We The People…Sign The Petition

It’s obvious the lawmakers in this great state have forgotten about our Veterans, so it’s time that we the people, remind them and also remind them who THEY work for.

A petition has been started to get this ball rolling again, but we need your help.  Social Media can play a huge part in this, so I am asking everyone to please sign this petition and spread the word…share it on Facebook, Tweet It, Email It – whatever needs to be done, please do so.

To view and sign the petition, click here.  To like our Facebook page, click here.

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Welcome to Oklahoma For Vets

The purpose of this webpage, is simple: to spread the word about an idea I had several years ago about Veterans NOT getting Veterans Day off WITH PAY, and how we owe our Vets at least one day where they can take off.  Maybe they can attend a parade, or go to a school and talk, or just sit at home.  Whatever they decide, they have earned it.

This website was all started because of a story I wrote in 2002.  It gained media attention and the idea eventually became a House Bill…but it lost momentum.  It’s time we get the wheels going again.  Please, take a look at this website; share it with others; contact your local state officials and tell them about this site..it’s time our political officials heard our voice!

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It’s about our freedom; It’s about our people; It’s about time!

My name is Kenny Bowyer, and I used to be a writer for the Pryor Daily Times in Pryor, Oklahoma.  On Veterans Day of 2002, I wrote a story about Veterans getting Veterans Day off with pay.   The story went through the roof.  Everyone was very supportive, so it gave me an idea .  Why can’t this dream, be a reality?  So, I began the long, pain staking chore of  emailing every one of our state senators in Oklahoma City.   Out of 77 emails that were sent, ONLY ONE responded…Senator Sam Helton of  District 31.   Mr. Helton was a big help for me, because he sent me the addresses of Senators Jim Inhofe and Don Nickles.

In the mean time, I had been in correspondence with Cindy Morrison, a former anchor at KTUL-Channel 8 in Tulsa.  Mrs. Morrison helped more than I imagined.  I had emailed my story to four of the local news channels in Tulsa, as well as The Tulsa World.  KJRH Channel 2 said there was “nothing they could do”, while KOTV Channel 6, KOKI Channel 23  and The Tulsa World never did respond to my emails.  Mrs. Morrison sent me numerous emails, ranging from starting a petition, to an extensive search on the net.

Out of the two senators, only one got back with me.  Senator Nickles’ assistant called me, and said that the story “touched” Mr. Nickles, and that he was going to sponsor a bill in February to make this idea come true.   Finally, Veterans would be getting what they have long deserved, RECOGNITION.

However, February come and went…and nothing had been done about Veterans having THEIR day off.  I emailed Senator Nickles’ office numerous times, and nobody has ever replied back to me.  Veterans need this bill to be sponsored.  They deserve it.  Help me spread the word.  Tell your friends and family about this site.

Now, years have gone by.  The most that has happened was that (then) Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry’s office wrote me a letter, telling me how much the governer liked the idea I was proposing.  With the help of Rep. Ben Sherrer, the measure began to gain some steam, and eventually became a House Bill (HB1466 – The Vicki Bowyer Veterans Appreciation Act)

However, the momentum soon faded, and now more years have passed.  A new group of goverment officials are in office…but I think the time is right to begin to poke this fire a little more, and to see what kind of wildfire we can cause with this.

It’s about our freedom; It’s about our people; It’s about time!

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