Oklahoma Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary: Oklahoma offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including 100% Veteran Disability tax exemption, employment assistance, Veteran's employment preference, tuition assistance for eligible Veterans and Family members, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Oklahoma State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Military Wages: An Oklahoma resident who is a member of any component of the Armed Services may exclude 100% of their taxable active duty military pay. This includes Reserve and National Guard pay.

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Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouse: A nonresident Spouse of a nonresident Service member may be exempt from Oklahoma income tax on income from services performed in Oklahoma if all the following facts are true:

  • The Service member is present in Oklahoma in compliance with military ordersThe Spouse is in Oklahoma to be with the Service member; and

  • The Spouse maintains the same domicile as the Service member.

Withholding Tax: A Spouse whose wages are exempt from Oklahoma income tax under the SCRA may claim an exemption from Oklahoma withholding tax. Spouses wishing to claim this exemption from income tax may file a Oklahoma Tax Commission, Form OW-9-MSE: Annual Withholding Tax Exemption Certification for Military Spouse with their employer. Spouses claiming exemption from Oklahoma income tax should consider the impact on their income tax (and estimated income tax) liability in their domicile state.

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Oklahoma Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Any individual may exclude the greater of 75% of their retirement benefits or $10,000, but not to exceed the amount included in the Federal Adjusted Gross Income. The retirement benefits must be from any component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Learn more about Oklahoma Retired Military Pay Income Taxes

Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

Learn more about Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Oklahoma State Tax Benefits: In accordance with Oklahoma statute §68-2358.E.19 , all retirement benefits received by federal civil service retirees, including survivor annuities, paid in lieu of Social Security benefits shall be exempt from taxable income to the extent such benefits are included in the federal adjusted gross income.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Oklahoma State Tax Benefits

Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption: Oklahoma offers a 100% tax exemption for sales tax including city and county sales tax to eligible disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption? Persons who have been certified as receiving compensation at the 100% rate where disability is permanent and where it is service connected as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Sales qualifying for the exemption are limited to $25,000.00 per year. The sales tax exemption for the 100% disabled Veterans extends to the Surviving Spouse of a deceased qualified Veteran if the Surviving Spouse has not remarried. Sales qualifying for the exemption are limited to $1,000.00 per year for the Surviving Spouse.

100% Percent Disabled Veterans and un-remarried Surviving Spouses can apply for a sales tax exemption card online. applicants must provide the letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Muskogee, OK certifying that the applicant is a qualifying Veteran or qualifying Surviving Spouse. Contact the Oklahoma Department of Veteran's Affairs at 1-888-655-2838 for assistance with this Oklahoma benefit.
Oklahoma Taxpayer Access Point

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Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption: The exemption may be claimed on only one vehicle in a consecutive three-year period by any single qualifying Veteran. The exemption applies to motor vehicles only. It does not apply to boats or motors. The exemption does not apply to Surviving Spouses of qualified Veterans.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption?

  • The qualifying Veteran must be listed on the title as an owner of the vehicle. Additional owners may also be present.

  • The vehicle must have been purchased on or after 7/1/05

  • A letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs must be presented certifying that the Veteran is receiving disability compensation at the 100% rate or the exemption card issued to document the sales tax exemption must be presented.

Learn more about the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption

Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: There is a 100% property tax exemption for disabled Veterans. Property tax systems are based on market value of real, personal and public service properties. The exemption can be claimed beginning January 1, 2006. The exemption will be for the full fair cash value of the homestead. Complete Oklahoma Tax Commission Form 998, Application for 100% Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption and take it to the county assessor's office for the county in which the property is located.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? The qualifying Veteran must be receiving disability compensation at the 100% rate. The exemption applies to the Surviving Spouse of the Veteran if the Surviving Spouse has not remarried.

