Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: October 12, 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense honored Sen. Frank Simpson for his
legislation to help Oklahoma veterans and their families.
Senator Simpson recognized by Department
The Department of Defense recently recognized state Sen. Frank
Simpson for his work on two bills this past session supporting
Oklahoma veterans. Simpson said he was honored by the recognition
and proud to support his fellow veterans.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our work on behalf of
active military members and our veterans. I could not have done
it without the help of my assistant Glenda Colbert. She and I have
worked hard over the past five years to help meet the needs of our
veterans and military families,” said Simpson, R-Springer.
Simpson was the principal author of Senate 195, which goes into
effect November 1, 2015, providing statutory provisions and guidelines
for employers to voluntarily establish veteran preferential hiring
programs. The Equal Employment Commission allows states to establish
veteran preference programs providing the state has established
He also served as the Senate author of House Bill 1331 enabling
school districts to identify children of military parents. During
a parent’s deployment, children often experience lowered performance
and depression. The new law, which is currently in effect, will
enable schools to identify those children and work to better meet
their special needs.
“As a retired Navy man, I know firsthand the challenges families
face during the deployment of a parent,” said Simpson. “Children
often suffer silently and as a result their performance in school
suffers. Hopefully we can now identify those children and provide
the assistance and support they need.”
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