Special Programs

Cherokee Nation Warrior's Memorial

Special Programs

Office of Veterans Affairs
Cherokee Nation Veterans Service Center Website
Bright Futures Truancy Prevention Program
Healing to Wellness Court

Office of Veteran's Affairs

P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465

Phone: (918) 453-5695 or (918) 453-5693
Toll free: 1-800-256-0671 ext. 5695 or 5693

Email: veterans@cherokee.org

The Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs and Tulsa Veterans Center have combined forces, bringing the services of the Tulsa Veterans Center and the Office of Veterans Affairs to veterans outside the Tulsa service area. The staff of the outreach station works closely with personnel within the Department of Health Services Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other federal, state, and city agencies and organizations. The goal is to identify and link eligible veterans with all available resources through a comprehensive network of services.

Each war is different. Attitudes and homecomings change. Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers offer common ground for men and women whom served our country during war. You can take advantage of our experience, service, and community networking. We are ready to help bring you and your loved ones home from war.

UNDERSTANDING
The Office of Veterans Affairs helps Veterans access benefits and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies both internal and external to the Cherokee Nation.

EXPERIENCE
The Veterans Representative is a Veteran and brings to the Office of Veterans Affairs many years of experience in assisting Veterans with their needs.

CONFIDENTIAL
Office of Veterans Affairs services are free and confidential to all eligible veterans and family members. Our staff respects the privacy of veterans, and hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed. No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent from veterans, except in circumstances to avert crisis, as provided for in the PRIVACY ACT 1975

Veterans Centers

Veterans Centers are community-based counseling centers operated by Readjustment Counseling Services, a mental health division of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congress established Vet Centers in 1979. The authorizing legislation arose from recognition of the special readjustment needs of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. In April 1991 legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President authorized Vet Centers' services for veterans who served in conflict zones in Lebanon , Grenada , Panama , the Gulf War region, and Somalia . World War II and Korean Vets were authorized to receive services in Oct 1996. Operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, and Joint Forge were added in 2001.

The Tulsa Veterans Center Outreach Station is located on the grounds of the Cherokee Nation Complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma . The offices are located behind the gift shop in the old hotel area in rooms 136, 137, and 138. The office is handicapped accessible and offers a comfortable and helpful environment.

Readjustment Counseling Service is also available to Veterans and their significant others who live in areas where there are no Vet Centers or VA facilities. Private health providers who are awarded contracts by the Department of Veterans Affairs provide these services.

UNDERSTANDING
Since 1979, Veterans Center counselors have shared post trauma expertise with survivors of natural disasters like Hurricane Hugo and California 's Loma Pietra Earthquake. The men and women who staff Vet Centers pride themselves on breadth of experience, cultural awareness, and sensitivity. They're ready to help you.

EXPERIENCE 
Veterans Center counselors offer skills and knowledge to address veterans' concerns. Many Vet Center counselors are also veterans of Vietnam or other military conflicts.

CONFIDENTIAL 
Veterans Center services are free and confidential to all eligible veterans and family members. Our counselors respect the privacy of veterans, and hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed in counseling. No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent from veterans, except in circumstances to avert crisis. PRIVACY ACT 1975.

Outreach Counseling For Veterans of Conflicts/Wars

Veterans Centers serve veterans from the following periods of hostilities:

WAR ZONE VETERANS - All eras, including:

VIETNAM WAR - 28 Feb 1961 to 7 May 1975 
KOREAN WAR - 27 June 1950 to 31 Jan 1955 
WORLD WAR II - 7 Dec 1941 to 31 Dec 1946 
AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINES - In oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict, 7 Dec 1941 to 15 Aug 1945 
VIETNAM ERA VETERANS NOT IN THE WAR ZONE - 5 Aug 1964 to 7 May 1975 (eligible until January 1, 2004) 
LEBANON - 25 Aug 1982 to 26 Feb 1984 
GRENADA - 23 Oct 1983 to 21 Nov 1983 
PANAMA - 20 Dec 1989 to 31 Jan 1990 
GULF WAR - 2 Aug 1990 - 
SOMALIA - 17 Sept 1992 - 
Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Joint Guard, and Operation Joint Forge - Vet Center eligibility has been extended to veterans who participated in one or more of three successive operations in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia , aboard U.S. Naval vessels operating in the Adriatic Sea , or air spaces above those areas) 
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I & II 
SEXUAL TRAUMA / HARASSMENT COUNSELING - Veterans of both sexes, all eras. 