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Oklahoma College Credit for Military Service: Oklahoma state law (OK Stat § 59-4100.3) allows Oklahoma colleges, university and technology centers to provide academic credit to a Veteran honorably discharged in the previous three years for any applicable education, training and experience received through military duty that pertains to their area of study.

Learn more about Oklahoma College Credit for Military Service

Expedited Oklahoma Professional Licensure for Service Members Post-Military Service and Spouses: In accordance with 59 O.S. § 4100.4 of the Post-Military Service Occupation, Education and Credentialing Act, the related trade committee and the Board shall, upon satisfactory evidence of substantially equivalent education, training and experience by an applicant for licensure, registration, or endorsement, accept the education, training and experience completed by the applicant as a member of the Armed Forces or Reserves of the United States, National Guard of any jurisdiction, the Military Reserves of any jurisdiction, or the Naval Militias of any jurisdiction, and apply it in the manner most favorable toward satisfying the applicant's qualifications for examination and license or endorsement issuance. An applicant must complete and submit the following:

  • Appropriate application(s),

  • Satisfactory evidence of education, training, and experience obtained as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces,

  • License, registration, or endorsement certification(s) from jurisdiction(s) in which the applicant has held or currently holds a license, registration, or endorsement, if applicable.

  • Criminal history background application and fingerprint card, if applicable, and

  • Successful completion of the appropriate examination.

Military Spouse applicant - equivalency: In accordance with 59 O.S. § 4100.5 the Board shall issue the individual an equivalent license, registration, or endorsement in an equivalent category if, in the opinion of the related trade committee, the requirements for licensure, registration, or endorsement of the other state are substantially equivalent to those required by this state, and the applicant:

  • is actively licensed in another state

  • Applicant is the Spouse of an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Applicant has a Spouse subject to a military transfer to Oklahoma, and

  • Applicant left employment in another state to accompany the Service member.

*Note: If there is a question as to the competence of the applicant, they may be required to complete additional educational courses and/or successfully complete the required examination.

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Oklahoma Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education: This program waives the tuition at any state-supported technology career center school in the State of Oklahoma operating under the State Board of Career and Technology Education. The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee is excluded from the provisions of this act.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education? Any Oklahoma Veteran, or dependent of any Oklahoma Veteran who was missing in action or a prisoner of war is eligible.

Learn more about the Oklahoma Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver: The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver is established as an incentive for qualified young men and women to join the Oklahoma National Guard and as a means to retain skilled, productive citizens within the state.Oklahoma National Guard free education

A resident tuition waiver covers the cost of resident tuition for all courses for which resident tuition is charged. The student is responsible for all other fees: special course fees, student activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others. A student may receive a waiver for a maximum of 18 semester credit hours each semester, for up to six years from the date of first application.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver? A student who is a member of the Oklahoma National Guard shall be eligible for a full resident tuition waiver, provided the student:

  • Is a bona fide member of the Oklahoma National Guard at the beginning of the semester for which they are applying for a scholarship or by the scholarship application deadline determined by the institution

  • Has been certified as a member in good standing by the Adjutant General

  • Is an Oklahoma resident

  • Does not currently hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree

  • Meets all admission and retention requirements of the institution.

Learn more about the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver

Oklahoma Heroes Promise, College Scholarship for Children of Deceased Service Members: Heroes Promise will help pay the student's tuition at a public community college or university. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private college or university or for courses at public technology centers that are approved for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree at a public college. The scholarship is good for up to five years or until the student completes a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. The final amount of the scholarship will vary depending on where the student attends college, the tuition rates in effect at that time and whether they attend full time or less.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Heroes Promise, College Scholarship for Children of Deceased Service Members?

  • The scholarship is available to Children of any person killed after January 1, 2000, in the line of duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or who died after January 1, 2000, as a result of an injury sustained while in the line of duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

  • The person who was killed or died must have filed an individual or joint Oklahoma income tax return for the tax year prior to the year during which the person was killed or died.

  • The student must be an Oklahoma resident.

