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Every Life Lost Is One Too Many

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Every suicide is a tragedy. Every life lost to suicide is one too many and the prevalence among our nation’s veterans is alarming. In 2019, 6,261 veterans lost their lives to suicide, including 111 Oklahomans. Many of our men and women in uniform who come back from warzones overseas face mental health struggles once they return. Now, the events in Afghanistan have caused many veterans from all era...

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

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Many Americans think of Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and an excuse to enjoy a long weekend away from work. This year, families, friends, and communities are able to gather and celebrate together after a long year of isolation. But while many are celebrating, we must not forget the true reason for Memorial Day and the families who are hurting. Memorial Day is a day of remembra...

House Passes Mullin Legislation to Ensure Timely, Accessible Care for Native American Veterans

| Posted in Press Releases

Yesterday, the House unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) to ensure timely, accessible care for Native American veterans. H.R. 6237, the Proper and Reimbursed Care (PRC) for Native Veterans Act, would require the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to reimburse the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribally-run health facilities for purchased and referred...

Every Suicide is Preventable

| Posted in Mullin' It Over Column

From 2012 to 2016, more than 3,600 Oklahomans died from suicide. In 2018, Oklahoma was ranked tenth in the country in suicide deaths with more Oklahomans dying of suicide than motor vehicle crashes. But it’s not just adults who are affected by suicide. According to a national survey from 2019, one in five adolescent school children in Oklahoma reported seriously thinking about suicide within the p...

Mullin, Inhofe, Lankford Respond to ODVA’S COVID Update

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) made the following statements today after an update from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs on their response to coronavirus, specifically regarding the impact at the Claremore Veterans Center. View the update press release here. “The outbreak of COVID-19 cases stemming from ...

During PTSD Awareness Month, Mullin Works to Reduce Stigma and Continues Fight to Expand Mental Health Treatment

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today highlighted the work he has done to reduce stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and to expand mental health treatment for those who are suffering from it. June is PTSD Awareness Month. “PTSD Awareness Month is a time when we remind ourselves to remain aware of the unique struggles veterans, current service members, and others around us ma...

Mullin Statement on Oklahoma Air National Guardsman Killed in Action

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) offered condolences today after Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, of Owasso, Oklahoma, was killed in action during a rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq on March 11, 2020. Staff Sgt. Roberts was a member of the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Christie and I offer our deepest condol...

President's Budget Builds Strong Future For Veterans Care in Eastern Oklahoma

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This afternoon, President Trump released his 2021 Presidential Budget Request, which identifies his goals and funding priorities for next year. The request includes funding to build a new hospital in Tulsa and is complemented with plans for a major investment in the Muskogee health facility to support a transformative specialty care facility. These new investments – along with ongoing commitment t...

One Hundred Years of Honoring Our Veterans

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Our country has recognized a day to celebrate veterans and their service for one hundred years. It began when fighting in World War I ended after an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. One year later, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th “Armistice Day” to honor those who died serving in the war. In ...

Honoring the Fallen and Supporting Our Veterans

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For families across the country, Memorial Day Weekend means barbeques, an extra day off work, and the beginning of summer vacation for our kids. But even with many fun activities happening, we should never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is when we set aside time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our country. It is a day of remembrance and a d...

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