VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018

November 1, 2018

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 — Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.”

Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes.

That tradition continues again this year with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:

• senior leader visits to VA facilities
• open houses
• town halls
• benefits claims clinics
• volunteer recognitions
• homeless Veteran initiative events
• suicide prevention events
• faith-based community events
• flag planting tributes at national cemeteries

To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS), Fort Gibson National Cemetery and Muskogee VA Regional Office will hold or participate in the following VA or community events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November: 

  • Nov. 3 - DAV5K, Guthrie Green in Tulsa (http://www.dav5k.org/events/tulsa/)
  • Nov. 7 - Fort Gibson National Cemetery Monthly Moment of Remembrance, 3:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 7 - Cameron University Veterans Resource Fair, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 - Workforce Oklahoma Veterans Appreciation Event, Muskogee, 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 9 - Talihina Veterans Center Veterans Day Event
  • Nov. 9 - VA Family Caregivers Celebration , Nonprofit Resource Center in Muskogee (https://www.muskogee.va.gov/features/Family_Caregiver_Celebrations.asp)
  • Nov. 9 - National Association for Black Veterans, Tulsa Chapter, Veterans Day Event, Langston University, 4-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 9 - Tahlequah Vet Center Resource Fair
  • Nov. 10-11 - Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show
  • Nov. 10 - 6th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k and 1 Mile Run/Walk, Muskogee, 8 a.m.
  • Nov. 10 - Muskogee Veterans Parade (https://muskogeeveteransparade.webs.com/)
  • Nov. 10 - Greenhill Cemetery Hot Dogs and Heroes Picnic, 2-4 pm
  • Nov. 11 - Fort Gibson National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 11 - “Spirit of the American Doughboy” Rededication Ceremony - Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, Muskogee, 2 -3 p.m.
  • Nov. 16 - National Family Caregivers Celebration, LaFortune Park, Tulsa, (https://www.muskogee.va.gov/features/Family_Caregiver_Celebrations.asp

This year’s celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month caps an unprecedented period of improvement for VA, as the department has made groundbreaking progress over the last two years in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while enjoying an important series of legislative successes.
 
“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.
 
“The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System has had the honor of caring for Oklahoma’s Veterans for nearly 100 years,” said Mark E. Morgan, director, EOVAHCS.  “I am so proud to serve as the leader of the current team of dedicated professionals who are providing exceptional health care that improves the health and well-being of our Veterans.  While we are proud of our heritage, we are pressing forward to improve and expand services to meet the needs of our Veterans in Eastern Oklahoma now and for the next 100 years.”

“We look forward to the opportunity that Veterans Day provides us to more personally engage with our Veterans and their families.  Our office will be participating in numerous events across the state as we partner with Veteran-centric groups to recognize and support our Veterans,”  said Jason McClellan, Director of the Muskogee VA Regional Benefits Office.

“We come together to remember, honor and pay tribute to our nation’s heroes” said Cemetery Director Bill Rhoades. “These public ceremonies at Fort Gibson National Cemetery are a special way to say thank you to service members past and present, and to let them know that the sacrifices of our nation’s Veterans will never be forgotten.”

The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link.