  • The student must enroll within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education prior to reaching the age of 21.

For More Information
Heroes Promise
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
800-858-1840
405-225-9131 (Oklahoma City area)
studentinfo@osrhe.edu

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High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans: In order to recognize and pay tribute to Veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, in the Korean War, or in the Vietnam War, a board of education of any independent school district in this state is hereby authorized to grant a diploma of graduation to any Veteran who meets the requirements.
Who is eligible for High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans? To be eligible, a Veteran must:

  • Have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Served on active duty or have been discharged with a service-connected disability between these dates:

    • September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946

    • June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955

    • May 13, 1961, and April 29, 1975

  • Be a resident of the state of Oklahoma.

School districts are further encouraged to present such diplomas in conjunction with appropriate Veterans Day programs.

Learn more about High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans

Oklahoma Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Dr. Darrell Floyd
Superintendent, Enid Public Schools
Address: 500 S. Independence
Enid, OK 73701
Email: dgfloyd@enidk12.org
Phone: 580-366-7010

Learn more about the Oklahoma Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Oklahoma Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP): VEP offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, members of the Coast Guard, and Marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for Veterans and others with disabilities.

The VEP is designed around two central elements: a) focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs; and b) the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program. The practical elements of the program will involve three phases:

  • Phase 1: (January 11 – February 17, 2021): delegates will participate in a self-study curriculum, facilitated by an online discussion and assessment module, which will be moderated by entrepreneurship faculty and graduate students from Oklahoma State University. During this phase they will work on the development of their own business concepts.

  • Phase 2: (February 20 - April 25, 2021): during this eight-day residency in Stillwater, OK, delegates will be exposed to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership through experiential workshops and lessons from world-class entrepreneurship faculty representing nationally ranked programs around the country.

  • Phase 3: (June 1 – October 31, 2021): delegates are provided with 5 months of ongoing support and mentorship from entrepreneurship experts at Oklahoma State University.

All travel, accommodation, meals, materials, and instructional costs will be covered by the VEP Program.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)? This program is available to Veterans that meet the following requirements:

  • Have separated from active duty service (or are currently in the administrative process of separating)

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are identified as disabled by the Veterans Administration based on a “service-connected” disability OR are “service distinguished” based on exemplary military conduct

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership/management

The VEP program represents a unique opportunity for men and women who have sacrificed for America’s freedom to take an important step toward realizing their own freedom – economic freedom – through entrepreneurship. VEP is a selective, rigorous, and intense educational initiative that has been created to make a difference. Accordingly, the application process itself is rigorous and selective.

Successful candidates for admission will demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship, high motivation for owning and managing a business, and a high likelihood of successful completion of this intense training program.
Oklahoma Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) Online Application

Learn more about the Oklahoma Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)

Career tech for Vets Oklahoma CareerTech for Veterans: The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is committed to helping Oklahoma's transitioning military members. Veterans will find resources on this site, as well as on the Oklahoma Military Connection Partners site.

For information contact:
Eddie Compton
Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education
Government & Economic Development Partnerships
405-880-4415
eddie.compton@careertech.ok.gov

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Oklahoma State Employee Military Leave for National Guard and Reserve Service Members: State employees are eligible for 30 days of paid military leave per federal fiscal year when ordered to military duty. If the period of military status extends beyond 30 days the employee may elect to use accrued compensatory holidays, annual leave, or leave without pay
Who is eligible for Oklahoma State Employee Military Leave for National Guard and Reserve Service Members? State employee on Inactive Duty Training, Annual Training or active duty are eligible for military leave.

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Oklahoma State Employee Veteran Hiring Preference: In establishing employment lists of eligible persons for competitive and noncompetitive appointment, certain preferences shall be allowed for Veterans honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.

  • Five points shall be added to the final grade of any person who has passed the examination and has submitted proof of having status as a:

    • Veteran; or

    • Un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran; or

    • National Guard Employment Spouse of a Veteran who is unemployable due to a service-connected disability as certified by the Veterans Administration or agency of the Defense Department within six (6) months of the date of application.

