Our focus and mission is helping veterans within the state of Oklahoma with their struggles and needs. The hardest thing you can ever do isn't joining the military, it's getting out and adapting to civilian life. The military trains you to go to war, but they don't train you on how to become a civilian again. Join us in giving back to those who gave so much that we may enjoy our freedom!
"There are 22 veterans that commit suicide each day."
(Department of Veterans Affairs Feb, 2013 Report)
For many veterans, seeking treatment for PTSD may be the most difficult part of getting help. Veterans may shy away from treatment for fear of being seen as "crazy" or "weak", but the main issue they are likely to face while seeking help for PTSD is that the first step the VA takes is to medicate them with some type of antidepressant or anxiety medication. After returning home, it isn't uncommon for a veteran to not want to speak to a counselor about the things they went through or the things they had to do to survive. They want to talk with someone who truly understands what they went through and the struggles they face.
This is where Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma comes in
My name is James Martin, the founder of Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma. I spent 15 years serving in the United States Army, and I am a disabled veteran. I have had 6 major surgeries from serving in the Middle East, and there are three things that have gotten me through what I have experienced and continue to go through.
1. Having God as my rock and foundation.
2. My beautiful wife and family as a support team.
3. Being able to spend time with other veterans.
We all have similarities in our stories, regardless of our branch of service. Our ties don't have to sever just because we came home. We looked out for each other overseas; we can still look out for each other in civilian life.
What we do
We help veterans with what they are going through by partnering with them through various hunting, fishing, and camping trips where we talk about what we went through, what helped us get through it, and what still helps us get through it. We also help by sharing the gospel and giving them the foundation to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ that they need so desperately!
The rate of divorce is at an all-time high for veterans returning home. When returning home from war they don't come back as the same person they were when they left, which in turn affects marriages and families. We help families by counseling them in what to expect when their loved ones return and how to help them in their transition. We also help those who have just returned home with their relationships with their families. Veterans return home and shut themselves off because they have no one to talk to about their struggles. WVO wants to help all veterans know that there is someone who has walked the same road. We can help!
We have helped veterans struggling with addictions to subscription medication(s), drugs, and alcohol to get clean. We have helped those on the verge of taking their own life who now help others struggling with what they went through. Veterans who were on the edge of divorce are now closer to their spouse than ever before. Veterans who struggled with severe PTSD and shut themselves off from their kids now have a better relationship with their children than they did before they went to war. The stories of success go on and on!
Another exciting project we offer is for those who are amputees or who are paralyzed. The VA will help veterans with only so much and their needs are far greater than what the government is currently doing. We are hoping to raise support and partner with different companies who can come in to an amputee's home and customize things like lowering their kitchen counter top so those in wheel chairs can enjoy eating with their children and may be able to reach things. We are also going to build a boat that those in wheel chairs can operate, fish and even hunt from!
I have a friend who is a double amputee and his favorite hobbies are fishing and hunting. He would come home from overseas and get in his boat and fish all day long, but now it is nearly impossible for him to do. I have spoken with others who are in the same situation and that’s what sparked this project.
We are creating a boat that veterans who have lost limbs or are paralyzed from the waist down can still operate, fish, and hunt from. We are designing latches to hold wheel chairs, a ramp for easy access in and out, a lift step so a veteran can lift himself up onto a swivel seat to fish from, a platform to hunt from, and controls so it is easy and safe to operate. We are hoping to build multiple boats so veterans across the United States can continue to enjoy some of their favorite pastimes. If this is something you feel you want to be a part of, please message us! We are looking for people who can fabricate, weld, and modify an existing boat. We need to raise approximately $19,500 dollars to pay for the entire project.
WVO is working on creating a wheel chair that veterans will be able to operate in the woods, and easily hunt from. The design will be an all-terrain wheel chair with a platform to shoot from. The design and layout of this project has been completed. If you feel that this is something you would like to be a part of financially we need to raise $8,500.
