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  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to End Veterans Gun Ban, Restore Accountability at VA
    Posted in Jim's Blog on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, voted to protect Second Amendment rights for veterans and restore accountability at the Veterans Administration. H.R. 1181 would end the Obama Administration’s Veterans Gun Ban by restoring constitutional due process protections for veterans. VA has reported hundreds of thousands of veterans to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) simply because they have a fiduciary to handle their benefits ear... Read more

  • Bridenstine tells Army to stop charging troops for meals they aren't eating
    Posted in Jim's Blog on February 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Veterans

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  • Tulsa City Council honors veterans for serving their country
    Posted in In The News on November 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Not every member of the armed forces who served overseas received a warm reception when they came home. The Tulsa City Council wanted to make sure that local veterans got the recognition they deserve. Mayor Dewey Bartlett, City Council members and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine joined about 30 veterans, many of whom served during World War II and the Korean War, for a gathering Tuesday at American Legion Post No. 1. Each veteran received a certificate of a proclamation in honor of their service. Bri... Read more

  • VJ Day 70th anniversary celebrated in Veterans Park
    Posted in In The News on August 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    There were patriotic salutes on the ground and in the air to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day that ended World War II at Veterans Park Saturday. A crowd estimated at 250 listened to the history and a recording of then President Harry S. Truman’s announcement that ended the conflict with Japan. The 90-minute program featured music, stories and salutes to this nation’s “Greatest Generation.” “The real honored guests are the ones who served and serve today,” said City of Broken Arrow Vice M... Read more

  • Rep. Bridenstine Awards Jeremy Nikel with Veteran in the Spotlight Award
    Posted in Jim's Blog on May 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine is proud to award the May Veteran in the Spotlight, a congressional community service award, to Jeremy Nikel, MSW, LCSW. Mr. Nikel is a Tulsa native and graduate of OU who earned his Navy wings of gold in 1996 and would later fly combat and rescue missions in the SH-60B Seahawk during the Kosovo War and be awarded the Air Medal. After serving honorably for 10 years, then LCDR Nikel purposed to raise his family and later pursue graduate education at OU-Tulsa where he earned h... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Recognizes Medal of Honor Recipient Spc. 4 Donald Sloat from Coweta
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, and in Oklahoma over the past few days have recognized Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat from Coweta, Oklahoma. Spc. 4 Sloat was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic act that saved the lives of his companions during the Vietnam War. The U.S. Army reports his gallantry: Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner with 3rd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infant... Read more

  • Inhofe, Bridenstine, Mullin praise Tulsa VA Clinic Provision in VA Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Senate and House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee Chairmen, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller, announced a breakthrough on comprehensive VA reform legislation. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) praised the inclusion of a provision that will allow the Tulsa Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to pursue a new facility to better serve local veteransÍ growing health care needs. Should the legislation pas... Read more

  • Veterans Job Fair to Help Match Military Job Seekers with Employers
    Posted in Jim's Blog on July 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Media Advisory from the Oklahoma Army National Guard: Veterans Job Fair to help match military job seekers with employers OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Oklahoma National Guard Office of Public Affairs cordially invites all media to attend the Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event this Thursday, July 10, at the Broken Arrow Armed Forces Reserve Center located at 26401 East 101st Street, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The hiring event begins at 10:30 a.m. and media are asked to arrive no later than 10 a.m. Mil... Read more

  • Tulsa CBOC Letter
    Posted in Jim's Blog on June 19, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    In December, the House passed HR 3521 _ the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act. This bill is critical for veterans in the First District. HR 3521 authorizes funding for 27 major VA facilities, including the proposed 140,000 square foot Tulsa Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Authorization for the Tulsa CBOC was initially included in S. 2450, but removed at the last minute. This letter was sent on June 16th, 2014 to Congressman Jeff Miller, ... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Veterans Access to Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4810 - The Veterans Access to Care Act, a bill that I co-sponsored in response to the Veterans Administration scandal. An interval VA review released yesterday provided further revelation of shocking incompetence at Obama's VA: 57,000 vets waiting 90 days or more for their first VA appointments 64,000 never getting appointments after requesting them 13 percent of VA scheduling staff altering appointment dates at supervisors' request 8 percent using "off-t... Read more