  • Ten points shall be added to the final grade of any war Veteran who has passed the examination and has submitted proof of having a service-connected disability as certified by the Veterans Administration or Agency of the Defense Department within six (6) months of date of application.

  • In addition to the 10-point preference provided in (2) of this subsection, such eligible war Veterans who are in receipt of benefits payable at the rate of 30% or more because of the service-connected disability, shall be considered Absolute Preference Veterans. Their names shall be placed at the top of the register, ranked in order of their examination scores. Absolute Preference Veterans shall not be denied employment and passed over for others without showing cause.

Direct Hire Authority: Applicants for LPN, RN, and Nurse Manager positions may apply directly to the Veterans centers.

Special Disabled Veterans: Veterans with 30% or more service-connected disability may be hired directly at this agency, in accordance with the "Persons with Severe Disabilities Program". This program provides exemption from entrance exams and other hiring procedures. A one-year probationary period applies.

Noncompetitive Appointments: Appointing Authorities who have classes of positions of unskilled or semi-skilled labor, or similar classes designated by the Administrator as noncompetitive, may appoint qualified Veterans or non-Veterans in accordance with 530:10-9-71 and 530:10-9-92.

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Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS):

  • Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173 .

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain Ok National Guardreemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program: The Employment Coordination Program (ECP) increases career opportunities for Oklahoma Guardsmen / Veterans by developing proactive positive relationships with Oklahoma employers and connecting our Citizen Soldiers / Airmen with Military Department Family Programs Officethose employers through all available channels in order to obtain stabilized careers and optimal retention.

The Oklahoma Military Department - Employment Coordination Program can help you with:

  • Resume Assistance

  • Oklahoma Civilian Job Search Assistance

  • Interview Coaching

  • Career Advice

  • Education Advice

For more information contact H. Michael Laird at 405-475-1966.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program?
Oklahoma National Guard Service members and their Families are eligible for assistance.

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation: Oklahoma's Employment Security Commission administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed Oklahoma workers.

Unemployment insurance is a temporary income intended for individuals who have experienced a loss of work due to no fault of their own when suitable work is not available. In some cases, workers who quit their jobs may qualify. Unemployment Insurance is an insurance paid by Oklahoma employers, and therefor is not typically available for self-employed, contract, or gig workers.

Who is eligible for Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation? Anyone who is unemployed may file a claim for unemployment. To qualify you must:

  • be unemployed through no fault of your own

  • be able to work

  • be available to work and registered on OKJobMatch

  • have earned a minimum of $1,500 during your base period

Before you apply you should have the following information on hand:

  • Social Security Number

  • Name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address

  • Alien registration number and expiration date, if a non-citizen

  • Oklahoma Driver's License or state-issued ID card number

  • Name and address of the company on your paycheck stub or W-2 form

  • Employment (start date and end date)

  • Wages earned and how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly)

  • Form SF8 or SF 50 if employed by the Federal government in the last 18 months

  • DD214 for military service in the previous 18 months

To apply for Unemployment Compensation, you must use the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Digital Service Portal. If this is your first claim you must first register, if not logon with your username and password. To Contact the Unemployment Service Center if you live inside the Oklahoma City calling area call 405-525-1500 all others call 800-555-1554.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Unemployment Insurance Digital Service Portal

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Oklahoma Veterans' Employment Initiative (Workforce Oklahoma): The Employment Security Commission employs Local Veterans' Employment Service Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs). These individuals conduct outreach services to employers with no Workforce Office Veteran services and provide intensive employment services to Veterans and targeted populations meeting criteria as having or supporting individuals identified with significant barriers to employment.

