By Barbara Scruggs, Volunteer Contributor, American Red Cross
Wow do we have a supportive community for veterans in Tulsa!
I was privileged to attend the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council Meeting April 20 at the VFW Post 577, Tulsa, OK. This is a monthly meeting that Mayor GT Bynum continues to support since his election last year, and that is represented by most of the agencies or services, including The Red Cross in the community that are available to all veterans living in this area.
At this meeting were about 100 attendees—more than usual, because at this Welcome Home event, all U.S. Veterans who served from November 1, 1955–May 15, 1975, were presented a Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pin. The Mayor made a brief statement to the group and Congressman Jim Bridenstine also addressed the veterans. Included in this excitement, there was a ninety-two-year-old WW II veteran in attendance who was able to address the group briefly about his experience in the Navy.
This advisory council consists of representatives from Veterans Affairs, the Vet Center, DAV, VFW, American Legion groups, Blue Star Mothers, the mayor’s office, our congressman’s and senator’s offices, retired service members, GI Wishes, Hidden Hero’s, the Coffee Bunker (a reintegration facility opened by a mother in honor of her son who lost his life after returning home from service), family support groups, caregivers organizations, the Red Cross and many more.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross’ Services to the Armed Forces, go to redcross.org/volunteer.