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Veterans Conference hosted at WinStar Convention Center

THACKERVILLE, Okla. - Chickasaw veterans, National Guardsmen, reserves and active duty service members gathered in Thackerville in June to enjoy the Fifth Annual Veterans Conference.

The conference, hosted by the Chickasaw Nation Veterans Services program, drew more than 340 veterans and their loved ones. Attendees enjoyed a day of presentations, a discussion panel, a stomp dance demonstration and fellowship.

Keynote presentations were given by Rebecca Owens and Maj. Clay Fees. Ms. Owens spoke about her military service and how she used this knowledge to benefit others. Maj. Fees shared information about his work with military families, emphasizing why it is important to remember those left at home.

A panel of veterans from diverse backgrounds spoke of their military service and how it influenced their continuing need to serve. Each panelist offered a unique perspective and insight that highlighted the meaning of “continued service.”

Chickasaw citizen and U.S. Army veteran Ronnie Greenwood said, “It’s wonderful. You don’t realize how many people have experienced and felt the same things you have. I have truly enjoyed seeing friends I haven’t seen in years and I am already making plans to come back next year.”

As the conference ended, many attendees gathered in the foyer to make plans to return for next year’s conference.

Video of speakers, panels and special presentations from the Fifth Annual Veterans Conference are available now at

For more information about resources for veterans, contact Veterans Services at (580) 272-2550, or visit