By: Mycah Hatfield

TULSA — Oklahoma Veteran Connections is celebrating its first year in Tulsa.

Leaders of the program say it was filled with success and they hope to see it grow in years to come.

The network that puts veterans in touch with the services reached 700 veterans and their families and handed out 1,100 referrals, according to the City of Tulsa.

Whether they need help finding a job, transportation, medical assistance, volunteer opportunities or a social group of other veterans, OKVC fulfills that need.

After the veteran is connected to one of the 35 agencies in OKVC, leaders keep track of the progress being made.

“What resource connected to them first off and what was the outcome of that?” Johnathon Shepherd, founder of Eagle Ops, said. “Was it positive? Was it negative?”

If the first resource did not pan out, Shepherd said they will connect them to a different group.

Richard Albritton Jr. reached out after moving to Tulsa from Austin for a job that did not pan out.

“My rent was late,” Albritton said. “It was already in eviction status and within a week I had my rent paid. My utilities were paid.”

He said without OKVC, he would have been homeless. Instead, he has a place to live and a job.

“I am the city’s newest electrical inspector,” Albritton said.

Veterans who want to get involved can call 211.

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