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Veterans Commission


The Oklahoma Veterans Commission is the controlling board of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. It is composed of nine members, of which at least 8 are honorably discharged Veterans; provided three of the members shall be Veterans of the Vietnam Conflict and one shall be a Veteran of the Persian Gulf Wars.

The members are selected in the following manner:

  • The state executive board or committee of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the National Guard Association of Oklahoma shall each submit to the Governor a list of five persons qualified to serve as members of the Oklahoma Veterans Commission.
  • The Governor shall name one member from each of these organizations to serve on the Commission.
  • The Governor shall also appoint three members at large, one of whom may be a non-Veteran on the condition they have a family member residing in one of the state’s 7 Veterans Centers.
  • Members of the Oklahoma Veterans Commission shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

In addition, it administers the veterans program in Oklahoma through a Director appointed by and responsible to the Commission. The Office of the Director is maintained in the Central office which is located in the Vezey Veterans Complex, 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. From this location, the Director exercises operational oversight of the two principal operations of the Department: The Oklahoma Veterans Centers and the Claims and Benefits Division.

Announcements


Next Meeting:

Special Meeting (Rescheduled)
February 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM
Vezey Veterans Complex
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


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Upcoming Regular Meetings:

February 10, 2023 - 10:00AM
Vezey Veterans Complex
Oklahoma City

March 10, 2023 - 10:00AM
Clinton Veterans Home
1701 S. 4th Street

April 14, 2023 - 10:00AM
Vezey Veterans Complex
Oklahoma City

 

 

 

 

Military Order of the Purple Heart

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART-COMMISSION CHAIR

Robert Allen

Phone: 405-523-4000

Dr. Sidney Ellington

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE COMMISSION VICE-CHAIR

Dr. Sidney Ellington

Sidney Ellington is a retired Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer, and for the past 10 years he has been working in the veteran service organization (VSO) space in roles such as Director of the Veterans Initiative for Teach For America, the Executive Director of the Warrior-Scholar Project, and is now serving as a Strategic Advisor to the Mark Divine Courage Foundation.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 and was commissioned as an Ensign through the University’s ROTC program. 

His 20-year active duty Naval career included tours of duty with SEAL Team THREE, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, the 7th Fleet Command ship USS BLUE RIDGE, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Special Operations Command-Pacific, and Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet.  After retiring from active service, Sid spent time on the staff of the Joint Special Operations University as a Special Operations Subject Matter Expert (SME) and participated in exercises and staff training events at commands such as the US Special Operations Command, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and National Defense University. 

Sid holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MA in International Relations, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Oklahoma.  He is also a certified member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM). 

In recognition of his contributions to veterans in the field of education, Sid was awarded the 2016 American Legion National Education Award.  Previous noteworthy awardees include Tom Brokaw, Fred Rogers, and Former First Lady Barbara Bush. 

Sid is married to Toni J. Ellington, Esq.  Toni is the Director of Legal and Product Compliance at Paycom.

Phone: 405-523-4000

 

Heather McEver

NATIONAL GUARD SECRETARY FOR THE COMMISSION

Heather McEver

Master Sergeant (MSG) Heather McEver enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard (OKARNG) in August of 2006 as a Patient Administration Specialist and later became a Human Resources Specialist. As a Patient Administration Specialist, she spent 9 years in the OKARNG Medical Branch where she processed medical evaluation boards in order for Soldiers to receive their disability ratings. She then served as a Human Resources Sergeant for the last 5 years at the Unit and Battalion level in the 45th Field Artillery Brigade. After serving in the 45th Field Artillery Brigade, she was moved to the State G1 office and served as the State Enlisted Promotions Manager. Her current assignment is the State Personnel Security Manager at the Oklahoma Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. MSG McEver’s passion and knowledge for assisting Soldiers is exceptional and sought out by many. As a military member, she has experienced first and second hand the available benefits by assisting Soldiers and their families.  MSG McEver has served as a Casualty Assistance Officer and currently serves as a Victim Advocate. MSG McEver has three daughters ages 12, 8, and 15 months. Family is very important to MSG McEver as she keeps her children involved with competitive sports and is always on the go. MSG McEver understands the importance of veteran care and support for both the veteran and their families as she has experienced the outreach and care from the Veterans Administration during the recent death of her father. MSG McEver is always looking for ways to better herself and her knowledge to assist others as much as she can.   

