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An initiative created to identify health care needs and a delivery system to assist and support the mission of agencies providing services to Oklahoma veterans.




Data Collection and Analysis

  • A 6-month data collection period.
  • A 3-month period of interviews with concerned Oklahomans, potential private and public sector entities, and veterans service organizations.
  • A detailed 6-week statewide veterans survey.
  • A 3-month period of analysis and development of recommendations.

Create a national model of service to veterans through:

  • The collection and analysis of data.
  • The development of strong private and public service entities.
  • Offering recommendations to the state legislative and executive branches of government on processes, programs, and budgetary/funding methods.



Respect, Integrity, Service and a Passion for Care


To assist in creating a Veterans-centered system of accessible healthcare that meets all levels of need to those who served with Honor.


  1. To identify gaps in service through the analysis of data collected.
  2. To make recommendations on improving timely access to healthcare services.
  3. To make recommendations on creating a system of transitional care for all Oklahoma Veterans and their dependents.
  4. To make recommendations for coordinating medical and behavioral healthcare needs.
  5. To develop a communication and educational process accessible to all Oklahoma Veterans and their dependents.


State Organizational Leadership Structure

Honorary Chairperson: Rita Aragon, MG (Ret)

Special Advisor: Honorable George Nigh, Governor of Oklahoma (1979-1986)

Force 50 Brigade

A team of 50 recognized business and financial leaders, sports figures and entertainers supporting Oklahoma veterans through public awareness activities and promotional outreach events.

  • Victor Company (Oklahoma State Veterans Leadership Team)
    • AmVets
    • American Legion
    • American Ex-POWs
    • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
    • Fleet Reserve Association
    • Marine Corps League
    • Military Officers Assn. Of America
    • Nat’l Assn. of Black Veterans
    • Oklahoma Womens’ Veterans Organization
    • Paralyzed Veterans of America
    • Mid-America Chapter
    • Rolling Thunder Oklahoma Chapter 1
    • Special Forces Oklahoma Chapter 32-50
    • U.S. Sub. Veterans, Inc., USS OKC Base
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars
    • Viet Nam Veterans of America
  • County Chair Leadership Team

Co-Chairperson: Myles Deering, MG (Ret), Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

Co-Chairperson: Mark Kinders, Ed. D, Vice-President of Public Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma

Vice-Chairperson: Karen Vahlberg, RN, BSN, CEO, LifeSpring Home Care

Program Coordinator: Pete Reed, Manager, Veterans Program, LifeSpring Home Care and Former Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (1983-1986)

Task Force Chairperson: Mark Morgan, MHA, Director - VA Medical Center Muskogee

Steering Committee

Government Task Force

Business Task Force

Veterans Task Force

Joint Task Force

Media Management Team

Education, Communication, and Grant Management Team

Non-Profit/Spiritual Management Team

Legislative Management Team

Legal Management Team