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Military Liaison, Federal and State links as well as (SCRA) and other military article links

Although members of the military and military veterans are a small portion of the child support caseload, their cases often pose unique challenges and require specialized attention.  Some of those challenges include multiple deployments, a high divorce rate, reduction in pay when transitioning to civilian life, high arrears, interstate involvement, mental health issues and homelessness.  To better serve this population, the Western Regional Administrator has been appointed as the Military and Veterans Liaison for the Division.  Since she is often contacted by VA case managers and others to assist in troubleshooting a veteran’s child support issues, you may be contacted by her to ask for assistance in helping a veteran.

CSS also participates in Homeless Veteran Stand Down events usually held each September in Oklahoma City (https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/events.asp). At this event many public and private entities (DHS, CSS, Salvation Army, VA, SSA, OESC, doctors, dentists, barbers, tribes and others) come together to help homeless and other veterans.  After these events you may be asked to follow up and assist a veteran with a case in your office.

At the federal level OCSE has set up a Veteran and Military Liaison Network to bring together staff from the state and local child support community to explore ways we can better serve these individuals. The following is a link to military and veterans resources on the OCSE website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/css/child-support-professionals/working-with/military-veterans

There are also several state resources for veterans.  These include the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, https://odva.ok.gov/, and the Veterans Division of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Veterans/index.html

Below are links to pertinent Quest articles about helping military families and the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

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