Phone: 405-523-4000

 

THE AMERICAN LEGION

THE AMERICAN LEGION

Brett Martin

Phone: 405-523-4000



In September of 1961, Brett Martin was born to Roger and Georgia Martin and was raised on a 400-acre livestock and grain farm near Hornick, Iowa. His father Roger was a Sergeant First Class in the Second Division during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 666, of Smithland, IA, where he was a past commander. His mother Georgia was actively involved in St John’s Lutheran’s Church as an organist and Sunday school teacher for over 55 years. She also sold real estate and worked for the Postal Service until she retired. Both of his parents are recently deceased. During Brett’s youth he helped his family work their farm and was actively involved in the church’s youth group, 4-H, where he showed horses and feeder cattle, and in school where he participated in sports, band, speech, newspaper, and the drama club. In 1979, Brett was selected to attend Iowa Boy’s State and later graduated from Woodbury Central High School in 1980. He went on to attend Morningside College for one year and worked various job until he enlisted in the U.S Navy in 1986.

 

Upon graduating with honors from Aerographer's Mate Al School he reported for duty at the Naval Oceanography Command Detachment, Naples, Italy. During his tour he was assigned duties as AntiSubmarine Warfare Assistant to the Staff Oceanographer, Commander Area Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet. While in Italy, Brett earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of New York. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in May of 1992. Following Surface Warfare Officer School and Engineering Officer of the Watch School, he was ordered to the destroyer USS HARRY W. HILL (DD 986) where he made two Persian Gulf deployments and achieved his Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of the Watch qualifications.

 

Brett then reported to United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB in March 1996 where he assumed duties as Senior Watch Officer, Mobile Consolidated Command Center, and Airborne Training Officer. In August 1998, he was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Phillip Ford. He served in this position until May 2000. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he received a dual Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography in December 2002. He then reported to USS BOXER (LHD 4) where he served as the ship’s Oceanographer and Senior Watch Officer.

 

During his time onboard USS BOXER, he made two surge deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, as Senior METOC Officer for Amphibious Task Force West and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. From March 2005-2007, He served as the Officer-In-Charge Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Detachment, Pacific. From 2007-2009 and then served at Commander Third Fleet as Fleet Oceanographer, Operations Officer, and Executive Assistant to Commander Third Fleet, Vice Admiral Hunt. He then assumed duties as Commanding Officer Strike Group Oceanography Team, San Diego in November of 2009 until the command was disestablished in November 2010, when he assumed duties as Executive Officer, Fleet Weather Center San Diego.

 

In April 2011, Brett reported to Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he served as Director for Undersea Warfare, Assistant Chief of Staff for Warfare Programs and Integration, and Maritime Operations Director. In March of 2016 Brett reported to Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS where he served as the Military Deputy for the Marine Geosciences Division. After wearing the cloth of our nation for 31 years he retired from active duty on 31 December 2017.

 

Brett and his family reside in Oklahoma City where he is an active member of the Department of Oklahoma American Legion. He currently serves as Commander of Post 12, Bethany–Warr Acres, Senior Vice Commander of the American Legion, Department of Oklahoma and serves as Membership and Post Activities National Committee Member. Past American Legion positions held include Vice Commander West and 1 st Vice 5A District, the American Legion, Department of Oklahoma, Commander of Lamar Hartje, Post 725 Treynor, Iowa and 7th District Commander for the American Legion Department of Iowa. He also served as financial officer for the Kanesville Riders Honor Guard and served as a voting board member of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans at Mississippi State University for 5 years. Brett’s military decorations include Legion of Merit Medal (gold star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (four gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Navy Achievement Medal (three gold stars), and various theater, sea and service medals.

At-Large Representative

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE

Kevin Offel

Commissioner Offel currently serves as Lead Independent Board Director, Executive Chairman and Board Director for several private equity portfolio companies.  Mr. Offel has previously served as President, CEO, and COO of several successful private healthcare services businesses.  In March 2018, Mr. Offel was appointed as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA), serving under Secretary Dr. Mark Esper, Secretary Ryan McCarthy, and Secretary Christine Wormuth.  He also currently serves as the President of the West Point Class of 1996 and as Board Director for the West Point Alumni Society of Central Oklahoma.

Mr. Offel is a 4th generation Armed Forces Veteran and served simultaneously alongside his father (Air Force), older brother (Air Force/Army National Guard), and younger brother (Navy).  Mr. Offel graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1996 and he was subsequently commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Aviation Branch.

Upon completion of flight training and qualification in the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, Kevin was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Ft. Hood, TX, where he served as Executive Officer, Flight Platoon Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, and Logistics Officer.  As a Pilot-in-Command (PIC), he participated in a multitude of missions in various types of rotary-winged aircraft, including the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, OH-58 Kiowa, and UH-60 Blackhawk.  Kevin received numerous awards and decorations during military service and is both Airborne and Air Assault qualified.