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." -Cynthia Ozick
Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma works hand in hand with Honoring America's Warriors in supporting our States veterans. Honoring America's Warriors is an amazing organization that provides a funeral detail team to give veterans who pass away a full military burial. Active duty units can only do so many funerals at a time leaving some families with only getting a partial military burial. I know personally because I was on a funeral detail team out of Fort Carson Colorado for 8 months. We did all we could but we could only be in one State at a time. They show the true meaning of dedication to their brothers in arms.
There are 375,000 registered veterans in the state of Oklahoma with an estimated 425,000 more who are not registered. Our goal is to reach as many veterans as we can and help them with their struggles and also to fellowship with them.
Founder and national speaker
James spent 15 years in the United States Army. He has served every where from the DMZ in Korea to the Middle East. He has stepped foot in 11 different Countries and has had 17 surgical procedures from injuries he sustained while serving in the United States Army. He is married to his amazing wife Anna, has three amazing boys, and one brand new beautiful daughter. After the military James and his family served in Mexico as missionaries for over a year and a half.
CJ Jacobs Jr
Cj has been in the ministry for over 30 years. He is one of the speakers of Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma and not only has a heart for our nations veterans but also the community. He also serves on the board of Tulsa Hope and has a prison ministry.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
At 12 years old Cole Dreamed about joining the Army. When she was 19 she enlisted in the United States Army. 3 years after joining she was sent to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning home she was involved in a motorcycle accident which tragically took her leg. But that didn't stop her. She has been such a blessing to so many veterans struggling across the nation! Her strength and passion has helped so many veterans who are suffering from injuries they sustained in combat.
pro Shooting team co-captain and national spokesman
Cody served honorably in the United States Air Force for ten years as Joint Terminal Attack Controller. He has been on multiple deployments and was medically discharged from the Air Force from injuries he sustained during combat operations. He is married to his beautiful wife Sam and have one amazing son named Colton. They also have one on the way! Cody has been shooting competitively for over 3 years. Cody has such an amazing passion in helping our nations veterans with all aspects of their lives.
PRO SHOOTING TEAM MEMBER
Nikki served our country as a military spouse. We never realize how hard it is to be a military spouse and they also deserve our gratitude for their service. She is the first female pro shooter on the team!
Megan served in the United States Marines as a Military Police Officer. Upon graduating boot camp she was awarded the company high shooter award, and later in her career she became a double expert. She was one of three selected out of six-hundred people to go work at the White House as Presidential Security in the unit HMX-1. She traveled the world and the United States with former President George W. Bush and was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. She has done speaking events like Wisdom 2.0 and Social Venture Network speaking on veteran issues, She has even worked with congressional members to introduce new legislation!
Outdoor team leader and founder of buck boy outfitters
Dylan is a firefighter who leads most of our hunting and fishing trips. He is the founder of Buckboy Outfitters and has partnered with Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma. He has a huge heart for veterans and loves taking them out for a trip that they will remember for the rest of their lives!
Austin and Tanner Griffin
outdoor team leaders
Austin and Tanner have done so many amazing things for our nations veterans! From taking veterans out to helping out at events. We are so grateful for all they do!
outdoor team leader
Brandon and Heather Miller
vice president and treasurer
Brandon has a heart to serve. There is nothing he wouldn't do to help those who have served our Country. Brandon is the Treasurer and one of our weapons and shooting instructors. His amazing wife Heather is also the organizations Secretary. They both are such a blessing to the organization and the glue that keeps us together. They have four amazing kids, Angel, Tommy, Andersen, and the cutest kid in the world Lincoln.
Andrew is married to his beautiful wife Jill. They have an amazing little boy name Owen. Andrew served in the United States Army as a medic. Andrew has a huge heart for giving back to our nations veterans. No matter when or what time he is always there to serve in anyway he can.
pro Shooting team captain
Garrett is a Sniper Team Leader in the United States Army and he also served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a decorated soldier and Marine. He has been on numerous deployments overseas. He is in charge of the Pro Shooting Team and loves helping veterans with all aspects of their lives!
Wil is originally from Oklahoma and has served in the ministry for over 10 years. He is also one of the founders of Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma, serves on the board, and helps coordinate events. His selfless service to the organization is amazing and he is dedicated to helping give back to our States veterans. He is married to his wife and best friend Megan. They have one of the coolest boys Liam and an amazing baby girl named Lillian.