Learn more about Oklahoma Veterans' Employment Initiative (Workforce Oklahoma)

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Veterans' Priority of Service: The U.S. Department of Labor provides grant funds to the State of Oklahoma to provide employment and training services to eligible residents and workers. As a condition to receiving those funds, priority of service will be given to qualified Veterans when referring individuals to job openings, DOL funded training programs or related services. In accordance with the implementation of the Veterans' Priority Provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" (PL 107-288), qualified Veterans will receive priority referral to services over non-Veterans as determined by each program's mandatory eligibility criteria.

Information and assistance will be provided by One-Stop and Workforce Center staff regarding available employment programs, training opportunities and services, eligibility requirements, and Veteran's priority. Veterans are encouraged to avail themselves of these opportunities.

For more information on program eligibility and Veteran Priority details, visit or contact a local One-Stop or Workforce office. Veteran Employment and Training staff or One-Stop staff members are available to explain program mandatory eligibility and Veterans' priority.
Oklahoma One-Stop or Workforce Office Directory

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Department of Public Safety Related Benefits?

Oklahoma Vehicle Excise Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: A Veteran with at least a 50% service-connected disability is entitled to a reduced rate on annual registration and/or a special DAV license plate. For further information, please visit your local tag agent office.

Sales Tax will still be due at time of registration unless using a sales tax exemption.
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Tag Agent Office Directory
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Sales Tax Information

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"Veteran" Designation on Oklahoma Driver License/ID Card: Veterans may apply for a "Veteran" designation on their Oklahoma driver's license or ID Card. There is no fee associated with the addition of the designation; however, if the license is being renewed or a duplicate issued, standard fees apply. Oklahoma Drivers License with Veterans ID
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Designation on Oklahoma Driver License/ID Card? Veterans who choose to have the "Veteran" status on their card will have to show proof of military service by providing:

  • A valid Uniformed Services Identity Card

  • A United States Department of Defense Form DD214, DD215 or a World War II discharge document WD AGO Form that shows a discharge status of "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions"

  • An Oklahoma Army or Air National Guard NGB Form 22

  • A United States Department of Veterans Affairs photo identification card; or

  • A United States Uniformed Services DD Form 2 (Retired or Reserve Retired) Identification Card

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Motor License Agent Directory

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Extension of Oklahoma Driver License for Out of State Resident Service Members and their Spouses: The Oklahoma driver’s license of any Service member on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States stationed outside of Oklahoma, their Spouse or dependent will remain valid for a period of 60 days after their return to Oklahoma

Learn more about Extension of Oklahoma Driver License for Resident Service Members and their Spouses

Oklahoma Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of Oklahoma offers 90 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below. ( OS §47-1135.2 )

 Disabled Veteran Plate Oklahoma Disabled/Partially Disabled Veteran License Plate: A Veteran with at least a 50% service-connected disability is entitled to a reduced rate on annual registration and/or a special DAV license plate. The plate may be issued with the International Accessibility Symbol (ISA) with verifying documents. The application (click the 'Learn more' link below) may be mailed or presented in person.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Disabled/Partially Disabled Veteran License Plate? The applicant must be a disabled Veteran with a rating of 50% or more. The name of the disabled Veteran must appear on the face of the title. Application, medical supporting documentation or previously-issued physically disabled parking placard number (if ISA is desired), A copy of the Reduced Licensing Charge Card Form 599 issued by the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs (DO NOT send original, it will not be returned), or a letter issued by the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs for the purpose of registering your vehicle (This is not the letter issued by the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs which indicates the percentage of disability.).
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Application for Disabled American Veteran License Plate

Purple Heart plate Oklahoma Purple Heart Recipient License Plates: Recipients of the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded in combat can apply for the Oklahoma Purple Heart License plate. The un-remarried Surviving Spouse of any deceased Veteran, who has been awarded the Purple Heart can apply for this license plate. If the Surviving Spouse remarries, the remarriage must have been terminated by death, divorce or annulment before they may apply.