After military service, Mr. Offel attended Goizueta Business School at Emory University where he received an MBA.  Kevin is an active member of the Association of the U.S. Army, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, First Wave (Service Academy Graduate Business Leaders), and the OKC Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).  He is also an Ambassador for the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and volunteers for several Veteran-focused charitable organizations.  An accomplished pilot, he holds both a Commercial Helicopter Instrument and Private Airplane Single Engine Land certificate from the FAA.

Kevin and his wife of 20 years, Heidi, live in Edmond with their two sons.

Phone: 405-523-4000

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

Daniel Orr

Phone: 405-523-4000



Dan is originally from Jacksonville Florida. After high school he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he saw combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Dan made the transition to oil and gas where he has worked for the last 17 years.

 

Dan holds a B.S. Degree from Columbia Southern University in Occupational Health and Safety and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

 

Dan is extremely passionate about worker safety both in general industry and the oil and gas industry. Three years ago, Dan started Titan Safety Consulting Services, where helps companies change their safety culture and increase worker safety.

 

Dan also owns and operates a fly-fishing store here in Oklahoma City which he enjoys servicing the Oklahoma outdoor community. Dan’s hobbies include fly fishing, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying his three dogs Bonnie, Clyde, and Sage.

 

Dan was transferred to Oklahoma 8 years ago from Utah with an Oil and Gas operator… “This is now my home” Boomer!

  Veterans of Foreign Wars

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

Edward Perry

Phone: 405-523-4000

At-Large Representative

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE

Scott Sweeney

Phone: 405-523-4000

 

PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA  Bill Kokendoffer Phone: 405-523-4000

PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

Vacant

Phone: 405-523-4000

 

2023 Scheduled Meetings

Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM - Vezey Veteras Complex, OKC, OK (special meeting - rescheduled from 1/30/23)

Monday, January 30, 2023 at 1:00 PM - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK (emergency meeting) (Cancelled)

Friday, January 27, 2023 at 10:00 AM - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK (special meeting)

Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK (meeting cancelled)

Friday, February 10, 2023 at 10:00 AM - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK 

Friday, March 10, 2023 at 10:00 AM - Clinton Veterans Home

Friday, April 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK

 

2-3-23 Notice of Meeting Change: The Oklahoma Veterans Commission emergency meeting scheduled for Monday, January 30th, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Vezey Veterans Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has been changed to Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM at the Vezey Veterans Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Date change due to weather conditions. A notice of this meeting was filed with the Secrtary of State's Office on January 30, 2023.   

1-30-23 Notice of Emergency Meeting: The Oklahoma Veterans Commission will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 1:00 PM. This meeting is to be held at the Vezey Veterans Complex 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  A Notice of this meeting was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on January 27th, 2023 (Meeting rescheduled for February 3, 2023 due to inclement weather)

1-25-23  Notice of Special Meeting: The Oklahoma Veterans Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 10:00 AM. This meeting is to be held at the Vezey Veterans Complex 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  A Notice of this meeting was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on January 24th, 2023

11-8-22 Notice of Meeting Change of Location and Time of Regularly Scheduled Meeting: The Oklahoma Veterans Commission scheduled for Friday, November 18th, 2022 at 10:00AM at Vezey Veterans Complex, 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 has been changed to Friday, November 18th, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Oklahoma State Veterans Home, 3001 W. Blue Starr Drive, Claremore, OK 74107

8-12-22  Notice of Meeting Change of Date of Regularly Scheduled Meeting: The Oklahoma Veterans Commision meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM has been changed to Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10:00 AM.  This meeting is to be held at the Vezey Veterans Complex, 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  A Notice of this change was filed with the Secretary of State's Office on August 12th, 2022.

4-7-22     Notice of Special Meeting: The Oklahoma Veterans Commission will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 11th, 2022, at 3:30 PM. This meeting is to be held at the Vezey Veterans Complex 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  A Notice of this meeting was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on April 7th, 2022.

2-25-22    Notice of Special Meeting: The Oklahoma Veterans Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 4th, 2022, at 10:00 AM. This meeting is to be held at the Vezey Veterans Complex 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  A Notice of this meeting was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on February 25th, 2022.

2-25-22    Notice of Cancellation of Scheduled Meeting: The regular meeting scheduled for Friday, February 25th, 2022, at 10:00 AM at the Vezey Veterans Complex, 2132 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111 has been canceled due to weather conditions. A Notice of this cancellation was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on February 24th, 2022.

 

 

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