May 9, 2019
University of Central Oklahoma George Nigh Center
Cocktails | Dinner | Black Tie Optional
Cocktails and silent auction at 6:00 pm
Dinner and awards at 7:00 pm
Nominations for the Force 50 Inaugural Veteran Service Awards are now open. Know of a Veteran supported Business, community, not for profit? Consider nominating them today.
Submission of nominations should be mailed to:
PO Box 1585, Norman, OK 73070
EDMOND, OK- Winners of the Force 50 Foundation’s Inaugural Veterans Service Awards were announced at a banquet held at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Center. For the award selection process, we analyzed the level of community involvement, Veteran friendliness in hiring and volunteer practices and the level of Veteran resources. For the corporate awards, we looked at formal Veteran recruitment, Veteran employee groups, and community service projects that impact Veterans. Here’s a complete list of winners:
Small Corporate Business Award (<100 employees)- Patriot Ford (Purcell)
Large Corporate Business Award (>100 employees)- Chesapeake Energy
Small Not for Profit (<$1 million in revenue)- Veterans Corner
Large Not for Profit (>$1 million in revenue)- Folds of Honor
State Agency- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Small Veteran-Friendly Community (<50,000 residents)- Ardmore
Large Veteran-Friendly Community (>50,000 residents)- Tulsa
Small College (<360 Veterans enrolled)- East Central University
Large College (>360 Veterans enrolled)- University of Central Oklahoma
Health Care Service and Support- The Oklahoma Primary Care Association
The George Nigh Lifetime Achievement Award- General Tommy Franks
Oklahoma Medal of Freedom- Governor George Nigh
The Force 50 Foundation also recognized many outstanding individuals who have contributed a great deal to veterans and veteran services through a Distinguished Service Award. Those individuals are as follows:
Senators AJ Griffin and Frank Simpson
Representatives Chris Kannady, Claudia Griffith (R.I.P.), Josh West and George Young
Not for profits, Education Institutions and Corporations:
Bobby Bramlett, Bramlett Agency
Karen Vahlberg, LifeSpring OK
Mark Kinders, UCO
“Once again, Oklahoma is being proactive and taking the lead in an effort to provide a better health care model for veterans everywhere,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “The Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program is working on creating a service model that delivers easier access, better health care services, and is more cost effective and efficient. If successful, this will become a national model available to all states. Oklahoma has more than 340,000 veterans living in the state. It’s important for us to take care of our veterans who served with honor.”
Governor Mary Fallin and former Governor George Nigh, as well as many other legislators and dignitaries, were on hand for the Force 50 Foundation Inaugural Service Awards on May 10th honoring those who have distinguished themselves in the service of Oklahoma’s Veterans. Below are a few photos from the event.
In the first photo are First Gentleman Wade Christiansen, Governor Mary Fallin, former Governor George Nigh, and Force 50 Foundation’s Pete Reed.
In the second photo Governor Fallin and Major General (Ret.) Rita Aragon present Governor Nigh with the Oklahoma Medal of Freedom.
The Force 50 Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Veterans, homebound and terminally ill Individuals and their families by directing donated funds to provide basic needs, care, special wishes, recognition for our Veterans and community education.