Applicants must submit the completed application and proper certification from the from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States that they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. This license plate is also available for motorcycles.
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Application for Purple Heart License Plates

Gold Star Parent plate Oklahoma Gold Star Parent License Plate: Special license plates are available to the parents of Service members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed in action or an honorably discharged Veteran who died due to or as a consequence of a service-connected injury, illness or disease.

A completed application and a letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, OR the deceased Veteran's DD Form 1300 (if the form does not reflect service person's death, a copy of the death certificate will need to be included) and birth certificate confirming applicant's relation OR Gold Star Parent membership identification card is required. Parents are limited to two plates per year.
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Application for Gold Star Parent, Surviving Spouse and Survivor License Plate

Gold Star Spouse plate Oklahoma Gold Star Spouse License Plate: Special license plates are available to the Surviving Spouse of a Service member who was killed in action or an honorably discharged Veteran that died due to or as a consequence of a service-connected injury, illness or disease.

The un-remarried Surviving Spouse may apply for a Surviving Spouse license plate for one vehicle. If the Surviving Spouse remarries, the remarriage must have been terminated by death, divorce or annulment before they may apply. Applicants must provide a completed application and a DD1300, Report of Casualty OR Death Certificate, DD214 or a statement that Veteran's death was due to or a consequence of a service-connected disability.
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Application for Gold Star Parent, Surviving Spouse and Survivor License Plate

Gold Star Survivor plate Oklahoma Gold Star Survivor License Plate: Special license plates are available to the Children of a Service member who was killed in action or an honorably discharged Veteran that died due to or as a consequence of a service-connected injury, illness or disease.

A completed application and a letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, OR deceased Veteran's DD 1300 (if the form does not reflect service person's death, a copy of the death certificate will need to be included) and birth certificate confirming applicant's relation.
Oklahoma Tax Commission, Application for Gold Star Parent, Surviving Spouse and Survivor License Plate

Medal of Honor plate Oklahoma Medal of Honor Recipient License Plates: Recipients of the Medal of Honor may apply for the Oklahoma Medal of Honor license plate.

The un-remarried Surviving Spouse may also apply for the Medal of Honor license plate. If the Surviving Spouse remarries, the remarriage must have been terminated by death, divorce or annulment before they may apply.

Applicants must provide s completed application and proof of award. Applications must be made in person. There is no registration fee for the issuance of this plate.

Learn more about Oklahoma Military and Veteran License Plates

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Oklahoma National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty: Officers and/or enlisted Service members who suffer injuries or contract disease, in the line of duty, while on duty or in active service, shall receive hospitalization and medical treatment, and the pay and allowances of their grade during the period that they are unable to resume their civilian occupation. No commissioned officer will be paid after the termination of their service or duty more than the pay and allowances of a Second Lieutenant.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members on State active duty are eligible.

Learn more about Oklahoma Worker's National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury or Death While on State Active Duty

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Oklahoma National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): Oklahoma National Guard Association offers Guard members from $5,000.00 up to $1,000,000 in combined term life insurance plans.National Guard Association

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage available for the Oklahoma National Guardsman through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard -you can keep the coverage when you separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion – you are covered in combat

  • No Aviation Exclusion – aviators are covered

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Oklahoma National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the Oklahoma National Guard.

Who is eligible for Oklahoma National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

Learn more about Oklahoma National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Admission to Oklahoma State Owned or State-Operated Parks or Museums for Resident Veterans: All honorably discharged Veterans OK State Parkwho are currently Oklahoma residents are allowed free admission to all state-owned or state-operated parks and museums. A valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo identification card and military discharge papers (DD214) or similar evidence of an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces is required for free admission.

