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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Lisa Mussett with Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Helps Women Find Resources and Benefits
During the Women in Agriculture Conference, Cheyenne Leach, Radio Oklahoma Network Intern, had the chance to visit with Lisa Mussett, the Coordinator for the ODVA (Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs) Women Veterans Program. A veteran herself, Mussett spoke on behalf of the program and the benefits it provides for female veterans in ensuring they have equitable access to federal and state veterans’ benefits and services.

Veterans, Mussett said, have access to the federal Veterans Affairs system, healthcare, service, connected compensation and more. The Women Veterans Program, Mussett added, assists women in obtaining those benefits and resources.

“I guess you could say that is where my passion lies, is connecting those resources,” Mussett said.

Being introduced to many opportunities in the agricultural world, Mussett said she developed an interest in finding what resources and benefits may be available to veterans in agriculture. Mussett said she found that there are many opportunities for veterans in agriculture.

“There are different programs and access points for us, so I just want to make sure that everyone can reach- to know that those opportunities and resources are within their grasp,” Mussett said.

Mussett also talked about the Women’s Historical Project, also known as the “Oklahoma HerStory Project”, which gives women veterans a chance to make connections with one another. Each woman veteran in attendance will also have her picture taken in front of the Capitol, free of charge. These headshots can be used for resumes, profile pictures, personal use and with the woman’s permission, it is linked into the State Veteran Registry.

“I tell everyone to ask a kid what a veteran looks like,” says Lisa. “Help them to know that women that look like me, or my buddies are veterans as well.”

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