Senator Simpson honored by the National Guard with the Oklahoma Thunderbird Medal
Special at Armoreite
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senator Frank Simpson was recently honored in the Senate for his tireless support and legislative contributions to the Oklahoma National Guard during his tenure in the Senate. Republican Springer was awarded the Oklahoma Thunderbird Medal for “outstanding service, achievement, or contributions made in support of Oklahoma National Guard missions” by Oklahoma Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino and Oklahoma Air National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Master Sgt. Scott Irwin. The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Guard on a civilian, and Simpson is the first senator to receive it.
“It was a total surprise,” Simpson said on the floor. “I’m not usually at a loss for words, but I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the 12 years I’ve served each of you here. The nice thing about veterans legislation is that it’s bipartisan and everyone wants to help our veterans, which makes it easier to pass veterans’ bills. I want to thank you all for the support you have shown my fellow veterans, our National Guard, and our men and women in the military here in Oklahoma. It’s a huge, huge honor. »
During his nearly twelve years in the Senate, the Navy veteran and chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee drafted numerous bills to help support Oklahoma’s active military, including including the Oklahoma National Guard, veterans and their families. Its legislation provided sales tax exemption for spouses and widows of 100% disabled veterans, state benefits for peacetime veterans, and non-institutional community care for aging and/or disabled veterans. terminal stage who cannot live on their own. His efforts have helped improve Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) services by strengthening agency oversight and training and educating Veterans Center staff. His work has also led to the creation of peer-supported Veterans Welcome Centers across the state, another state veterans cemetery, veterans designations, and veterans 100% disabled veterans on driver’s licenses, and a grant to ensure indigent veterans receive a proper burial. Obtaining a higher education is also more affordable for veterans and the military thanks to its bills.
“Senator Simpson represents the best of public service in both the Oklahoma State Senate and the United States Navy,” Mancino said. “It has been a privilege to know and work with him over the past 12 years.”