Shock’s pre-game on the court and give high fives to the Shock players following introductions. Shock players also presented each of the 11 Veterans with an autographed basketball.

Army Veteran Christina Smith, who is a Shock season ticket holder, said she was thrilled to be among the 11 Veterans chosen to receive an autographed basketball.

Veterans with autographed basketballs

Army Veteran Christina Smith (left) was among 11 Veterans who received an autographed basketball from the Tulsa Shock.

“I was shocked that I was selected to go down there, but I’m honored,” said Smith, who served in the Army from 1977 to 1999 and now lives in Tulsa. “I loved it. I’m a season ticket holder, so it’s pretty exciting.”

Smith, who is also the president of the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, also participated in the Veterans Appreciation Day event as a sponsor and said she was glad VA was hosting the event to Welcome Home Veterans.

“I thought it was exciting and I think the people who came really enjoyed it,” said Smith. “I hope we do it again next year. I think it was thumbs up all the way around.”

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