Name: Robin Fuxa
Office sought: OK Senate District 21

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 not served in the armed forces, but I am incredibly proud of my family members and friends who have served. 

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

My dad, Tommy C. Moore, is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. His tour was April of 1967 to April of 1968. His highest rank was Staff Sergeant, and he was 1st Air Cavalry, 1st of 30th Artillery. Years of service were 1966-1969.

My paternal grandfather, Russell C. Moore, served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

My maternal grandfather, Joseph Anson, Sr., was in the Army during WWII prior to being medically discharged, and my uncles Joseph Anson, Jr. (Air Force) and Chris Anson (Army) served during the Vietnam era. Chris served a tour in Vietnam. More recently, I have two first cousins who are Gulf War veterans.

I am deeply grateful to each of them, and to all veterans, for their service.

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

In talking with quite a few veterans as I considered challenges, I am finding that transportation comes up repeatedly, particularly for our aging veterans who may be less inclined to drive in the metro areas where they need to travel for a number of services not offered in VA clinics closer to home.

A number of veterans have shared with me that the point of transition from military to civilian life can be very difficult, so I’m eager to provide stronger support through this very challenging time that may include a wide array of needs.

Too often our veterans’ education, training, and workforce experience that so closely aligns with a numb er of civilian workforce needs doesn’t “count” when it comes to seeking employment or further educational opportunities. We need to address this.

While we have made some progress in access to post-secondary education for our veterans, there is still more work to be done here as well.

Last but not least, while OK has a number of key services that complement federal services, it can be difficult to determine benefits and the best point of access.  

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’ll work to expand transportation services for veterans in our rural communities. While some ride share services exist, they need to be more visible, accessible, and convenient for both parties since in many cases the party providing the transportation is a fellow veteran.

I’m excited about setting up a mentoring network of fellow veterans to support the transition from military life to civilian life and beyond. Our veterans need a mentor they can trust to act as a sounding board and offer support; from employment opportunities to accessing benefits, from mental health needs to educational opportunities, I’m confident that our state with such a high number of veterans would have many who are eager to step up to support one another with an appropriate structure put into place to connect people.

I’m eager to seek equivalencies for education and workforce experience for military veterans who have extensive and often highly specialized training that we can honor in order to reduce costs for veterans and decrease delays in re-entering the workforce, whether a service member is just leaving military service or is considering a career change later on.
While the improved access to higher education that was put into place in 2022 through the Educational Assistance Program for the Oklahoma National Guard was an essential step, we need to consider ways that Oklahoma could expand such benefits to veterans across our armed forces.

I’m grateful that Oklahoma already offers many services for veterans; I’ll work to continue to improve visibility and streamline access to benefits so our veterans are aware of and utilize these services they’ve earned.

Respect for our veterans has always been incredibly important to me. If elected, I would be thrilled to be able to utilize the office to create opportunities to raise awareness of and foster respect for our veterans’ many contributions to our local communities, to our state, and to our nation. 

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