Why October 22? Every day, 22 veterans end their lives across our nation. This inaugural event will raise awareness of this devastating statistic while raising funds for the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance that brings hope to our heroes, their families and champions. Collectively, our community can ensure veterans returning home get the help they need to live safe, healthy, fulfilling lives. Join other veteran champions from across the state for a special evening in honor of our local heroes.
Supporting this event supports Oklahoma Veteran Alliance's belief that veterans and their families should never have to fight alone in the battle for home. Our mission is to support our heroes and their families in the journey home. We do this by building intersecting holistic partnerships between providers across the state to ensure no veteran is overlooked, or unable to find the services they need, or so alone that they find themselves without hope or a helping hand. We rely on donations from our community to sustain this critical work in saving our heroes’ lives, and we need your support! Together we are stronger!
Major Ed Pulido, Sr. Vice President, Folds of Honor Foundation
and Founder, Warriors for Freedom
Major Pulido will share his personal story of courage and sacrifice that has been featured in Time Magazine, PGA Magazine, Fox News, CNN and many national and local television stations and print media. He has received countless awards including the prestigious Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award. Major Pulido also has experienced what he calls the "deep wounding of a soldiers spirit”. He will explain how he found his life-saving path to recovery and how critical it is to acknowledge, understand and care for the inner wounds of war and the mental health of our heroes.
Speaker #2 - To be announced soon
Oklahoma Service Organization of the Year
Oklahoma Patriot of the Year
Oklahoma Veteran Employer of the Year
Your safety is our priority. This venue can accommodate physical distancing and we will work to ensure our event adheres to CDC and our state guidelines for events.
Oklahoma Governor Stitt and the First Lady are planning to attend this event to support the prevention of veteran suicides in Oklahoma.
Your sponsorship/donation will help veterans and their families find pathways home to housing, employment, education, social connectivity, and other services. Each veteran has unique needs and Community Service Council's Oklahoma Veteran Alliance (OKVA) ensures that providers can be easily connected to those in need and track the outcomes. When veterans gain confidence and recognize they are supported by their community in many ways, depression and loneliness decline -- and suicidal thoughts decrease.
The Oklahoma Veteran Alliance has been able to make solid progress over the past three years, and now through the success of our first Annual Dinner, we will be able to accelerate our outreach across the state and enhance our collaborative efforts to reach and benefit more veterans and their families.
Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Planning Committee
Questions? Email Pete Luitwieler
Oklahoma Veteran Alliance is a program of Tulsa-based Community Service Council, a non-profit organization under the IRS Code Section 501(C)(3). Your donation may be tax deductible. For your benefit and as required by law, we state that Community Service Council did not provide any goods or services in consideration, in whole or in part, for this contribution. Fed Tax ID #73-0580282.