Closing the Loop Meeting the Needs of Returning Military and their Families in Tulsa

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tulsa has become a frontrunner in recognizing and fulfilling the needs of its returning military

The University of Tulsa Center for Community Research and Development and City of Tulsa Office of the Mayor


Tulsa has become a frontrunner in recognizing and fulfilling the needs of its returning military. From the initiation of the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council to the inculcation of the Tulsa County Veterans Treatment Court, the Tulsa community has undoubtedly shown a unique concern for its veterans. However, there are still gaps in services and unique obstacles that our local servicemen and women are facing. Where are the gaps? And how may these gaps be filled?

This program is the first of a community-wide initiative to create a plan to address the needs of those returning from the war-zone. This discussion will be integrated into an initiative created through private and public funding by the Community Service Council to create a plan for the Tulsa area to best address the priority needs of returning veterans and their families or caregivers with an emphasis on concerns related to brain injuries, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

Closing the Loop: Meeting the Needs of Returning Military and their Families in Tulsa

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30pm
University of Tulsa, Allen Chapman Activity Center (ACAC) Gallery Room

  • Gordon Taylor, PhD, Chapman Professor of English, The University of Tulsa
    • Historical presentation of veterans through literature and other mass media
    • Matt Stiner, Assistant to the Mayor, US Conference of Mayors Liaison, Veterans Affairs, Tulsa Mayor’s Office
      • Roots of the problems facing Tulsa veterans and current initiatives of the Mayor’s Office
      • LaRita A. Aragon, Retired Major General, Director, Advanced Programs, University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education-Norman
        • Educational barriers facing Tulsa Veterans and implications of research findings
        • Hon. Judge Sarah Smith, Tulsa County Veterans Treatment Court
          • Legal barriers facing Tulsa Veterans and the promise of the Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court
          • Elise Taylor, PhD, Substance Use Disorder Program Supervisor, Tulsa VA-Behavioral Medicine
            • Mental health and family difficulties facing Tulsa veterans and the status of the Tulsa community’s effort in addressing these difficulties 
            • Michael P. Mason, Journalist, Discover magazine, Author, Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
              • The implications of the rise in TBI related injuries among the veteran population and the status of research for treatment

              Contact:
              Center for Community Research and Development
              918-631-5460