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OKLAHOMA VETERANS PROJECT
One of the objectives of the Oklahoma Veterans Project is to restore the feeling of community for transitioning service members and veterans. In support of this objective, we have many events throughout the year. Some of these events are fundraisers but other events are simply held to build relationships within the community and simply spend time together. Please like our Facebook page and check out our website to see what's going on.
Warrior Workshop: Coming this September
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Zack Giffin and Operation Tiny Home to bring their workshop to Tulsa. For those wishing to participate in the learning workshop, advanced registration will be required. A link to the registration site will be available in the coming weeks. Others wishing to participate and help us build more tiny homes will also be welcome. This will begin our tiny house community that serves veterans and transitioning servicemembers that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The workshop is primarily for veterans but others with interests in helping veterans are welcome.
Emcee: Clay Loney, Fox 23 Tulsa
Speaker: Msgt William "Spanky" Gibson (USMC Ret.)
Master Sergeant William “Spanky” Gibson entered the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1989. He deployed numerous times, including as a member of the Marine Corps. Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in Operation Desert Storm.
In 2006 MSgt. Gibson deployed to Iraq. In May of that year GySgt. Gibson was leading a 4-man team in Ramadi, Iraq while searching for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. An Iraqi soldier embedded with the team was wounded in the opening rounds of a firefight. MSgt. Gibson ran to his rescue when a 30-caliber round ripped through his left knee cap, destroying the socket and severing his femoral artery. MSgt. Gibson’s injuries were tended to by a Navy Seal Corpsman that is credited with saving his life while he laid down suppressing fire.
Ultimately, MSgt. Gibson would lose his left leg above the knee and return to the United States where he underwent many months of rehabilitation. Undeterred by his injuries, MSgt. Gibson dedicated himself to healing and returning to the battlefield. In January 2008 MSgt. Gibson deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. He was the first above the knee amputee to return to combat since the Civil War.
Black Tie/Service Uniform Affair!
The Oklahoma Veteran's Project is hosting the 2017 OVP military & Veterans ball. All current military personnel and veterans are invited. Join us for a night of food, drinks, and camaraderie. All of those currently serving & those that have served are invited. Must be 21 or older to drink. Tickets are $55, all except alcohol are included. Click on the photo to the left to purchase tickets.
Clay Loney has lived in the Tulsa area since late 2004, when he was hired as the Senior Anchor at FOX23 News. Since then, he’s won numerous awards for his live news coverage, editorials and investigative work—including several Emmy Awards and the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award.
Clay was worked in multiple news markets—from Texas to Florida to Washington, D.C—specializing in military and political coverage. His experience ranges from producing a documentary aboard an aircraft carrier to serving as Capitol Bureau Chief for CBS Florida to a “tour of duty” outside broadcasting with defense contractor, Northrop Grumman.Clay is a Member of the Board for Cox Charities, an organization that awards tens of thousands of dollars every year to Tulsa-area schools and charities. Clay and his wife, Grettel, have four kids— two boys and two girls. And, Clay insists… his beloved Indian Roadmaster is also a key member of the family. Honk when you see him rumbling down Route 66!