Name: Elizabeth Foreman
Office sought: OK Senate District 15

1. Have you ever served in the US Armed Forces? If so, what were your branch, rank and years of service? Mention any details you might want voters to know.

No, I have not.

2. Do you have connections with veterans or active duty service members, including but not limited to family ties?

My father, grandfathers on both sides, and all the men in my lineage going back are all wartime Veterans.

I have a myriad of friends who have served or are still on active duty. My best friend (veteran herself) is a Gold Star Widow (2012). I was with her when she was notified and traveled with her to Ft. Sill while she was going through the process.

3. What do you consider the most important issues facing veterans and military families?

Speaking with the veterans and military families in my life, there are two main issues that they tell me they face while active duty and when they return to civilian life.

The biggest issue they have faced is transitioning back to civilian life. They do not have any educational programs that help them reacclimate to civilian life. Job training, educational programs, guiding them to post-service life would be paramount.

Another issue would be more federal, but a lot of veterans who return to civilian life don’t have the proper education on how to access their benefits. As a Councilmember in Norman, we have operated an overnight warming shelter for four years and have connected over 100 unhoused veterans to resources to help them get housing, when they did not know this was an option for them.

4. In what ways can you be helpful to Veterans and military families if elected to office? These may of course include policies not specifically directed to those communities. If you are an incumbent, include initiatives you have already undertaken.

It is great that the state offers priority to state jobs for veterans, however, most veterans might no know what they would be qualified for. Depending on their branch, creating job correlation tables to let the soldier know that if they did X job in the military, those skills cross-reference with these type of jobs in civilian life. Creating some sort of personnel within the state who understands military life and jobs who can educate and guide the veteran towards applying for applicable jobs would be wonderful.

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