Veterans Center Services:

Individual Readjustment Counseling 
Group Readjustment Counseling 
Marital Readjustment Counseling 
Sexual Trauma Counseling 
Referral for Benefits Assistance 
Liaison with Community Agencies 
Job Counseling and Placement 
Substance Abuse Information and Referral 
Community Education 

UNDERSTANDING 
Since 1979, Veterans Center counselors have shared post trauma expertise with survivors of natural disasters like Hurricane Hugo and California 's Loma Pietra Earthquake. The men and women who staff Vet Centers pride themselves on breadth of experience, cultural awareness, and sensitivity. They're ready to help you.

EXPERIENCE 
Veterans Center counselors offer over two decades of wisdom about veterans' concerns. Many Vet Center counselors are also veterans of Vietnam or other military conflicts.

CONFIDENTIAL 
Veterans Center services are free and confidential to all eligible veterans and family members. Our counselors respect the privacy of veterans, and hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed in counseling. No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent from veterans, except in circumstances to avert crisis. PRIVACY ACT 1975

Frequently Asked Questions: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Q: What is PTSD?
A: PTSD may occur with some individuals following a psychologically traumatic even, which is generally outside the range of human experience. These experiences such as natural (flood, hurricane, etc.) or man-made (war, airplane crash, rape) events could easily trigger symptoms of PTSD.

Q: During what period of time does PTSD usually occur after a traumatic event?
A: The reaction to a traumatic event will very from person to person. However, PTSD symptoms may occur within hours, months, or years later.

Q: What are some symptoms of PTSD?
A: Some symptoms commonly associated with PTSD are:

 

  • Feelings of isolation
  • Rage
  • Sleep disturbances and nightmares
  • Survival guilt
  • Intrusive thoughts
Q: How might one find out about PTSD?
A: Veterans and their families should visit or call the Vet Center for more information.

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Bright Futures Truancy Prevention Program

Bright Futures was developed to assist with reducing truancy and dropout rates. The pilot program is being developed in Adair County. It serves children from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. It is operated through a partnership with the Adair County school districts.

Program staff work with the children and their families through home visits, assessing obstacles to regular school attendance and working in conjunction with the family to get children back in school. Many times participation in this program is voluntary and is offered as an alternative to an appearance in Adair County District Court.

Phone: 918-457-9609 or 918 822-2807

P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah OK  74465

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Healing To Wellness Court

This program, through a system of services, serves Native American youth between the ages of 12 to 17 who are affected by alcohol or drugs. It provides judicial treatment, support and services that meed the needs of these young people as well as their families.

Whether young people participate through court mandate or voluntarily, Healing to Wellness Court is an opportunity to address the issues that have resulted in their appearance in court.

This program is designed from a Native American perspective; culture and tradition are components of the treatment process. It helps to empower participants to deal with their substance and/or alcohol issues through counseling, accountability and supervision. The program requires a commitment fromthe participants to be honest, actively participate and to cease the use of all drugs and alcohol.

The Healing to Wellness Court consists of four phases of treatment lasting from twelve to eighteen months and is equivalent to existing juvenile drug court models. It serves young people in Adair, Cherokee and Delaware Counties.

Phone 918-207-4908 or 918-207-4959

P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah OK  74465

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General Contact
human_services@cherokee.org (918)-453-5000 OR 1-800-256-0671