Learn more about Free Admission to Oklahoma State Owned or State-Operated Parks or Museums for Resident Veterans

Free Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Certain Disabled Veterans: Free Oklahoma hunting and fishing permit for resident Veterans who are 60% or more service-connected disabled. In addition, they are exempt from Wildlife Land Stamp requirements.
Oklahoma Disabled Veterans Online Hunting and Fishing Application

Learn more about Free Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Certain Disabled Veterans

Reduced fee Disability Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License for Certain Disabled Veterans: Legal residents having proper certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor certifying that the person is a disabled Veteran may purchase a disability lifetime combination hunting/fishing license. The fees for the license are:

  • $200.00 for Veterans having a disability of LESS THAN 60%; and

  • $25.00 for Veterans having a disability of 60% OR MORE. (The $25.00 license provides some additional tags not included in the free permit for Veterans with a 60% or more certified disability.)

Oklahoma Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Combination License Application
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Go Outdoors Oklahoma, Online Licensing System

Learn more about Reduced fee Disability Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License for Certain Disabled Veterans

Oklahoma Disabled Veteran Hunting Fee Exemptions: Veterans with proper certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor, certifying that the person is a disabled Veteran in receipt of compensation at the 100% rate are exempt from the fees for:

  • Deer Gun Hunting License

  • Deer Archery Hunting License

  • Primitive Firearms License

  • Bonus, Special, Or Second Deer Gun Hunting License

Legal resident Veterans having a disability of 60% or more are exempt from the Wildlife Land Stamp requirements.

Learn more about Oklahoma Disabled Veteran Hunting Fee Exemptions

Oklahoma Resident Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Nonresidents Service Members and their Dependents: Active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their Spouse and any dependents, are considered residents if permanently assigned to a military installation located in the state.Deer in the woods

Learn more about Oklahoma Resident Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Nonresidents Service Members and their Dependents

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Stars and Stripes Project: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Stars and Stripes License Project is a donor-funded project that offers hunting and fishing licenses to military Veterans and select survivors of Veterans lost while serving their country. The Wildlife Department receives no state appropriated funds, so this project allows us to show appreciation to our Veterans while maintaining revenue that supports important wildlife conservation in the state.

Recipients have three licenses to choose from:

  • Annual Hunting License

  • Annual Fishing License

  • Annual Combination Hunting/Fishing License

Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Stars and Stripes Project?

  • Resident Military Veterans

  • Gold Star Lapel Pin Recipients

  • Next of Kin of Deceased Service members

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Go Outdoors Oklahoma, Online Licensing System

Learn more about the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Stars and Stripes Project

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits ?

"The Oklahoma Cross of Valor": Any person having the following qualifications is hereby authorized to apply for, receive, and display a certain badge or medal, to be known as "The Oklahoma Cross of Valor":

  • Cross of Valor Was a resident of Oklahoma at the time of entering the military service of the United States;

  • The military service referred to above, was performed during either World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Republic of Vietnam Conflict, or during any period of time in which the United States participated in a war, campaign or battle;

  • Was made and officially listed as captive by the enemy during the service mentioned above; and

  • Was honorably discharged from the military service.

Applications may be made through the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs at 405-523-4000.

Learn more about the Oklahoma Cross of Valor

Oklahoma State Veteran Centers: Oklahoma has seven Veteran Centers providing intermediate to skilled nursing care and domiciliary care for its wartime Veterans. Professional personnel provide diversified health services for every facet of complete health care in the Veterans Centers. These health services include but are not limited to laboratory, x-ray, pharmaceutical, dietary, social, and recreational. The Veteran Centers operate much like private communities, situated on spacious, landscaped acreage. State Veteran Centers include:

Who is eligible for care in the Oklahoma State Veterans Homes? An eligible Oklahoma Veteran is an individual who is certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) for receipt of per diem payment.

Claremore Ceterans Center

  • Individual has served at least 90 days with one or more days being on active duty. EXCEPTION: Individual was discharged due to or as a result of a service-connected disability other than dishonorable discharge.

  • Individual must be disabled by age, disease or other reason as specified in 38 CFR 17.46.

