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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 Veterans Memorial Building, 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.

John Carter

John Carter

Chairman

Phone: 405-522-2212
Larry Van Schuyver

Larry Van Schuyver

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Phone: 405-522-2212
Eric Tuck

Eric Tuck

The American Legion

Phone: 405-522-2212
Tom Richey

Tom Richey

Vice Chair/Paralyzed Veterans of America

Phone: 405-522-2212
Lloyd Smithson

Lloyd Smithson

National Guard Association

Phone: 405-522-2212
Gary Secor

Gary Secor

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Phone: (405)522-2212

Jon Arthur

Disabled American Veterans

Phone: (405)522-2212
Gerry Shepherd

Gerry Shepherd

At-Large Representative

Phone: (405)522-2212