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City of Tulsa, Community Service Council Recognize Veteran Employer Champions

This article was archived on 11/30/2023

Deputy Mayor Cassia Carr, Community Service Council (CSC), and CSC’s Oklahoma Veteran Alliance recognized 27 companies today for becoming Veteran Employer Champions.

The Veteran Employer Champions program was created after a statewide survey was launched at the Governor’s Veteran Symposium in October 2017 with the goal of building an employer network to create programming and peer-to-peer learning for organizations interested in recruiting, hiring, and developing veterans in the workplace.

This is the sixth year for the Veteran Employer Champion recognition. The survey encourages employers to continually take intentional steps to ensure they are creating a veteran-ready workplace and welcoming culture for Veterans to be recognized as a champion.

“I am proud and honored to recognize this group of employers who continue to show their commitment to veterans in Tulsa,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “These employers provide life-changing career opportunities for Tulsa’s veterans and I’m excited to see the list of Veteran Employer Champions grow again this year.”

CSC and the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Employment Committee developed a scoring rubric and survey process to carefully identify Veteran Employer Champions in Oklahoma and the Tulsa region. The Veteran Employer Network has experienced steady membership growth in 2023 with 219 members representing 112 organizations.

“It is an honor to recognize our 2023 Veteran Employer Champions for the outstanding work they have done in creating veteran-ready organizations in support of Oklahoma’s Veterans and their families,” said Rachel Runfola, Community Service Council’s Interim CEO. “OKVA is privileged to work with our partners in building relationships with employers to educate them on the value of creating veteran-ready cultures for veterans, military members, and their families building community, supports, and military pride across the state.”
"I'm proud of the City of Tulsa and its employers for all the work being done to help our veterans,” said Cassia Carr, City of Tulsa Deputy Mayor. “These companies are making a lasting impact not only for veterans and their careers but on our entire community.”

To become recognized as a Veteran Employer Champion, companies must meet seven benchmarks, including: veteran hiring and recruiting; veteran resource groups, onboarding, or buddy programs; veteran programs and community support; veteran employee resources and/or supports; veteran executive sponsor leading veteran strategies; guard and reserve employee supports; and intentionally provide opportunity for their employees to show their military pride.

The 27 companies recognized today include:
• Arvest Bank
• Baker Hughes
• Barracuda Staffing and Consulting
• BOK Financial
• Center for Employment Opportunities
• Community Service Council
• Cox Communications
• EAGLE Ops Foundation
• Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc.
• Harrison Energy Partners
• Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
• Lumen Technology
• Matrix Service Company
• Melton Truck Lines
• Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
• Oklahoma State University
• ONEGas
• ONEOK, Inc.
• Public Service Company of Oklahoma
• Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
• Tactical Electronics and Military Supply LLC
• The Coffee Bunker
• The Persimmon Group
• TTCU Federal Credit Union
• Williams Companies, Inc.

Partners of the Veteran Employer Champions are the City of Tulsa, Community Service Council, DR Consulting and Oklahoma Veteran Alliance.

If a company wants to join the Veteran Employer Champion Network, please contact Mark Morgan, Community Executive Liaison, Community Service Council at

Please see the attached photo for a group photo of this year’s companies.

City of Tulsa Resource Center:
Community Service Council Veterans Resource: