OCCC hosts veterans' resource fair for community

Mobile Vet Center and more!

    (Published: 04-18-17)

OCCC student and veteran Jared Swartz

Veterans in the Oklahoma City metro will have access to the Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center (MVC) at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with other resources. The MVC is designed to provide nonmedical readjustment counseling and outreach to veterans and their families by addressing the social and economic dimensions of postwar needs.

In addition to the MVC, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) veteran service officers will provide veterans and their families with the opportunity to file claims for service-connected injuries or illnesses, apply for VA pensions and dependent and survivor benefits.

The event is free and open to all veterans and their families. The OCCC Recruitment & Admissions team will be on hand to visit with veterans about opportunities to further their education at OCCC. Thanks to a generous donation by Dunkin’ Donuts and Sonic Drive-In, free food will be provided.

The event will be held on the OCCC campus located at 7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73159. Visitors are encouraged to use the 74th Street entrance. The resource fair will be set up outside of the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on the Northwest side of the campus. For more information, call 405-682-7527 or visit www.occc.edu/veterans.

MVCs are among the VA’s premier front-line resources designed to interact with veterans in rural communities, at community events and on special occasions. As an integral part of the Vet Center system, MVCs offer veterans information on topics such as individual and group counseling, military sexual trauma, marital and family counseling, VA benefits and community education.

The Vet Center looks forward to providing an opportunity to engage in face-to-face dialog with a VA representative within the local community. At the foundation of the Vet Center Program is respect for the privacy of all veterans and family members, by maintaining all information in the strictest confidence. Staff will not communicate or transfer information to any third-party agency without the written consent of the veteran except in circumstances necessary to avert a crisis situation.

The Oklahoma City Vet Center is located at 6804 N. Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, and can be reached at 405-456-5184.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. The college is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.