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.
Friday, June 17th, 2022 10:00am Clinton Veterans Center
Upcoming Regular Meeting:
Friday, August 5th, 2022 10:00am Vezey Veterans Complex Oklahoma City, OK
- Meeting Minutes
- Special Notices
CHAIRMAN/MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART
Larry Van Schuyver
(Bio Coming Soon)
Paul D. Costilow
Brigadier General Paul Costilow, assumed duties as Assistant Adjutant General for the Oklahoma Army National Guard on 12 May 2001. As Assistant Adjutant General, he is responsible for the oversight of training, administration, logistics, and personnel actions for the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Additionally, he advises the Adjutant General in regards to any matters concerning the Oklahoma Army National Guard and its more than 7300 citizen soldiers.
The General's military career began in 1968. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer upon graduation from ROTC and then completed the Officer Rotary Wing Aviation Course. Brigadier General Costilow has served as Airfield Commander, Aviation Commander, State Aviation Officer, and Assistant Adjutant General
EDUCATION: 1968 University of Oklahoma - BA Degree - Business/Administration
1992 Oklahoma State University - MS Degree - Natural and Applied Sciences
1996 Army War College
SECRETARY FOR THE COMMISSION
Mike Jackson is a graduate of Roff High School and Oklahoma City University. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and US Army. Jackson retired in 2019 after more than 23 years in banking. His hobbies include riding his motorcycles, playing guitar and teaching martial arts. Mike is married, has two daughters and four grandsons.
Commissioner Jackson enlisted in the USAF in October 1974 as an inventory management specialist. He was a supply sergeant, unit administrator and a recruiter on the Army side. Jackson was discharged in June 1987 at the rank of SFC E7. On the civilian side, he was a comptroller for a car dealership for 9 years prior to banking.
Dr. Andrew Lasser
Andrew Lasser, DrPH, is President and CEO of The Lasser Group. Dr. Lasser’s rich healthcare experience includes various leadership posts, notably executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief executive officer of academic medical center hospitals, Children’s Hospitals, community hospitals, rural hospitals and a religiously affiliated hospital.
Dr. Lasser holds a doctorate in Public Health and a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1998, Dr. Lasser has been consulting in the areas of strategic thinking in healthcare operations, project feasibility, organizational structure and hospital-physician collaborations. He is also a skilled group-process facilitator.
In addition to his professional work, Dr Lasser has served on the Board of Directors of several community health related organizations such as Variety Care, a federally qualified health care center (FQHC), Red Cross, Heart Association and Christian Children’s Fund, an international child and community development organization. Currently he serves as a Commissioner on the Oklahoma Veteran’s Commission and is President of the Variety Care Board of Directors.
Dr. Lasser served as an officer in the United States Army and was a paratrooper serving in the 82nd Airborne and the JFK Center for Special Warfare.
THE AMERICAN LEGION
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PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
Commissioner Kokendoffer grew up in southwest Oklahoma City and Moore. He served in the US Navy from 1972-1974. After leaving active duty, he took a job as a long-haul truck driver. September 28, 1975, Commissioner Kokendoffer had an accident while driving his truck, the injuries sustained in the accident left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. After nine months of rehabilitation, he returned home able to live on his own but with limited use of both arms and legs.
Commissioner Kokendoffer has spent his entire adult life in some form of agriculture, farming, and ranching, all done from a wheelchair.
He joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America in 1983 and has served on the Board of Directors in nearly every position. His most recent position is as President which he has held since 2002.
One of his proudest moments, other than getting married at 56, was when the Veterans Council, Governor, House, and Senate recognized Commissioner Kokendoffer as Veteran of the Year in 2019.
Kokendoffer says, ”This is such a great honor, not for what I did while on active duty but for I do for our veterans still today. The Paralyzed Veterans helped guide me through the VA system in 1983 and I hope I am continuing that direction for our veterans today.”
NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION
(Bio Coming Soon)
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
(Bio Coming Soon)
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
Merline LeDay-Mauney holds twenty-six years of active-duty service in the United States Army which include three overseas tours of duty. She exited with a retirement rank of Master Sergeant as the 2-14 FA Brigade S4.
When she left the military, she went on to further herself by pursuing her educational goals the same way she pursued her career in the military; by way of tenacity. She has an associate degree from OSU in Drug and Substance Abuse Counseling, a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Mid-America Christian University and a Masters in Psychological Health and Wellness with a concentration in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of the Rockies in Denver Colorado.
Commissioner LeDay-Mauney spends countless hours volunteering support to her fellow veterans thru multiple state veteran programs. She has assisted with Veteran Stand Down for the past 3 years ensuring transportation was provided to get veterans to the various services being offered, as well as coordinated provider and nursing staff care. She was the first female Commander for the Joe McCain Chapter 56 DAV and before she attained this prestigious position, she held the Jr. Vice and Senior Vice positions.
Commander LeDay-Mauney also served as the DAV Hospital Service Coordinator for the Transportation Network for the Lawton VA Outpatient Clinic from 2010-2015 providing transportation for as many as 900 veterans per year of service. She is now employed at the Lawton Outpatient Clinic in the Administration department as a Patient Advocate, continuing to ensure the veterans concerns are being taken care of.
Semi-Annual Meeting Schedule for 2022
Friday, January 7th, 2022 – Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK
Friday, February 25th, 2022 – Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK (Canceled due to weather)
Friday, March 4th, 2022 - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK (Special Meeting)
Monday, April 11th, 2022 - Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK (Special Meeting)
Friday, April 22nd, 2022 – Lawton Veterans Center, Lawton, OK
Saturday, June 4th, 2022 - Ardmore Cemetery Dedication, Ardmore, OK (Special Meeting)
Friday, June 17th, 2022 – Clinton Veterans Center, Clinton, OK
Friday, August 5th, 2022 – Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK
Thursday, September 22nd, 2022– Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK
Friday, September 23rd, 2022– Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK
Friday, November 18th, 2022 – Vezey Veterans Complex, OKC, OK
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OKLAHOMA VETERANS COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
- Meeting minutes are made available to the public the Monday following thier approval by the members of the Oklahoma Veterans Commission.
- Minutes for the previous meeting are approved at the following regular meeting.
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.