The chairman of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee said Tuesday that he would like to see the Oklahoma War Veterans Commission reorganized to broaden its membership.
Currently a person must be a member of one of three veterans groups — the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars or Disabled Veterans — to serve on the War Veterans Commission.
“Unfortunately, those groups make up less than 15 percent of the veterans population within the state of Oklahoma,” state Sen. Frank Simpson, chairman of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, said in a prepared statement. “I think reorganization of the commission so that more veterans feel included in the process will be a step in the right direction.”
Simpson said allowing Gov. Mary Fallin to appoint commission members from outside the three veterans groups “would allow her to look at some professional expertise that might lend itself well to better management of the commission — for example, someone with some financial management background or a physician who specializes in geriatric care.”
Simpson, R-Ardmore, made the comments at the conclusion of his committee's interim study of the state Veterans Affairs Department.