Broken Arrow vets hopeful for proposed veteran's center

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 19:29:40-04

Tulsa-area veterans say there are dozens of groups that do outreach for veterans, but in Broken arrow there's no physical meeting place for vets to go to talk to fellow veterans.

Local vets hope a change is on the way, with a proposed veteran's meeting center in the works. It's part of Broken Arrow's General Obligation Bond proposal, and could be up and running "within a year" after being approved.

While vets say the area goes above and beyond with veteran outreach, a place to meet and talk with each other would be a vital resource.

"You don't even need to talk, you just need to stand next to [a fellow veteran]," Ralph Pointer, Vommander of VFW Post 10887 said. "Some days you do need to talk to someone who knows, who's been there. And hopefully it will provide for them, especially the younger guys."

The GO Bond is a $210 million proposal, which the city says will come from funds that are now open after old bonds were paid off - not from taxes. The bond goes to a public vote August 28.