Name: Kerri Keck kerrikeck.com
Office sought: State House District 26 (Shawnee and parts of Pottawatomie County)

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.


I have 23 years of active duty service in the Army. I enlisted in the 1997 and served four years at Fort Carson, CO with the 3/3rd Armored Calvary Regiment as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. In 2001, I returned to Oklahoma to pursue a college degree and joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard where I served the remainder of my 23 years of active duty.


In 2007, I attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Military
Intelligence Officer. In 2016, I completed a branch transfer to the Engineer Officer Corps. I retired in 2021 in the rank of Major.


I deployed to Tuzla, Bosnia in 2000 on a NATO mission to prevent ethnic conflict
between Serbs and Bosniaks. Our job was to provide security assistance for NATO and help ensure aid could be distributed.


In 2003, I deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of the 45th Infantry Brigade’s mission to train and resource the Afghan National Army.


In 2011, I deployed to Afghanistan for a second time. This time I was assigned to
mentor an intelligence officer in the Afghan Army and was later re-assigned to be the Intelligence Officer for the 45th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. My unit’s area of operations was in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. We were responsible for route security in that area. The engineer company provided tremendous support and worked tirelessly to clear roads in our area of improvised explosive devices. During train-up for this mission, I helped train the Brigade’s Female Engagement Teams. These teams provided a crucial means of interacting with Afghan females to enhance security operations in our area.

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


My husband has 21 years of active duty service in the Army. My grandfather served in the Army in World War II in Okinawa. My father served in the Army in Vietnam, and my brother served in the Marine Corps stationed in 29 Palms, CA.

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


Mental health care treatment and resources remain underfunded with limited availability for service members. The stigma associated with acknowledging struggle and obtaining treatment is often a barrier to treatment. I believe we need additional resources to help service members and their families receive mental health and drug treatment counseling and prevention services.


More resources should be accessible to women to address their unique needs.
Reproductive services should be provided with no stipulations. A woman’s healthcare and reproductive decisions are her own and should be made with the input and support of a licensed and trained medical professional.


I would like funding be made available to ensure former service members who were honorably discharged understand the benefits they may have earned. Many veterans don’t understand the resources available for themselves and their families to help with housing, education, healthcare, and employment. I would also like to prohibit organizations from profiting off of assisting veterans in obtaining their benefits.


Organizations like Dale Graham center make money off of assisting veterans through the VA claim process, even though veteran service organizations offer that assistance at no cost. This reduces the amount of money available for the service member and their family and enriches an organization that doesn’t have the best interests of the veteran in mind.

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.

I will work with mental health organizations to improve access to and availability of resources for veterans in rural areas, and reducing the stigma associated with obtaining help. I will work to ensure savings from State Question 780 are utilized for mental health and drug treatment and prevention services across the state to include expanding access to drug court and veterans court.


I will work to require dental care and treatment for National Guard members is included with existing healthcare plans at a cost people can afford. Dental care is important in overall health.


I will work to change existing laws to allow for abortion access to be made based on the opinion of medical professionals. I will work to enshrine access to reproductive healthcare including contraceptives into law.

I will fight to protect election integrity, availability of initiative petitions, ranked choice voting, open primaries, and elimination of straight party voting, all measures that safeguard the right to vote for everyone and ensure we have a representative democracy.

Learn more at kerrikeck.com.