2022 Primary Candidates OKDemVets Questionnaire Responsese

Please note: these are answers to our questionnaires, not endorsements.


Candidates for US Senator 2022


  • Dennis L. Baker

  • Jo Glenn

  • Brandon Wade

More responses will be posted as they are received from candidates.

 

Candidates for US Senator 2022

Dennis Baker

Candidate for US Senate

https://dennislbaker.com/

https://twitter.com/DennisLBaker


Please convey my thanks to you and all ODPVC members for your service and the work you do on behalf of veterans.


1. Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?


I am not a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. I have a law enforcement career, serving as a Tulsa Police Officer and as an FBI Special Agent.


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


Yes, I have many connections with veterans due to my law enforcement career. Many of my associates in law enforcement are veterans. I’ve trained with my military counterparts on military bases and visited military bases on investigative matters or in connection with the military careers of my children. Those bases include MCB Quantico, Ft. Bragg, the Pentagon, Luke AFB, Camp Butner, Kirtland AFB, MCB Camp Pendleton, MCB Camp Lejeune, MCRD Beaufort, MCRD Parris Island, and the U.S. Naval Academy. I have two daughters and a son who served in the U.S. Marine Corp. My son is a graduate of th U.S. Naval Academy, one daughter completed Basic Training at MCRD Parris Island, and my second daughter completed Officer Candidate School at MCB Quantico. My grandfather, Sgt. George Baker, served in the U.S. Army during WW1 (90th Division, 358th Infantry) and was killed in action at the battle of Saint-Mihiel in France on September 12, 1918.


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


Veteran suicides are an ongoing national tragedy that must be addressed. Veterans need help accessing health services to include mental health services. They need help navigating a complex bureaucracy that almost seems to discourage veterans seeking the help they need. In addition, when a service member is deployed, military families need help taking care of their families from groceries to day-care. Finally, military families and veterans need help after leaving active duty with finding good jobs.


4. In what way can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office?


I will address the alarming suicide rate among veterans by expanding and improving veteran access to mental health services. I will expand and improve health care benefits and work to reduce the bureaucracy that discourages veterans from pursuing what they are owed. I’ll work to provide needed support for military families when a member of that family is deployed and make sure veterans get the help they need when they leave the military and start another career.


Jo Glenn
Candidate for US Senator for Oklahoma 

joglennforsenate.com

1. Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?


I am not a veteran. 


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


My brother was in the Army in the 1970s and was deployed to Germany during the Vietnam war. 


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


I believe the most important issue veterans face is access to medical care after their service. The VA hospitals are often overworked and take months to get an appointment. Our veterans deserve a speedy response to their medical concerns as quickly as they answered the call for our country. 


4. In what way can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office?


 I believe we need to increase the opportunities for veterans to succeed after their service by expanding local programs that transition vets into everyday life such as Coffee Bunker. This includes finding jobs where they can translate the skills they acquired in the military. We need to prioritize the access veterans have to healthcare for service-related injuries, specifically mental illnesses. VA overloads can lead to ever-changing providers and mental health professionals, barring veterans from building a relationship with their providers and giving them continuity of care. Care options need to include in-home, telehealth, and in-person visits to accommodate all levels of accessibility. We must better serve those who served us.



Brandon Wade
Candidate for U.S. Senate 2022


brandonwadeussenate22.com


1. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, what were your branches, rank, years of service? Mention any details of your service which you might want voters to know. 


No. 


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


Yes, my father served in Vietnam. I have had other family members and friends in the service as well. 


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


1. Unemployment. This is a big problem that stems from both the struggles of finding jobs and being able to hold down a job.

2. Homelessness. This is another sad, but turn problem in this country for our veterans. We must address this situation immediately.

3. Physical and mental health. Far to many vets struggle with physical health issues or mental health problems, some struggle with both. These problems both can lead to substance abuse that can cause addiction to pain medication. This far to often leads to other substance addictions. We most do more to provide better care for both active duty and returning vets.


4. In what ways can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office? This may of course include policies not specifically directed to those communities. If you are an incumbent, include relevant measures you have supported in the past

If elected I will fight for the rights of our military personnel and their families. I will work to find solutions to this issues I have mentioned in this survey. I absolutely feel that our proud and brave men and women that serve this great country should never need for anything. I will always be willing to hear from any of our services members, present or past, and their families. 

 

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