  • Admission to a Nursing Care Center - Veteran must be disabled and/or diseased which requires a skilled type nursing care center (i.e., requires intermediate or skilled type nursing care).

Admission Priorities: The purpose of these procedures is to establish a fair and equitable process for the placement of eligible Veterans on a waiting list for admission to a Veteran Center. The Veteran Centers Administrator have the flexibility to determine variation from the waiting list based on medical and/or humanitarian need. The waiting list priority for eligible Veterans is:

  • World War II Veterans

  • Ex-Prisoners of War

  • Eligible Wartime Veterans

    • Eligible wartime Veterans with service-connected ratings of 70% to 100% by the USDVA

    • All other wartime Veterans with service-connected ratings from 0% to 60% by the USDVA

    • All other eligible wartime Veterans not specified in earlier categories will be placed on the waiting list in chronological order based on the date of receipt of the application

  • All other eligible Veterans, Spouses and Surviving Spouses may be admitted on exhaustion of placement of all eligible Veterans

    • Eligible Veterans with service-connected ratings of 70% to 100% by the USDVA

    • All other Veterans with service-connected ratings from 0% to 60% by the USDVA

    • All other eligible Veterans not specified in earlier categories will be placed on the waiting list in chronological order based on the date of receipt of the application Ft Sill Veterans Center

Wartime dates are defined as the following dates:

  • WWII from 12/7/41 to 12/31/46

  • Korean Conflict from 6/27/50 to 1/31/55

  • Vietnam Era from 8/5/64 to 5/7/75 (2/28/61 for Veterans who served " in country" before 8/5/64)

  • Persian Gulf War from 08/02/90 through future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation; and

  • Wartime shall also be defined as any other dates that may be established by the United States Congress, Oklahoma Legislature, or Oklahoma Veterans Commission.

Veterans with a 70% or greater service-connected disability will receive full cost of care at any Oklahoma Veteran Center.

New: The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, the Oklahoma Veterans Commission (OVC), announced that Sallisaw won their bid to become the host city for Oklahoma’s newest Veterans Center.

In the spring of 2018, legislation was passed and signed by Governor Mary Fallin that would allow the current operations at the Talihina Veterans Center to be moved to a community that has the resources to support the new 175-bed facility for Oklahoma Veterans. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late September 2020.
Oklahoma Veteran Center Admission Packet

Learn more about the Oklahoma Veteran Centers

Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization: The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization (OKWVO) is a 501 (c) (19) non-profit War Veterans Service Organization. The OKWVO recognizes the contributions of Oklahoma’s daughters made in the defense of this great nation since the Civil War to present.

OKWVO provides many services to Oklahoma women Veterans. They have developed a network of many Veterans and organizations within the state to keep you abreast of changes in Veterans benefits and how to access them. Their mission is to communicate with and assist our women Veterans in need, so that they may fulfill their lives.

The purpose of this Organization is to provide an opportunity for locating, communicating, and associating with military women in Oklahoma, of the various military services. The OKWVO may serve as a medium of exchange between women Veterans and other Veteran Organizations. To provide assistance where needed to Oklahoma women Veterans.
Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization Brochure
Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization Membership Application

Learn more about Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Oklahoma:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oklahoma: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

 Fort Gibson National CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Oklahoma

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Oklahoma: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in Oklahoma. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
2311 N. Central
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-521-3684
Toll Free: 1-888-655-2838
Fax: 405-521-6533

Learn more about the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

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Military Installations in Oklahoma

Please see the Oklahoma Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
Fort Sill
McAlester Army Ammunition

Air Force
Altus AFB
Tinker AFB
Vance AFB

National Guard
Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard

Oklahoma Army National Guard

Oklahoma Air National Guard
137th Special Operations Wing
138th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

Resources

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Oklahoma

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Oklahoma Tax Commission Frequently Asked Questions

Oklahoma State Legislature

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Licensing

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

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U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Oklahoma Statutes

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Document Review Date: 28 September 2020