Okla. Senate to hold studies on veterans' issues

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate's Veterans Committee plans to conduct three legislative studies this fall on issues affecting Oklahoma's veterans.

One study will look at the possibility of expanding eligibility for entry into the state's seven veterans' centers to include all veterans, not just select groups. Currently, only veterans who have served during specified periods are eligible for admission to the centers, leaving an entire generation of veterans with no access to the centers.

The second study will evaluate the qualifications, structure and duties of the War Veterans Commission, the governing body of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

The final study will look at direct care staffing at the veterans centers. Currently, employment turnover at the centers is nearly 70 percent, costing taxpayers about $4 million a year in lost productivity.

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