The Veterans Initiative began by the Community Service Council of Tulsa
during the Fall 2009. Bob Ireton (Brigadier General ret., Air Force) and Lanny Endicott (Director Social Work Program,
ORU) serve as co-chairs; Colleen Ayres-Griffin and Carla Tanner serve as staff. The Initiative has the charge
of addressing the reintegration needs of veterans and their families in their return to the community and specifically examine
the issues of PTSD and TBI (the signature injury of the Iraq and Afgahistan wars) and services to address these needs.
Beginning initiatives include: 1) assisting with the planning and organization of the non-profit Serving
our Servicemembers (SOS) and its founding of the Coffee Bunker, a drop-in center for service men and women
currently housed at Southern Hills Baptist Church; and 2) hosting the conference: The Silent Wounds of War: Addressing
the Needs of Our Returning Vets (featuring NPR war correspondent: Daniel Zwerdling) held October 28 and 29, 2010, at
the Doubletree Hotel Downtown Tulsa.
Please read below documents detailing Initiative goals and action plans, assisting the Governor's task force,
and inter-agency coordination of veterans' services in the Tulsa area.
Link to MUSC online Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) training program including topics: Patterns of Problematic Thinking,
Challenging Beliefs, Stuck Point Log, Identifying Emotions, PTSD Checklist(PCL-S), etc.
Helping Our Service Members Return Home:Workshop Presented at North American Association of Christians in Social Work: Pittsburgh
(Oct 21, 2011).pdf
Community Service Council Veterans' Initiative Goals and Action Steps
Oklahoma Governor's Task Force on Veteran Services
Inter-agency Coordination Task Force on serving veterans
Insightful Policy Brief: America's Duty: The Imperative of a New Approach to Warrior and Veteran Care (Nancy Berglass)
NASW-OK State Conference Presentation: Making Our Communities Veteran Friendly (Mar 28, 2011) (allow .swf video to open before
NASW-OK State Conference Presentation: Making Our Communities Veteran Friendly (Mar 28, 2011) (pdf allow time to load)